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June 8, 2005

Taking music outside the box

For me, cellist Matt Haimovitz is about thinking outside the box. One of the most beloved pillars of the cello repertoire is the set of six solo Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach. The music is so mesmerizing that audiences become absolutely silent so that you could hear a pin drop. Matt Haimovitz plays Bach's Cello Suites masterfully, but with one kaleidoscope turn to the right.

In addition to playing this music in concert halls, not too long ago Matt was on the Listening Room Tour. On this tour he plays Bach all over—small halls, cafés, and clubs, incluing NYC's famous CBGB club and Minneapolis's own Dakota and 400 Bar. And the audience has eaten it up. They love it and shower him with huge applause. Matt told me after the session that he is bridging the gaps between his blue hair audience: that is, the 18-year-olds with blue hair and those who are 80 with blue hair, all of whom love his music.

We were talking after the session about whether or not musical purists have criticized him for his work, either classical music fans that think classical music should only be played in concert halls or pop/rock music fans that think only that type of music should be played in a club. Matt said it didn't matter. It's not about categorizing music. Classical or not, it's just music. And Matt's is awfully good.

Posted by Suzanne Schaffer at June 8, 2005 1:46 PM