Our ensemble is called Isis. Er….

Our ensemble is called Isis. Er….


norman lebrecht

September 29, 2014

There’s a rather good London ensemble with a little problem. They’ve been around for nine years and are just getting ready for anniversary liftoff. But some other group seems to have hijacked their name. What do you think they should do?

Read here.


h/t: Susanne Stanzeleit


  • SVM says:

    Completely avoiding a future fortuitous name-clash is almost impossible; to suggest that the ensemble should go to the considerable time and expense of rebranding itself would be nonsensical. It would be like suggesting that every person with the forename Ira should have got a deed poll in the 1980s/1990s on account of the Irish troubles.

  • Neil McGowan says:

    The name of the deity Isis – who gave birth to Horus in an incestuous union with her brother Osiris – probably occurred to the bods from Mossad and the Pentagon who first created this organisation in the first place.

    Perhaps Sarastro’s aria in THE MAGIC FLUTE will need to be renamed in future, too.

  • Martin says:

    According to my knowledge the terror group now calls itself IS, not ISIS.

    But even if they still use the 4 letter version, this shall not make musicians change their identity. They should even go a step further and play pieces by muslim composers or play arab themed pieces.

    It would be gay to change the name…. See the irony here? No group has the right to monopolize a regular word.

  • Jim says:

    This happened to a New Zealand band called Shihad after sept 11 2001: