Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.

Plato

Freezing in Zagreb…

Lovely to be back in Zagreb which is looking picturesque, especially the old town, covered in snow and ice. I’ve been giving some masterclasses to talented cellists, and had a great impro session today with the celebrated Zagreb soloists, with whom I play in their 55th birthday concerts on Monday and Tuesday; Haydn C major, and some new arrangements of Golijov, Piazzolla and Jobim for cello and strings. I was taken out to lunch today by a colleague, who was about to order a fish stew with eels and frogs, but the waiter said it would take too long (we had a rehearsal deadline). I was a little relieved, but maybe I should go back and try it? After all, I did try a sheeps brain in Kazakhstan a few years ago…not terribly pleasant if I remember rightly…