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  • Tue
    27
    Jan
    2015
    Wed
    28
    Jan
    2015

    Homophonic!

    7:30pm
    La Mama Courthouse Theatre
    349 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053

    3 Shades Black and La Mama Theatre are proud to present Homophonic!, an evening of new classical music by queer composers. Celebrating sapphic symphonists, homosexual harmonies and the long and proud tradition of composers being as gay as the day is long.

    Classical music has a rich heritage of LGBT musicians and composers, and this concert is celebrating the legacy of artists such as Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Copland and Cage, by performing the work of 20th and 21st century queer composers, in an exciting program that is sure to entertain and enlighten even the most experienced concert goer.

    We're bringing the disco ball to the concert hall! Come along to hear some of Melbourne's most in demand classical musicians play some outlandishly fabulous music, and experience the sound world of the LGBT composers of today.

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    The Rolling Wave

    7:30pm

    fortyfive downstairs

    45 Flinders Lane Melbourne

    The Rolling Wave is a recital of music performed by Matthew Horsley on the complex, evocative and eccentric uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), as the culmination of his JUMP mentorship with renowned Irish musician Mikie Smyth. The program will include Matthew’s interpretations of the jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs that comprise the traditional Irish piping repertoire as well as world premieres by Luke Paulding, Jeanette Little and Matthew Horsley. The Rolling Wave will offer a glimpse into the rich history of the piping tradition while simultaneously exploring new possibilities for this rarely-heard instrument in the twenty-first century.

    Tickets at http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/events/the-rolling-wave/

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2015

    Bach in the Block Arcade

    1-3:30pm

    Block Arcade

    282 Collins St Melbourne

    Against sensible judgement, I've decided to interpret some JS Bach selections on uilleann pipes as part of the Bach in the Subways, an international celebration of Bach's music. There'll be a variety of musician's playing between 1 and 3:30pm. My slot's at 2:40pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2015

    St Patrick's Day Weekend Concert

    4pm

    Bendigo South East College Theatre

    Ellis St, Bendigo

    Delight in the traditional sounds of Irish Music and song. Be amazed by authentic Irish dancers and experience authentic Irish Drama at the Concert.

    Internationally renowned uileann piper Mathew Horsley and the internationally acclaimed O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dancers will be performing, along with many others.

    Directed by John Clancy

    Tickets Adults $15 / Concession $12

    $8 for 16 Years & Below

    For information on bookings call Mr. John Clancy 54426649 ( until the 1st of March ) & Mr. Dan O’Riordan 54421903 ( after the 1st of March )

    Download the Flyer

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2015
    Mon
    06
    Apr
    2015

    National Folk Festival

    Exhibition Park, Canberra

    Looking forward to a weekend of havoc at the Nash. Amongst other things I'll be playing for the Pipers' Gathering workshop with the excellent folk of the Celtic Piping Club. https://www.facebook.com/events/1567803646792188

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Art Rock And Beyond!

    7:30pm

    Melba Hall

    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

    Looking forward to a night of madness for electric guitars and lesser instruments curated by the wonderful Stuart Fisher. I'll be playing some drum kit in Brendon Randall-Myers utterly excessive Double Double and Steve Reich's (also somewhat excessive) 2x5. And one hell of a band including Ken Murray, Peter Neville and Jacob Abela. Turn up, plug in, rock out...

    https://www.facebook.com/events/867339199991643/

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015
    Sun
    31
    May
    2015

    Semaphore

    Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

    Looking forward to playing some amazing music by Kate Neal with a great band and dancers! Six shows - not to be missed...

    https://www.facebook.com/events/632430140236830/

    Composer Kate Neal creates a compelling and intriguing multimedia exploration of signalling, communication and miscommunication.

    Using physical, visual and aural encoding systems – Semaphore, Morse code, pennants, lights and binary code – three dancers and eight musicians synchronize in a coordinated choreography of bodies, music and animation, augmented by archival recordings of World War II signalmen to generate an immersive display of sound and vision.

    FREE PUBLIC TALK:
    Join Senior Naval Historical Officer at the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), John Perryman, as he provides a unique insight into the history and development of visual signalling used in naval communications over the past 200 years. Sat 30 May, 6.30pm

  • Fri
    05
    Jun
    2015
    Mon
    08
    Jun
    2015

    National Celtic Festival

    Portarlington, Victoria

    Excited for another great NCF at Portarlington. I'll be part of a presentation by the Celtic Piping Club and otherwise smashing some tunes with Australia's finest.

  • Mon
    29
    Jun
    2015

    Do You See What I Hear?

    7:30pm

    La Mama Theatre

    205 Faraday St Carlton

    Looking forward to decoding some of Carmen Chan's wonderful graphic scores at La Mama. Also featuring Carmen Chan and Simon Charles.

    http://lamama.com.au/2015-autumn-program/la-mama-musica-do-you-see-what-i-hear

  • Sun
    05
    Jul
    2015

    Rust In The Wheat

    3pm

    The Abbotsford Convent - The Oratory
    1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

    Rust In The Wheat, a part of the New Music Network's 2015 Mini-Series, is a confluence of acoustic and electronic sound. For one evening only at the Abbotsford Convent’s Oratory, XN (Stuart Fisher and Ryan Williams) and Matthew Horsley will perform a program of new music by Australian and international composers on an eclectic array of old and new instruments.

    Multi-instrumentalist and composer Matthew Horsley specialises in the uilleann pipes, a bellows-blown bagpipe iconic to Irish traditional music. He will present two works that he has commissioned from emerging Australian composers Jeanette Olivia Little and Luke Paulding, that use electronic sounds and processes to relocate the uilleann pipes into new sonic spaces. These will be coupled with the world premiere of Matthew Horsley’s own composition Rust In The Wheat, based on the sinuous apocalyptic prose of Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter.

    XN, a new collaboration between guitarist Stuart Fisher and blockflutist Ryan Williams, will present an exciting program of diverse sonic landscapes, interweaving the sounds and textures of a range of guitars and recorders through a complex array of live electronics. The set will feature two new semi-improvised works by XN which go beyond the standard technical capabilities of the instruments and then take another step into the sonic unknown through electronic manipulation. Also to be featured will be two European works which highlight contrasting aspects of the ensemble’s capabilities.

    Tickets available from http://www.trybooking.com/HWHU or at the door.

  • Fri
    18
    Sep
    2015
    Sun
    20
    Sep
    2015

    The Turning Wave

    Yass

    Looking forward to a fun weekend up in Yass. As well as general festival debauchery, I'll be playing in the Rolling Wave Suite - an original performance piece for orchestra and traditional band, voices and dance.

    More at http://www.turningwave.org.au/

  • Mon
    21
    Sep
    2015

    Meditations in the Gardens of Moonlight

    7:30pm

    La Mama Theatre

    205 Faraday St, Carlton

    I'll be collaborating with the brilliant Sarah Wilmot for this performance at La Mama Musica.

    Meditation in the Gardens of Moonlight will feature solos and duos from Sarah Wilmot and Matthew Horsley in a series of invocations, laments and lullabies, channeled through the timbres of uilleann pipes, voice, singing bowls, flutes and bells. The performance will draw on time-honoured musical traditions and contemporary improvised languages as it traverses the phases of the moon and the turning of the seasons.

    Bookings at www.trybooking.com/130402

  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015

    翻译山 FānYìShān - Translating Mountains

    6pm and 9:30pm

    Conduit Arts

    83 Brunswick St Fitzroy

    6pm and 9:30pm

    I'll be playing in my second Fringe Festival show for this year. This time interpreting music by Miranda Hill, Naima Fine and Jennifer Torrence that came out of their residency in Yunnan, China. You could also come on Saturday but I won't be there...

    https://www.melbournefringe.com.au/program/event/view/25d310bb-ff67-4332-934b-2a808717edcd

    Escape the bright city lights and come with us to the mountains of Yunnan. The white walls of Conduit Arts will be transformed into the mountains and memories of the Naxi people of Lashihai.

    This new cross-media graphic score by Miranda Hill explores the melodies of family and natural histories; taking an ancient language and reinterpreting it through new musical expression.

    FānYìShān translates the spoken languages of Lijiang into a musical language. It takes the natural melody of tonal languages and joyous inflection of storytelling, and sets them against the imposing mountainous horizon.

    This work explores the intricacy of meaning, of what's gained and lost in the act of translation, of languages not taught in schools and a culture fighting assimilation. It tells a story of lived history, of a changing landscape, and a grandparent's love.

    Created while in residency at Lijiang Studio, Yunnan, China, as part of the collaborative duo Fine Fine Small Mountain.

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015

    Matthew Horsley @ Farouk's Olive

    5pm

    Farouk's Olive

    711 High St, Thornbury

    5pm

    Playing a solo set of pipering favourites at the lovely Farouk's Olive. Also featuring Ysk Lightspeed Chamber and Jeremy Rough.

  • Mon
    05
    Oct
    2015

    Australian Waters

    1:10pm

    Melba Hall

    Royal Parade, Parkville

    I'll be presenting a free concert of new and old music for uilleann pipes as part of the University of Melbourne's lunchtime recital series. Including Jeanette Little's magnificent Barbaric Yawp and some of Dave Flynn's Five Etudes for Uilleann Pipes. And also featuring Trioc with myself, Allan Evans on harp/whistle and Cameron Hibbs on fiddle.

  • Sat
    31
    Oct
    2015

    From Sorrowing Earth

    7:30pm

    Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank

    Playing my first orchestral gig in a long time with Arcko. We'll be celebrating Nigel Butterley's 80th birthday with a few of his compositions and a new piano concerto by Elliott Gyger.

  • Thu
    19
    Nov
    2015

    Australian Waters Album Launch

    7pm

    The Oratory,

    Abbotsford Convent

    Here it is! I'm very excited to launch my uilleann piping album, Australian Waters, and I'd love it if you could join me for an intimate acoustic concert. This will feature all the guests from my album, Mairead Hurley, Ado Barker, Elliott Folvig and Trioc. $10 on the door. HMatthew Horsley - WEB SIZED - by Lucy Spartalis Melbourne Music Photographer-79ope to see you there!

  • Fri
    04
    Dec
    2015
    Sun
    06
    Dec
    2015

    Domicile

    8pm

    A residential address in Carlton which will be revealed when you book.

    Behind the closed doors of a family home, Domicile brings together a series of sound works that investigate the body, the voice, and our personal, domestic lives. The audience is invited to explore the various spaces of the home at their own pace, with each room housing installations and performances. The viewer finds themselves in an unusually voyeuristic role, as if peeping into the private lives of the performers.

    Including works by Aviva Endean, Vinko Globokar, Dale Gorfinkel, Georges Aperghis, Angelo Nicolas Solari Parra and Wojtek Blecharz.

    Directed by Aviva Endean. Performed by Carolyn Connors, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Jenny Barnes, Niharika Senapati, Alexander Gellmann, Aviva Endean and Matthew Horsley. Set design by Romanie Harper.

    Bookings here.

4 thoughts on “Gigs

  1. Dear Matthew,

    My wife and I were at the MRC Salon last night (Tuesday 25the March 2014) to hear you play with Marshall McGuire and the Ludovico’s Band.
    What a great night and congratulations to all concerned.

    Our 9 year old grandson is learning the drums at his Primary School at Mt. Dandenong and is showing great promise.
    We were sorry that he was not with us last night to hear and see your performance on the drums.
    Can you tell us where you will be next performing and where as we are sure that he would be inspired to see and hear you?
    Any chance of another gig with Ludovicio’s Band?
    We look forward to hearing your playing on the Uilleann Pipes after you visit to Ireland.

    Regards,

    Jack Ide

    • Thanks a lot, Jack. Glad you enjoyed it. I don’t actually have too much coming up for the next month or so. The next major project is a contemporary opera for the Next Wave Festival in May but I’m not doing much in the way of conventional percussion for that. I’ll be overseas for the next Ludovico’s gig but I’d certainly love to work with them again. Things will very likely pop up. I’ll keep you posted.

      Thanks again,

      Matt

  2. Hi Matt, I am the Irish Warpiper that you have seen at various festivals along with my piping partner Tracy, we try to see you as much as we can. My work mate Peter Sullivan, you’ll know his face has just told me that your in a bit of a pickle with finances for your debut cd. He told me about a website that is backing you up, also he told me about the various ways or ‘deals’ which people can help.What about a show at my house in Fairfield before I have to sell and move out of my house?? It would be a great fare well. I saw your concert in the city, I think in Feb, didn’t get a chance to tell you how inspiring it was. Anyway get back to me, and cash up front for you!! Regards Rod

    • Hi Rod, good to hear from you! Sounds like you’ve been pretty well informed. I don’t know about in a pickle but yes, I’m taking preorders and contributions to help fund the album. The website is http://www.pozible.com/project/198185
      You’ll see that the performance option is already there for contributions of $150 or more. So yes, a house concert sounds great to me! Thanks and I’ll be in touch very soon.

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