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the Silo Family

SiloSQ are at the leading edge of new string quartet repertoire in Australia and internationally, performing and recording in a wide range of versatile genres with some of the worlds top musicians and performers. SiloSQ push the boundaries of string quartet repertoire, launching new composers onto the world stage through performances and recordings.  

Silo string quartet

Founded in 1998 by cellist and composer Caerwen Martin, SiloSQ is at the forefront of new music in Australia. Silo regularly give Australian and world premiere performances of Australian and international scores to critical acclaim. Silo has performed at many of Australia’s major venues and music festivals, such as the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, and has worked with some of the best Australian and international composers and performers such as Scott McIntyre, Brendan Colbert, Johanna Selleck, Eve Duncan, Brenton Broadstock, David Chisholm, John Butler, Guy Pearce, Way of the Eagle, Owl Eyes, Hugh Jackman, Dj Spooky, Grey Ghost, Vince Jones, Vika Bull and Joe Camilleri. 

In 2008 SiloSQ performed with UK trombonist Barrie Webb at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2013 Silo completed a national tour with the Here Comes the Night show. SiloSQ has recorded 5 Albums including What We Talk About..., out on Crackbell records, Clouds for electric and acoustic string quartet, After the Dark, Luminal and Origami featuring the compositions of David Chisholm. SiloSQ also features on Soaring at Dawn by Fiona Burnett released by ABC, Stuttershine by Austin Buckett, Butterfly Modernism and Caerwen Martin's solo album, This is Where Life Leads Us. SiloSQ are also to be heard on the sound tracks of the feature film Lost and Found and the television series Serangoon Road. 

Violin 1Aaron Barnden

Aaron Barnden is a violinist who has been performing professionally since 1998, in Melbourne and internationally performing at such places as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall, New York. He was a student in the Advanced Performance Program at ANAM in 1999 and received his Master of Music degree (Performance) from University of Melbourne in 2001. He has worked for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) among many others.

Aaron has also taught violin at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary College. Aside from his background in traditional Classical repertoire, he has studied keyboard improvisation (at Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Alan Slater, and privately with Andrea Keller in Melbourne); performs in a variety of genres, such as Tango, Fado, Mariachi and a number of contemporary styles; and is involved in Australia’s New Music scene, working with ensembles such as Arcko, Astra and the Silo String quartet. He is currently working with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Violin 2 Jessica Bell

Jessica is an alumni of the Australian National Academy of Music and a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith Univesity. Having begun learning the violin at the age of 9 she now enjoys an exciting career in the music industry, performing music of all genres from classical to pop, rock, contemporary and musical theatre. Jessica has travelled extensively throughout Australia with Opera Australias touring branch OzOpera, in the role of principal 2nd violin and Concertmaster.  She is an active member of the musical community in Melbourne, frequently performing in orchestral and chamber music concerts in a variety of venues throughout Victoria. Jessica is also highly sought after in the commercial music community, recording and performing with some of Australias most popular commercial,  jazz and caberet artists and musical theatre productions. She has a strong passion for music education, enjoying her love of teaching the violin.  

Viola Ceridwen Davies

Ceridwen enjoys an exciting freelance career,  is a regular guest musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performed with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's and Orchestra Victoria. Also working a number of years in Japan with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. 

 She is a longstanding member of Silo String Quartet, performing both locally and abroad in the Melbourne International Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and at Carnegie Hall, New York.

 As a member of Melbourne’s Musical Theatre scene, Ceridwen has enjoyed playing in major productions including Miss Saigon at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Les Miserables (1998) and Phantom of the Opera at the Princess Theatre, Love Never Dies at the Regent Theatre and most recently South Pacific at the Princess Theatre.

She has had the privilege of performing and touring with Archie Roach as well as the Black Arm Band. She has toured with Joe Camilleri, performed with Nick Cave, Harry Connick Jr, Dionne Warwick, Lalo Schifrin and many other legendry artists. As a session musician, recording numerous soundtracks for movies, pop/rock/folk albums (most recently with Guy Pearce, with Silo), and many other exciting recording projects.  


Violoncello Caerwen Martin

Caerwen (MMusPerf) is a cellist, composer, teacher and contemporary music specialist. Caerwen has studied at Victorian College of the Arts and in Germany, Croatia, England, and Perth. She has been awarded numerous scholarships including the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship and the John T. Reid scholarship. 

Caerwen has toured nationally and internationally in Europe, America, New Zealand and South Africa. She has toured with Geminiani Orchestra, Naked Raven, Silo String Quartet, Skin String Quartet, David Chesworth Ensemble, Kane Alexander, Vince Jones, Joe Camilleri, Vika Bull, Black Arm Band, Ruth Roshan Tango Noir, Cam Butler, Ruth Roshan Tango Noir, Clare Bowditch, David Hobson, Emmaline Delapaix, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra and USA singer Toni Childs.

Caerwen has performed at most of the major Australian international arts festivals including Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Brisbane, and Perth Arts Festivals, WOMADelaide, Monafoma, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music and Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Caerwen has also performed in duet with Clare Bowditch on national television for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the London Olympians.

Caerwen is the founding member of SiloSQ and has been performing, composing, arranging, managing, touring and recording with them for over 15 years. Caerwen is renowned for her dynamic performance and versatility. She has performed, recorded and managed strings with such musicians as Hugh Jackman, John Butler, Katie Noonan, Tim Freedman, Silvie Paladino, Marina Prior, Simon Gleason, Sophie Koh, Renee Geyer, Glen Shorrock, Ross Wilson, Tina Arena, Guy Pearce, David Hobson, the St Petersburg Ballet.