Matthew Barley/Cellist

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Albert Einstein

Back at Kings Place

Right now I’m in sunny Lyon, rehearsing Brett Dean’s amazing score for cello and electronics for the genius ballet of Jiri Kylian: One of a Kind. It’s such a privilege to be a part of.

But next week I’m back in London with two new programmes for the Kings Place Festival on Friday 14th. First, at 12.30pm I’m playing with an extraordinary musician – Adrian Freedman – an Englishman who lived in Japan for 7 years studying the Japanese flute, the Shakuhachi. It’s one of the most beautiful instruments I know, a haunting, totally human sound that goes straight to your soul. We’re going to be presenting a programme that will be built around silence (sounds like an easy gig?). It takes enormous concentration, and is deeply meditative…the silence begins to have a musical quality of its own, and each phrase of music that pierces that silence sounds so full . Adrian’s CD, Music on the Edge of Silence is an inspiration for it.

Then at 1.45pm I’m with my old running mate (equally wonderful!) Julian Joseph, and the one-and-only Paul Clarvis on percussion for a new collection of Brazilian songs including Beatriz (I think it’s one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, based on a true story about an Austrian medical student’s hopeless love for a ballerina), and Aguas de Marco, the song some considered Jobim’s greatest.