Superconductor: Concert Review: Smoke on the Water, Matt Haimovitz’ Uccello play jazz at Bargemusic

June 12, 2012

On Sunday afternoon, the Uccello ensemble visited Bargemusic, the floating chamber music venue on a coffee barge tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge. Led by Matt Haimovitz, the the Grammy-nominated unit of “eight cello warriors” brought some unusual repertory: Continue reading

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

The Magazine of Yoga: Practices: Matt Haimovitz

May 13, 2011

photo: Martin Laporte

Cellist Matt Haimovitz made his debut at the age of 13 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At age 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (on Deutsche Grammophon). He made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, Leonard Rose in 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

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

NOLA.com Kronos Quartet, Matt Haimovitz concerts showcase new sound of classical

March 12, 2011

Winds of change are blowing through the world of classical music — and the unsettled weather will make for some wild times at two New Orleans concerts this coming week.

On Sunday, one of the world’s most acclaimed classical cellists will lead his string octet, Uccello, at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — a tour stop on the way to South by Southwest, Continue reading