Author Archives: Matthew Barley

The Girl from Ipanema

On June 5th I shall be introducing a new programme, presented in a new way, at London’s newest concert hall….well, it’s 10 years since I played at the opening weekend at Kings Place, but it still makes it the newest…and one of the finest cello acoustics I know. The programme is a departure for me, […]

New CD Release: Night Journey with Adrian Freedman

Quite a few years ago now, master shakuhachi player Adrian Freedman and I began to set up equipment and get ourselves comfortable around 7 in the evening in a church in Totnes, Devon. By the time we had sound-checked, finding the ideal recorded sound in a beautiful natural acoustic with incredibly high-quality gear, it was […]

New website…and Calefax…

Welcome to my new website! It’s been a funny journey, only necessitated by the fact that my old site was hacked and therefore my email address compromised…emails started going astray and so my hand was forced: the only way to fix it was to build a whole new site…however, it’s actually been great to do […]

More Finnish eulogising

Just back from another mid-winter trip to Finland, feeling, yet again, so inspired by the education system there, and the resulting standard of musicians and human beings! I spent a week teaching improvisation at one of the major music schools, both with students and with teachers and it was such a joyful experience. Particularly with […]

New Year, Crescendo, Holiday.

After our first New Year’s party at home for years, which was huge fun, January started quite quietly only to get busier and busier, ending with 11 concerts in 10 days at the largest chamber music festival in the southern hemisphere in Nelson, New Zealand. I began the year’s work in Brno for the 2nd […]