Japan-born British clarinettist Anna Hashimoto compiled a wide-ranging programme for her ‘Roots’ recital at St John’s Smith Square. Performing works from Britain and Japan as a soloist, accompanied by pianist Daniel King Smith and as part of the Atéa Wind Quintet, this was one of Hashimoto’s two recitals at the venue as part of its young artists’ scheme, which offers mentoring, performance opportunities and support to musicians early in their careers.
Where lies the boundary between musical performance and performance art? With more and more musicians choosing to incorporate digital or multimedia elements into their performances, concerts are increasingly defying easy categorisation. “Cage and Time” was a case in point: works by a number of composers were stitched into an uninterrupted 90-minute whole, with complex projections and a highly theatricalised manner of performance added to the mix. This ambitious performance was a fascinating collage of sight and sound, yet fell somewhat flat towards its end.