January 24 2013
Paul Moravec: Northern Lights Electric and Thomas Oboe Lee: Six Concertos. BMOP/sound.
Musical quibbles aside, the performances on both albums from Boston Modern Music Project’s in-house label, BMOP/sound, are top-notch.
While the overall situation for American orchestras appears rather grim these days, how fortunate it is that the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and music director Gil Rose continue their vital undertaking of championing Continue reading
May 24, 2012
★ Trinity Choir (Thursday) The choir of Trinity Church, at Wall Street, is renowned for the breadth of its repertory, though most listeners think of it primarily for its performances of Baroque and Classical works. It is traveling uptown for a concert of new music, including a setting of Rilke songs and arrangements of spirituals by its music director, Julian Wachner, as well as scores by three female composers, Luna Pearl Woolf, Laura Elise Schwendinger and Du Yun. The cellist Matt Haimovitz (who is married to Ms. Woolf) will also perform. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $48 to $62. (Kozinn)
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March 19, 2012
Airing: Friday, March 23, 2012
Best of The Week and Matt Haimovitz & Chris O’Riley
Fridays on the show, we play our best interviews of the week with a musical performance from cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley. Their unique takes on Continue reading
February 11, 2011
Album: Meeting of the Spirits (Oxingale)
Nominated for: Best Classical Crossover Album
The tracks conjure up the ghosts of jazz legends like Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis and Billy Strayhorn, but the sound is something completely new as McGill University professor Matt Haimovitz and friends turn the cello into a big-band warrior Continue reading
February 11, 2011
Peu de Montréalais savent que le violoncelliste montréalais Matt Haimovitz et son ensemble Uccello sont finalistes aux Grammys ce dimanche, catégorie «best classical crossover album». Classique? Crossover? Continue reading
Meeting of the Spirits
Matt Haimovitz & Uccello’s Meeting of the Spirits wins
2011 GRAMMY NOMINATION
Best Classical Crossover Album
2011 GRAMMY AWARD
David Frost, Best Classical Producer
The album that The Montreal Gazette called “one of the most original and compelling jazz albums in recent memory” has now been nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Classical Crossover Album. Matt Haimovitz and his all-cello band Uccello’s Meeting of the Spirits features jazz milestones re-imagined for a big band of cellos, arranged by Rome Prize-winning composer David Sanford. The cellos wail, slide, and swing in an all-new big band sound – joined by dazzling musical contributions from guitar legend John McLaughlin, percussionist Matt Wilson and Jan Jarczyk on keyboards – in works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu), Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn and other jazz greats.
JazzWax praises the album’s “deft dramatic beauty” while NPR.org says that “This agile band of players, led by such a free spirit, makes almost everything sound fresh.” Ariama.com calls the album “entirely winning … a terrific, and terrifically fun, release.” The CD is now being featured on over 100 radio stations across North America.
Recorded at McGill’s Schulich School of Music MMR studio in Montreal and at the legendary Stadium Red in Harlem, NY, Meeting of the Spirits is produced by multi-Grammy Award winner David Frost, also nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical for his work on this album and others.
Oxingale Music has published the sheet music for the pieces on Meeting of the Spirits. Please visit oxingalemusic.com to learn more and order sheet music.