Julia Kent has released three solo records of looped cello and electronics, most recently “Character,” on the Leaf label, and has composed for theatre, film, and dance.
1. What do you do every day to express your elective affinity with nature, with the plants on your balcony, with the flowers that grow in your terrace or the trees in your garden?
Living in New York City, as I do, I recognize and celebrate the green around me and am grateful every day for the resilience of plants.
2. What is the plant that you like the most? Why you feel so attached to it?
I named a piece on one of my albums “Ailanthus,” in celebration of the tree that flourishes in the least welcoming corners of urban environments: it is known both as “weed-tree” and “tree of heaven,” and its leaf-pattern to me represents a sort of rhythm.
3.You’re leaving to a desert island and you can only take with you two things … and a plant. What would you put in your suitcase?
I would take the collected works of Nabokov, sunblock, and a succulent.
photo by Fionn Reilly