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Posts tagged “Cello


Some day I will read this famous book. Caught up on some classics from my native soil recently. Lotta lotta writers have sprung from that damp rock.”Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan is just brillunt, he is my new hero! His honesty and integrity shines, and that way with words. I acquired some new insults too!

I’m currently reading At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien, that comic genius and true poet. Making a fool of myself, roaring laughing in public.

Here’s a video from a few years ago. Thanks to Neasa!

Niamh de Barra Bloomsday 16th June 2010 from Neasa de Barra on Vimeo.

Easter News

Weeelll, the writing is finished now on this here EP I’m doing for Black Lantern Music. Gotta get my record on now. Followed by editing, mixing, the usual.

In other things, Harald Austbø’s tuition is great! I tend to go in waves with the cello anyway, few months on, few months off(or more than a few, eek). But, it’s awn right now. So very peaceful to play, you kind of zone out a bit. In this workaday world, that can’t be bad.

Cello stuffs

Cello lesson in Amsterdam again today, trying to loosen up that bowing arm. It has a tendency to tense up trying to stop the bow from tipping over or falling altogether. Gravity, innit! Seán Bergin put me in touch with Harald Austbø, a cellist and improviser who lives in Amsterdam.
He’s a student of Ernst Reijsiger, the composer and cellist who’s written music for a good few of Werner Herzog’s films (including “Wide Blue Yonder” and “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”). Beeeyyooootiful!

In the course of the lesson, talk of portability came up. I started playing the cello eight years ago for many reasons, but its portability (compared to a piano anyway) was one of them. Hundreds of bus journeys later -“Would you not play the tin-whistle?”; “I’d say you have some trouble getting that under your chin!”, cue gales of laughter – I realise it’s maybe not the most portable.

Still and all, hats off to those who try. Here’s Harald on mini-cello with the Bakfiets Band. This clip from a concert of Werner Herzog film music is beautiful, and round 8 minutes in you can see Ernst Reijsiger playing the cello standing up. Apparently he walks around with it sometimes too.

And, a bit less successfully by Woody Allen in “Take the money and run”.

The brilliant Herv released “Portable Music, Vol. 1” last year, made with Nintendo DS, Korg Monontron and (I think) an Ipad – a practical solution to having a very long bus commute to and from work. Get that show on the road, as they say!