Meet the Artist: Netia Jones

Monday, 14 September, 2020
Netia Jones Lightmap

Netia Jones is a director, designer and video artist working in opera, theatre and staged concerts and is the co-creator and director for Least Like the Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy. She is director of Lightmap, the acclaimed mixed media creative studio working internationally in live film, interactive media and projection projects. We caught up with her to find our more about her favourite music.

Heinrich Biber is one of my all time favourite composers. Battalia is theatrical, brilliant and biting, using scordatura (retuning the violin strings), paper woven through the strings, polytonality, bashing the violin with the bow (col legno) and various other extended techniques to create a portrait of battle, and possibly a mordant and discomforting reflection of the composers feelings about the relentless and destructive Thirty Years War. The whole piece is amazing, but the second movement, Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor ("The dissolute society of all sorts") depicting drunken soldiers, where every instrument is playing in a different key and time signature, is wild. This is a great recording, I listen to Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI almost every single day as loud as possible (whatever they are playing).

What kind of music do you most like listening to and why?

I'm very keen on music pre 1800, and post 1900, and not at all keen on anything in between. If it is discordant, polytonal, experimental or multilayered I'm in. But currently I'm revisiting all the amazing mash-ups which were a craze about ten years ago, when genius DJ's smashed two unrelated songs together and created a spectacular third one. This one is a great example:

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

Heinrich Biber, Leoš Janáček, György Ligeti, and right now, Eddie South

What was your first experience with opera?

I went with my school to Peter Grimes. It blew my mind and I drew posters of it for months afterwards.

What’s your favourite opera or piece of musical theatre?

The Makropolous Case. Amazing play, amazing opera.

What was the last piece of music/song that you listened to?

I'm currently listening to Eddie South's Praeludium and Allegro. I played this in school and wish I could have played it like this!