Author Archives: Matthew Barley

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 […]


One my most satisfying, profound and just downright musical improvisation experiences ever has been with a group named Spontonality that was dreamed up with old friend Tim West, who then organised it with creativity and flair so five of us ended up in the most beautiful place imaginable for an impro week in Cornwall – […]