Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music is the language that permits me to converse with the beyond.

Robert Schumann

Back in Köln with BTN

Between The Notes has another concert in the Köln Philharmonie tomorrow. It’s a wonderful hall and a wonderful project, to play Fraser Trainer’s Gadget, a concerto for BTN and orchestra, with interpolated improvisations between the movements from the very talented Gurzenich Orchestra Ensemble and the Herzchlag students, all conducted by Markus Stenz. This is the sixth time we’ve been out here in a year, and the orchestra is very remarkable, just so generous and musical and willing to take risks and experiment. I think that they will be starting a creative strand of community music that will be unique in Germany.