August 21, 2015

It’s easy (too easy) to think of any classical artist who is covering a pop song as a musician who is engaged in a little bit of opportunism. That’s because there is sometimes a little bit of pandering involved. But on other occasions, the crossover move really works. Click play on our mix, and you’ll hear one of those successes: cellist Matt Haimovitz’s scratchy-then-melodic cover of The Beatles’ iconic “Helter Skelter.” Aside from the performance’s ingenuity, it’s impressive that it also comes on Haimovitz’s new multidisc set of solo cello pieces (on which he plays music by Philip Glass as well as Luigi Dallapiccola). Continue reading

Norwalk Citizen: From Bach to the Beatles, cellist set to blur boundaries at Silvermine

April 10, 2013

In this cyber age, it is relatively easy to see all manner of recorded classical music performances online, from virtuosos fronting world-class orchestras to small ensembles filling intimate spaces. Rising stars Continue reading

Proust Eats a Sandwich: Speakeasy cello

October 21, 2012

On Friday, there was no vibraslap in sight, though some talking of slapping a few of our fellow patrons at an unspeakable place down in the sea of warehouses in KC’s West Bottoms. Continue reading

All About Jazz: Matt Haimovitz: Celebrating the Connection Between Music

March 16, 2011

It’s a fairly audacious idea for a cello octet to interpret the music of jazz icons such as bassist Charles Mingus, trumpeter Miles Davis and saxophonist Ornette Coleman, never mind the Mahavishnu Orchestra, but clearly, as seen on the compelling Meeting of the Spirits, cellist Matt Haimovitz loves a challenge. Challenge is something he’s used to, since Continue reading

In A Blue Mood: Uccello’s Intriguing Chamber Group’s Jazz Interpretations

February 17, 2011

A cello ensemble playing big band arrangements is an unusual concept, but cellist Matt Haimovitz and the ensemble Uccello are heard doing material from John McLaughlin and Ornette Coleman to Gershwin on Continue reading

La Presse: Grammy 2011: des violoncellistes montréalais en nomination

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

All About Jazz: Matt Haimovitz/Uccello: Meeting of the Spirits

February 2, 2011

That the classical music world should visit jazz repertory is not without precedent. As the saying goes, there’s nothing new under the sun. However, the spirits summoned here belong to that of visionary musician and internationally renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz and respected composer/arranger David Sanford. Together with the eight-piece cello ensemble, Uccello, the duo reconfigure classics by Continue reading

Jazz Police: Strings (and Things) That Tickled Our Ears in 2010

January 10, 2011

A virtuoso cellist who plays classical concert halls and punk rock clubs, Matt Haimovitz attended Harvard and Julliard, and has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Grand Prix du Disque, among other honors. Most interesting is his repertoire, which on any given night might include Continue reading

SFCV.org: Spirits Meet, Cross Paths

December 27, 2010

In February, if this album garners the Grammy it’s been nominated for, it will not only properly reward Matt Haimovitz and his self-described big band of cellos, it will also help legitimize the concept of Continue reading

San Francisco Classical Voice: Matt Haimovitz: Crossover Cellist Up for a Grammy

December 13, 2010

Matt Haimovitz is finishing off a landmark birthday year, and so is his instrument. The Montreal-based cellist, celebrated for his spirited approach to genre-bending and performance, is a mere 40. But his cello, made by Venetian luthier Matteo Goffriller, has turned 300. This year, the birthday pair, in company with Continue reading