Past Projects






 Update: new COULOIR recording
 Maxwell, Muhly and Couloir

 released May 13, 2016


WINE DARK SEA is the debut Ravello release from “music’s new rare pair”, Couloir (The Georgia Straight), with evocative, emotional music by today’s living composers. Deftly interpreted and expressively performed by Canada’s outstanding contemporary music duo, this music by Jocelyn Morlock, Baljinder Sekhon and Glenn Buhr allows a journey into deep listening.  “A profoundly beautiful piece of art.” (Glenn Sutherland, Composer)

“..the body language of cellist Barnes and harpist Heidi Krutzen drew the assemblage into their shared artistic vision so convincingly… many welcome moments of emotional/intellectual bliss.”

"Only virtuosi dare attempt this [Valeri Kikta - Sonata]  at times rhapsodic, frequently introspective set of theme and variations.  It would be hard to imagine a more deeply felt satisfying result."

“The musicians are skillful, deeply connected to the moment of creation both with their own instruments and each other”





Ariel Barnes is principal cello for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2013.

Internationally recognized for his unique tone, passionate performances and one vital half of COULOIR, Ariel is actively involved in the development of 21st Century Art Music. Ariel has also been recently selected by the CBC as one of six Canadian cellists for its celebrated Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project.

" Truly an inspiring artist, Ariel Barnes is the outstanding Canadian cellist of his generation ... it's always an event when he performs."

Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

" The ability to reach deep into his listeners souls "

Music on Main


Heidi Krutzen is principal harp for the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

Recent concert highlights include London, Berlin, Prague, and Warsaw, guest principal harp appearances at the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC with the National Symphony Orchestra, Tapai, Taiwan with the Formosa Quartet, and a performance with her Trio at the Edinburgh International Festival.

A member of several acclaimed chamber groups, COULOIR, Trio Verlaine, Krutzen/McGhee Duo and the Turning Point Ensemble, Heidi has toured extensively throughout North America, UK and Asia and performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPR, and CBC Radio.