A journey from Silva to Sam Bond's.
Byline: Lewis Taylor The Register-Guard
A lot of musicians spend their whole lives trying to get out of the kinds of dumps that Matt Haimovitz The of this article or section may be compromised by "peacock terms".
You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. has been itching to play in lately (our own Sam Bond's Garage excluded, of course).
So why would a classical cellist forego the concert hall circuit for a tour of smoky bars, skanky rock clubs and overpacked dives with names such as the Junkyard? Twice?
"To put chamber music in smaller spaces, there's nothing like it," Haimovitz said, speaking by phone from Connecticut. "The informality of it, and so on.
`I think there are many artists that, like me, would probably relish going from the concert hall and the next night going into one of these listening rooms or clubs. I hope that it opens up a new world for classical music."
Almost a year after his Bach Listening Room Tour took Haimovitz to all kinds of unseemly places - including New York's famed rock club CBGB CBGB Country, Blue Grass & Blues (NYC bar whose name came from music originally booked there) - the Boston cellist is undertaking an even bigger tour. He's named his current one-year, 50-state jaunt after his new album, `Anthem.'
The CD takes its title from the opening track, a reinterpretation re·in·ter·pret
tr.v. re·in·ter·pret·ed, re·in·ter·pret·ing, re·in·ter·prets
To interpret again or anew.
re of Jimi Hendrix's wailing version of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." To underscore the point that this is not your father's cello music, Haimovitz will open his tour in Seattle, Hendrix's birthplace.
A prodigy grows up
Haimovitz, who performed with the Eugene Symphony The Eugene Symphony is an American orchestra based in Eugene, Oregon. Its home venue is the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Approximately 22,000 people attend Eugene Symphony's classical and pops concert performances each year. as a 17-year-old in 1987, has fond memories of Eugene, particularly his performance at Sam Bond's last October. He recalled one classical music aficionado A Spanish word that means fan, devotee, enthusiast, etc. There are loyal aficionados of every subject in the computer field. who couldn't find a seat in the packed club.
"He just came up on stage and kind of laid down on stage with a score of the Bach cello suites and started following the music as I was playing it," Haimovitz said. "To me, that image, it's one of the most memorable images of the whole Bach tour."
On Haimovitz's last tour, he focused on three of J.S. Bach's Six Suites for Cello Solo. This time, he'll thread the other three cello suites into a selection of works from his new album, which focuses on American composers.
The collection includes two pieces commissioned in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It also includes commissions from Haimovitz's wife, Luna Pearl Woolf, and from Robert Stern, along with works by Lou Harrison Lou Silver Harrison (May 14, 1917 – February 2, 2003) was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat (Pak Cokro). , Osvaldo Golijov Osvaldo Golijov (born in La Plata, Argentina, December 5, 1960)  is a Grammy award winning composer of classical music. Biography
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Augusta Read Thomas was born in Glen Cove, New York. She attended St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and then studied composition with Jacob Druckman at Yale University and at the Royal Academy of Music with .
The CD has pieces by contemporary renegades such as Steve Mackey Steve Mackey (born Steven Patrick Mackey, 10 November 1966, in Sheffield, England) is a British musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the band Pulp.
A graduate of London's Royal College of Art, Mackey joined Pulp in 1988. and Tod Machover Tod Machover (born 1953), the son of a pianist and a computer scientist, is a composer and an innovator in the application of technology in music.
He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1971 and received an MA from the Juilliard School in New York where , as well.
"The American composers that I'm presenting have a little bit more of a harder edge. (There's) more of a rock feel," Haimovitz said.
"Most of this is completely new - the recording of `Anthem' - most of it is first recording, so I really look forward to bringing it to all parts of the country."
Haimovitz has been performing since he was 14. After earning his bachelor's degree from Harvard, he studied with Leonard Rose Leonard Rose (July 27, 1918 – November 16, 1984) is considered one of the greatest American cellists of the 20th century.
Born in Washington, D.C., Rose took lessons from Walter Grossman, Frank Miller and Felix Salmond and after completing his studies at Philadelphia's at the Juilliard School Juilliard School
Internationally renowned school of the performing arts in New York, New York, U.S. It has its roots in the Institute of Musical Art (founded 1905) and a graduate school (1924) founded through an endowment from the financier Augustus D. . He has played with the likes of Issac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma.
Before he started his own Oxingale Records label, Haimovitz was under a 10-year contract with Deutsche Grammophon. He released six albums, including his 1989 debut recording of Camille Saint-Saens, Max Bruch and Edouard Lalo with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chicago Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1891 by Theodore Thomas, who conducted it until his death in 1905. Orchestra Hall was built for it in 1904 with funds raised by public subscription; the hall is now part of Symphony Center, which was completed in 1997. .
The CD was applauded by Gramophone magazine as heralding "the arrival of a new star in the cello firmament."
Mixing it up
Despite Haimovitz's success in the classical world, he continued to dabble dab·ble
v. dab·bled, dab·bling, dab·bles
To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold" in other musical realms, playing improvisational jazz and introducing contemporary composers into his programs.
In 2000, while revisiting Bach's cellos suites for a German festival marking the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, Haimovitz said everything changed.
While trying to put himself in the pre-concert hall period in which the pieces were written (the 1700s), he discovered that the works benefitted from being played in smaller spaces.
On his last tour, Haimovitz had to work hard to introduce himself to booking agents and persuade them that cello music really could translate into a rock music environment. The show was easier to sell this time, and Haimovitz knew what to expect from each performance space.
`There's always some quirky thing about every venue - a refrigerator humming or a blower or whatever. But there were only two instances on the entire tour where I could say, `You know, this music is not for that kind of space,' ' Haimovitz said.
"Little clinks (Connectors are the weakest LINKS) The first devices to be checked when the network fails are the plugs and sockets. All networks should be constructed with CLINKS as the golden rule. Coined by American Business Telephones, Inc. and people eating and drinking during the performance and that type of thing, I guess, I've gotten used to. And actually, it's a huge part of what I'm doing, bringing this music down to earth in a way."
Haimovitz hasn't forsaken for·sake
tr.v. for·sook , for·sak·en , for·sak·ing, for·sakes
1. To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce: forsook liquor.
2. the concert hall entirely.
This summer, he performed at large festivals and venues, including a 12th century basilica in Germany's Rhine region, where he mixed Bach and Hendrix. In October, he's scheduled to play a Samuel Barber cello concerto in Romania.
It goes without saying that the regimented world of class- ical music prepared Haimovitz for playing in rock clubs. Perhaps more surprising is the fact that, he said, playing in smaller venues has improved his performances in concert halls.
`I think it's definitely opened me up as a performer. When I started the tour I had never really spoken in public before, I had never addressed the audience; I went from not speaking at all to speaking quite a lot. ...
`It's wonderful when I go back to the concert hall. I know have a different chemistry with the audience, even in a larger space, because of the experiences I've had."
Lewis Taylor can be reached at 338-2512 or ltaylor@guardnet .com.
What: Classical cello
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd.
How much: $15
GuardLine: To hear music by Matt Haimovitz, call the GuardLine at 485-2000 from a touch-tone phone and request category 9942
Matt Haimovitz trained at the Juilliard School. He'll perform on solo cello Wednesday at Sam Bond's Garage.