North Adams Transcript: Contemporary classical concert has Russian tang at Tannery Pond

May 23, 2013

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — If an audience prefers a strictly classical program to their standard mix of classical and pop, it’s fine with cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley. Continue reading

Superconductor: Cataclysmic Concerts: The Best of 2012, Uccello at Bargemusic

December 31, 2012
Uccello at Bargemusic

“Next, the Mahavishnu tune “Open Country Joy,” from that group’s Birds of Fire album.  Andrea Stewart slapped and drummed on a battered cello to recreate Billy Cobham’s percussive groove. Mr. Haimovitz took the role of Continue reading

CBC In Concert at Redpath Hall, McGill University, Montreal, January 23, 2012 – Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley – Shuffle.Play.Listen

January 23, 2012

Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley team up for Shuffle.Play.Listen in concert from McGill University, Montreal.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has long been at the forefront of bridging the divide between the camps of classical and popular music, Continue reading

Examiner: New On Disc

April 2, 2012

Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz/Shuffle, Play, Listen (Oxingale Records) – At this point, there’s no denying that pianist/arranger Christopher O’Riley is the preeminent interpreter of contemporary rock music, Continue reading




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Shuffle.Play.Listen unites ground-breaking, Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz with pianist Christopher O Riley, host of NPR and PBS’s popular weekly radio and television series, From the Top, in a collaboration that blurs the boundaries between classical and pop music. 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

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