The music for Philip Glass’ second concerto for cello and orchestra is cobbled from a 2001 film score, Naqoyqatsi: Life as War. Glass seems to have particular success when using Hopi Indian words as musical inspiration. Remember the famous scores to the films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi? …
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 →
Speaking by phone from Montreal, Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz revealed that he’s a great admirer of the American singer Nina Simone. Looking at his life and career, one can easily see why. Like Simone, Haimovitz is admired for his solid classical grounding, eclecticism, improvisatory brilliance and the fact that he defies easy classification. Continue reading →
“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 →
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.
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 →
Jazz cello isn’t a huge field, but even if it were, the eight cellists of Uccello would undoubtedly stand out. Uccello grew out of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and delivers a sound so vibrant you might Continue reading →
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 →
“Meeting of the Spirits,” with Matt Haimovitz and Uccello (Oxingale, $16.28): Jazz standards arranged for cello ensemble. Haimovitz, a cellist and musical adventurer — he plays Bach in beer halls — leads the eight-member Uccello in Continue reading →