Celloman presents Arpezzato: A new style of cello playing.

Celloman is the artist name of cellist and composer Ivan Hussey. The project has been active for over twenty years under various guises including an electric band, acoustic string trio, and solo cello, combining a unique blend of classical, jazz and world music, and in this time, he has released seven albums and has performed extensively across the UK and abroad including at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad, Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar) and Exit Festival in Serbia.

This entertaining and informative solo show is split into two halves; the first half discusses, through examples, the changing role of the cello in history, from bass instrument to melodic instrument. Here, the cello is introduced as a harmonic instrument, much like the guitar, through a new style of cello playing called Arpezzato, a combination of the words ‘Arpeggio’ and ‘Pizzicato’. Playing examples taken from his 2019 album Arpezzato Cello, Ivan uses finger techniques imported from the world of rock/pop, blues and jazz and applies them to the cello.

The second half takes the same compositions and builds on them through the addition of bowed melody and harmony where Ivan will duet with a virtual version of himself, performing pieces taken from a brand new Celloman album entitled Cello Moods & Broods, released to accompany these solo dates.

Alongside his work with Celloman, Ivan has had a distinguished career as a session cellist, performing and recording with the likes of Mick Jagger, Soul II Soul, Incognito, Jay Z, The Lighthouse Family, Snow Patrol, Annie Lennox, Duran Duran, Gabrielle, Natacha Atlas, Smoke City, Shaun Escoffrey, Third World, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and many more. He has performed at various cello festivals including Belgrade Cello Festival and Beyond Cello in London.

“… The star is Hussey’s Cello, proof that the instrument can be surprising, sensuous and funky – all at the same time.” - The Observer

“Showcasing the cello’s versatility as a rich harmonic instrument, with slides, hammer-ons and arpeggios” – Musician Magazine

“A collection of beautiful and uplifting original compositions” – All About Jazz

Tickets: £10

Book your tickets now for Concert Pitch at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Forest Arts Centre, New Milton now!

Enjoy a free taster performance at Forest Arts Centre Wednesday 25 May, 1pm as Ivan performs a short set from the cafe.


  • Ivan Hussey holds his cello on the coast.

Dates and times

  1. Thu 9 Jun 2022