November 11, 2015 After celebrating Matt Haimovitz’s recent recording of Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites (see October 13th posting) I was reminded that I had planned to cover his earlier unaccompanied […]
September 2, 2015 “Orbit”: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014) Matt Haimovitz, cello (Pentatone) In this fascinating three-disc survey of music for solo cello written since the end of World War […]
Twelve years ago, the cellist Matt Haimovitz played “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Jimi Hendrix’s version – live at CBGB. The story is told in Reinventing Bach. Haimovitz studied with Yo-Yo Ma, enrolled at Harvard, and then dropped out of college and the classical-music recital circuit at once. The gig at CBGB – in October 2002 – was just one gig in a tour of nightclubs, cafes and restaurants in support of a self-financed CD. He played three of Bach’s cello suites, a recent piece by a living composer, and a four-string acoustic reduction of the Hendrix anthem from Woodstock — rendering feedback, string bends, dive-bomb runs, and discordura, and interpolating a few bars of “Taps.” TheWall Street Journal’s critic griped that he couldn’t hear the cello over the clinking bottles.
April 10, 2013 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 […]
November 15, 2012 Listen here: From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz by Npr Classical on Mixcloud These days it’s not unusual to find classical musicians performing in unlikely […]
October 26, 2012 Flea, the famed (and sometimes pants-less) bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will share the stage at Art Center College of Design with some interesting company: […]
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 […]