Joplin Globe: Playing as he goes: Cellist picks songs on the fly

October 26, 2012

OPLIN, Mo. — The tones of a cello are the closest to a human voice as any instrument created. Matt Haimovitz is regarded as being able to create a variety of voice-like tones, including the voices of Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Continue reading

Boston Globe: Matt Haimovitz ranges far and wide

May 11, 2012

“There’s something meditative . . . about the solo program and the way it evolves. It’s a kind of personal exhibition,” said Matt Haimovitz, who plays Gardner Museum Thursday

It has been an eventful few months for cellist Matt Haimovitz. He began the year touring with pianist Christopher O’Riley in support of the duo’s recent CD, “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” whose tracklist ranges from Janacek and Stravinsky to arrangements of Blonde Redhead and Cocteau Twins. In March he gave the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Continue reading

Chicago Classical Music: Backstage Blog: Musicians in Action

November 09, 2011

It’s been said that musicians should not meddle in politics. It is significantly less dangerous to engage in pure art.” – Gidon Kremer

When musicians step beyond the role of artist and into the role of activist, they bring attention to themselves in a way that almost certainly alienates some part of their audience. Matt Haimovitz supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. Does that impact your decision to listen or not listen to his music? Continue reading

Symphony Now: Occupy Wall Street, Cello Edition

October 20, 2011

This past Saturday, cellist Matt Haimovitz headed down to Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the Occupy Wall Street protests against social and economic inequality have been underway since September 17. Once arriving there, he found someone to loan him a 10-gallon plastic bucket, pulled out his 300-year-old Venetian cello and beloved Peccatte bow, sat down on the bucket, and starting playing. As you might expect in the social-media era, the performances ended up getting recorded and uploaded to YouTube, showing Haimovitz surrounded by rapt and chatting bystanders as he performed a Bach sarabande and prelude, as well as his own cello version of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar arrangement of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The thought of a classical cellist at a sit-in protest Continue reading