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Matthew Coley

  • First Unitarian Society of Madison 900 University Bay Drive Madison, WI, 53705 United States (map)
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Iowa-based musician and composer Matthew Coley has had a presence in Madison over the past couple of years as a member of the percussion-centered new-music ensemble Clocks In Motion. While the marimba is his main instrument—and he directs the multi-faceted Heartland Marimba Festival—Coley's virtuosity also extends to hammered dulcimers, which has made quite a treat for anyone who's caught CIM lately. He plays here on a holiday tour that focuses on a mix of Bach and Christmas carols, all performed on solo marimba. He has promised "athletic arrangements" of "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Frosty The Snowman," among other holiday tunes. The Bach selections will draw from book II of the composer's Well-Tempered Clavier collection, kicking off a longer-term project in which Coley plans to play all the compositions from that book across a number of performances around the country. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 21
Draw-In (free)
Later Event: December 22
Nate Craig