It’s been quite a year at Riot HQ. Aaron had to buy a new sofa in order to squeeze in all our new members of the artistic board. (Maybe I’ll pop a picture of the sofa up on instagram.) Our final ‘unveiling’ of the year is the astonishing clarinetist Ausiàs Garrigós Morant. Ausiàs will be joining us at Cardiff University for our second performance of wonderful text scores by the late Pauline Oliveros on Tuesday April 4th at 7.30pm. You have to think quickly on your feet for those, and the same goes for these interview questions below (although don’t ask Ausiàs how long it took to answer them …).
Welcome Ausiàs! Tell the ways in which you have Rioted so far …
Every day. Every morning. Against my alarm.
Teenage tearaway, or nerdy note-learner?
Tearaway. 100% impulsive.
Paquito d’Rivera has always been my musical (and clarinetist) hero and I would say one of the reasons why I play clarinet, too.
Favourite performance venue?
A half-improvised stage lost in the mountains of Sierra de Segura (Spain), a beautiful natural reserve that hosts a beautiful music festival – Musica en Segura.
People have said this about me …
‘Being as clumsy as you are, how is it possible that you have not dropped or broken your clarinets a thousand times?’ (By my mum – I still don’t know how!)
Strictly or X Factor?
Sorry, but this year, La Voz, the Spanish edition of The Voice, only because one of my best friends was in the final.
Salad cream or mayonnaise?
Mayonnaise (and french fries, and a touch of mustard, please).
I would most like to Riot about …
Climate change, and common sense – should they both not come together?