Chicago Tribune: Matt Haimovitz turns classical cello into a switched-on lounge act

October 29, 2009

How about a little Elliott Carter as you sip your drink and nibble pretzels in a dimly-lit lounge?
Don’t scoff. That’s the kind of ear-liberating musical experience you’d expect Matt Haimovitz to deliver.

The Israeli-born cellist is leading the way for classical musicians who seek to bridge the seemingly unbridgeable worlds of contemporary art music and Continue reading

Figment

Figment

Figment

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A sequel to his 50-State solo cello tour and recording, Anthem, released in 2003, Figment is a return to Haimovitz’s signature solo set, embracing the musical communities of his two home countries, the US and Canada. Inspired by Continue reading

VinylCello

VinylCello

VinylCello

Click to listen and buy from: VinylCello is an album of new cello concertos written for Matt Haimovitz and unexpected ensembles–big band, choir, DJ and live electronics–along with Haimovitz’s new arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s Machine Gun for solo cello and all-cello band. On VinylCello, Haimovitz brings together the first three commissions from his ‘Buck the Concerto’ series,by composers Tod Machover, Luna Pearl Woolf, and David Sanford, with his own arrangement of Hendrix’s Machine Gun. In the hands of Haimovitz and Uccello, his all-cello band from McGill University, this war song, with its epic electric guitar solo, becomes a concerto for solo cello and an orchestra of seven cellos. Continue reading

Live from the Knitting Factory

Live at the Knitting Factory

David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective: Live from the Knitting Factory

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David Sanford and the Pittsburgh Collective: Live at the Knitting Factory, featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz.
In Oxingale’s tenth release, composer David Sanford leads the Pittsburgh Collective big band – five saxophones, five trumpets, five trombones, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and Continue reading

Goulash!

Goulash!

Goulash!

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Celebrating Bartk’s fascination with the folk music of Transylvania, Hungary, Romania and Turkey, cellist Matt Haimovitz delves into his own Romanian/Middle Eastern ancestry to create a sonic tapestry that bridges genres, geographic distances and Continue reading

Anthem

Anthem

Anthem

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On September 9, 2003, Oxingale Records launched ANTHEM, cellist Matt Haimovitz’s highly charged collection of solo works by living American composers featuring his live rendition of “Anthem,” inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner,” recorded live Continue reading

Lemons Descending

Lemons Descending

Lemons Descending

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In Lemons Descending, the common thread of voice and cello conjures a contemporary musical world rooted in the traditions of a millennium. Soprano Eileen Clark and cellist Matt Haimovitz perform the recital ranging from Hildegard Von Bingen to John Tavener’s “Ahkmatova Songs”, from a first recording of Luna Pearl Woolf’s “Epithalamion” to Heitor Villa-Lobos’ beloved “Bachianas Brasileirsas No. 5″ Continue reading