Cellist Matt Haimovitz's month can only be described as a case of "March Madness." He plays solo Bach for Canada's CBC, continues his hit Shuffle.Play.Listen tour with pianist Christopher O'Riley, and gives theworld premiere of Philip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2 "Naqoyqatsi" with the Cincinnati Symphony and Dennis Russell Davies (March 30--31).Released last fall by Oxingale Records, the double-album Shuffle.Play.Listen juxtaposes 20th-century classics by Stravinsky, Janácek, Martinu, Piazzolla, and Bernard Herrmann with bold arrangements of art-rock songs by the likes of Radiohead and Arcade Fire and jazz-rock by John McLaughlin. After Haimovitz and O'Riley played at hallowed jazz den Yoshi's for the San Francisco leg of their cross-country club tour, the Chronicle described their performance as "soulful and diverse," crediting it with successfully bridging the divides between classical, jazz, and rock music through "the brilliance and virtuosic tenderness of their playing."
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