K-12 In-School Performances

Matt Haimovitz

“HEARING A CELLO PLAYED WITH SUCH FERVOR AND COMMITMENT- NOT TO MENTION HIGH ARTISTRY- IS A PRICELESS EXPERIENCE”
Los Angeles Times
“...CALLS FORTH A DAZZLING SPECTRUM OF SOUNDS FROM THE DEPTHS OF HIS INSTRUMENT.”
The New Yorker
“IT WAS SOME OF THE MOST MOVING AND SOULFUL PLAYING HEARD BY THIS LISTENER IN A VERY LONG TIME. ”
The New York Times
“HAIMOVITZ'S INGENUITY, INVENTIVENESS AND THE SHEER RANGE OF SOUNDS HE IS ABLE TO PRODUCE FROM HIS INSTRUMENT IS JAW-DROPPING”
All Music Guide
“...A MUSICIAN WHO POSITIVELY THRIVES ON CHALLENGE...”
The New York Times
“...SENSITIVE AND VIRTUOSIC: THERE IS GREAT POETIC INTIMACY...”
Strad
“MATT HAIMOVITZ GAVE A STUNNING PERFORMANCE”
The Scotsman
“HAIMOVITZ CAN TEASE 1,000 SHADES OF TONE OUT OF A SINGLE STROKE OF HIS BOW AS HE GIVES EACH MOVEMENT ITS OWN TONE - FROM DRIVING AND AGGRESSIVE TO A STILL NEAR-SILENCE.”
Toronto Star

Listen

Bach Cello Suite No. 1 In G, BWV 1007 – Praeludium Bach Cello Suite No. 1 In G, BWV 1007 – Praeludium
Ligeti Sonata for Violoncello Solo Part 2 Ligeti Sonata for Violoncello Solo Part 2
Excerpts from the program - Shuffle.Play.Listen.
Empty Room (Arcade Fire) Empty Room (Arcade Fire)
Pyramid Song (Radiohead) Pyramid Song (Radiohead)
Variations on a Slovak Folksong (Martinu) Variations on a Slovak Folksong (Martinu)

The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast - Touring 15-16-17


Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz now offers a brilliant musical variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast. In advance of releasing the complete set of Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, he’ll offer a unique experience- unparalleled in the classical music world.

Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (1717-1723) are some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history.

Matt Haimovitz begins the feast by performing three of these in separate locations around the community or campus. Each suite is a masterpiece on its own, but, in addition to the suites, preludes by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, and others are performed. Ideal locations for each of these mini-concerts (each runs about 35 mins) are galleries, libraries, chapels, or other locations with excellent acoustics. It is encouraged to use social media to promote these mini- performances and to motivate audience/community members to follow the music and attend each of the programs. No tech other than a chair is required. The visit concludes with a formal recital of the balance of the suites in the concert hall.

The list of composers who have been commissioned to write the Overtures for the Bach Suites are as follows:

Bach Suite I - Philip Glass
Bach Suite II - Du Yun
Bach Suite III - Vijay Iyer
Bach Suite IV - Roberto Sierra
Bach Suite V - Mohammed Fairouz
Bach Suite VI - Luna Pearl Woolf

A possible example schedule:

Day 1.
Prelude & Bach Suite #1- library- noon
Prelude & Bach Suite #3- rotunda of county courthouse, campus Hillel, lobby of the medical center- 3pm
Prelude & Bach Suite #5- local church, campus chapel, campus student center- 5pm

Day 2.
Masterclass with cello students or early music students
Preludes and Bach Suites #2, #4, #6- Concert Hall