Sun, 5th November 2023
Berkhamsted Town Hall 196 High Street Berkhamsted HP4 3AP from 10.00AM – 7.00PM
Philip Clark - Host for Jonathan Coe & Jakko Jakszyk session.
Philip Clark will be in conversation with Jonathan Coe and Jakko Jakszyk, abouth their shared love of writing for both books and music. This session will start at 16.10
Philip Clark is a music journalist who has written about classical music, modern composition, jazz, free improvisation and rock music for many leading publications including The Wire, Gramophone, Classic FM Magazine, MOJO, Jazzwise, The Spectator, The Guardian, Financial Times and London Review of Books.
He trained as a composer (and in that capacity worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the percussionist Orphy Robinson), but has more recently preferred to produce his own sounds playing piano as part of a weekly free improvisation workshop.
Philip has interviewed many leading musicians of our age – including Pierre Boulez, Ornette Coleman, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Anita O’Day, Dave Brubeck, Ray Davies, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Humphrey Lyttelton (the last two on the same day) – and also the writers Iain Sinclair and Will Self, and the comedians John Cleese and Stewart Lee.
His biography of Dave Brubeck – A Life In Time – was published in 2020, and he worked with legendary guitarist of The Kinks, Dave Davies, on his autobiography, Living On A Thin Line, published in 2022. Philip is currently writing Sound and The City – due for publication in 2024 – a history of the sound of New York City. He was co-winner of the 2021 Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers Award, which gave him a year-long writer’s residency at the British Library.