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On the Road
The Cello goes Electronic

Matthew Barley, cello
DJ Cyril Briscoe
Mick Lally Theatre, Doors 7.30pm
Thursday 5 February

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €10 Book here

IMPORVISATION on Gregorian Chant. Syrian Chant, and Syrian Folk themes
GABRIELLI Ricercar no. 6 in G (1689)
BACH Suite no. 3 in C, BWV 1008
KODÁLY Solo cello sonata, 1st movt
BRITTEN Suite No. 3 for solo cello Op. 87
JOHN METCALFE Constant Filter for cello and electronics (2006)
DJ BEE / BARLEY Vanishing Tracks for cello and electronics

'“I wish more people would think about music the wayMatthew Barley does”' - The Times (London)

The man on the striking photo used for Music for Galway’s CELLISSIMO season, British cellist extraordinaire Matthew Barley brings his eclectic approach to playing the cello and to music in general to the Mick Lally Theatre on Thursday February 5th. Introducing the Maroon Lounge – the Galway version of Berlin’s and London’s Yellow Lounge – Matthew’s performance will be embedded in a club-style night with Music for Galway Board Member and DJ Cyril Briscoe. Cyril will set the mood before and after the performance by spinning music taking you from chamber to garage. Doors open at 7.30 pm; the cello performance starts at 8.30 pm.

Cello playing is at the centre of Matthew Barley’s career, while his musical world has virtually no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries. His programme ‘On The Road’ reflects this as it includes pieces for solo cello and cello with electronics from different periods starting from Gregorian times right up to the present day. On the programme are more established works by Bach and Kodaly as well as exploratory pieces such as Giovanni Sollima's collaborative Lamentatio for cello and electronics.

Music Director of BBC2 TV’s Classical Star programme, Matthew Barley is passionate about improvisation, multi-arts projects, new music, pioneering community programmes and education. indeed the Galway Music Residency is presenting a workshop on Music Making and the World of Cello with Matthew Barely at THE CUBE, NUI Galway on Friday 6 February 2.00 pm. Booking: 091 586706.

 He is a world-renowned cellist, who has performed in over 50 countries in many of the world’s great concert halls with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphonies and the Kremerata Baltica. Future projects include the BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Multi-Storey (a debut with the famed Car-Park orchestra), an 11-day residency with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and a new collaboration with guitarist Rainer Scheurenbrand.

Cyril Briscoe is a Galway-based Cultural Creative and board member of Music for Galway. He has had a long career as a Lecturer at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’ Centre for Creative Arts and Media and at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin as a lecturer in Fine Art Media from where he holds Masters Degrees. By night he moonlights at Galway’s longest running club night, 110th Street, which he runs with Cian O’Ciobhain. For the Maroon Lounge concert with Matthew Barley, Cyril will provide the opening salvo in the anteroom of the Mick Lally theatre; DJing, mixing and chopping up an expanse of sound and music to set the tone for what will be a unique event for the city.

Come along and experience what happens when the world of DJs intersects with that of classical music!


Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €10 Book here 




The Lavender Cello
Look out for our giant lavender cello , nicknamed the “Neachtivarius”, commissioned by Tigh Neachtain, crafted by Tommy Lennon.. .this will stand outside Neachtain’s for the entire week of the season launch and wil reappear at various times throughout the season.

Music for Galway is sponsored by the Arts Council and Galway City Council, and also thanks its many partners, corporate sponsors, Diamond Patrons and other Patrons and Friends.

Music for Galway
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Phone: 00353 91 705962
Email: info@musicforgalway.ie


Matthew Barley CR: Nick White

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