Author Archives: Matthew Barley

A Love Affair Continues…

Yes, I really do love India! The colours, the food, the history, the smiles, the languages, the religions, the light and the darkness, and, of course, the music. My first trip there was in the early ‘90s when a 5-week tour with the British Council and a small chamber group exploded into my young consciousness. […]

My most exotic programme…

Next Monday I play a very exotic programme in Portsmouth…well, exotic for me, which, in this case, is Schumann, Beethoven, Janacek and Brahms. I think it’s about 20 years since I have played a programme with nothing contemporary, electronic, Indian, Brazilian, improvised, or just generally weird. So it’s been a great joy to immerse myself […]

Charhdi Kala

  Imagine, in the course of a week, meeting, say, Colin Currie, Danielle de Niese Hilary Hahn, Piotr Anderszewski, Pekka Kuusisto, Laurence Power, Avi Avital, Mahan Estafani and a handful of others. Not only do you meet them, but you get to hear them all play for you in a private and relaxed setting, and […]

Happy Birthday Joshua!

My dear nephew is 10 today, out in California. I miss him, and one of the high points of next year will be some work on the West coast – can’t wait to see you Joshua, and have a great 10th Birthday! Love you! Uncle Matthew

Amsterdam with Manu Delago

November 24th and 25th, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Kleine Saal in the series Tracks: I’ll be playing with Austrian hang drum player, Manu Delago. Apart from a small set at 3am in my Barbican all-nighter they will be our first performances together, so I’m really looking forward to sharing that stage and acoustic with such a fine […]