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 →
“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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →