McGill News: The Adventurous Virtuoso

Spring-Summer 2011
Nobody really knows what recent Grammy Award nominee Matt Haimovitz is going to do next. And he likes it that way.

Matt Haimovitz has a knack for the unexpected. One of the most widely admired cellists of his generation, Haimovitz takes a certain delight in performing in places where classical musicians of his stature simply aren’t expected to turn up. Like pizza parlours and punk rock clubs, for instance.

And, while Haimovitz can handle works by the canonical composers of classical music with tremendous verve, it isn’t too surprising to find him tackling a piece of rock ’n’ roll now and then, or collaborating with a hip-hop artist like Montreal’s Socalled.

“When you hear that cellist Matt Haimovitz is coming to town, Continue reading

DownBeat: Meeting Of The Spirits

April 20, 2011

Like maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy, cello virtuoso Haimovitz is as au fait with Jimi Hendrix as J.S. Bach. This highly eclectic program features his groundbreaking cello octet with guests John McLaughlin, Matt Wilson Continue reading

CNN: Cellists kick out the jams at SXSW

March 19, 2011

When Matt Haimovitz and Uccello take the stage, they sometimes work their cellos more like guitars, or drums, or or any other instrument that might be chucked across the room in a fit of rock-rage musical passion.

“I do not condone what we are about to do,” Haimovitz quietly told an audience 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

Montreal Gazette: Uccello jazzes it up for credit and receives a Grammy nod

February 12, 2011

Many artists have been nominated over many years for many Grammy Awards in many categories. It would take more than a little research to determine whether Uccello, an octet comprising cellist Matt Haimovitz and Continue reading

Toronto Star: Canadians beyond Bieber in hunt for a Grammy

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

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

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

Scena Jazz: Changing musics / When Classics meet Jazz

December 3, 2010

Back in the Roaring Twenties, Paul Whiteman wanted to make a decent lady out of jazz by introducing what would go down into history as Symphonic Jazz. Replete with lavish arrangements and a couple of hot soloists to spike the mix, the music came across as something of a shotgun wedding. For better or for worse, a precedent was set and Continue reading