Two of today's most compelling musicians join forces in our Fraser Performance Studio with highlights from their recent recording.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley were each recognized early on as standard-bearers for their generation. They've also each charted unexpected, genre-busting, and ultimately, highly rewarding career trajectories. One common thread between those two trajectories is an engagement with classical music that crosses boundaries of generation, genre, and convention.
O'Riley, as the host of NPR's From The Top, connects with younger generations of performers and listeners through radio, television, and the web. He also found rich material to bring to the concert hall in the music of Radiohead, the English alt-rock band.
Haimovitz, a cellist who also sees no distinction between conventional categorizations of music, has transcribed rock legend Jimi Hendrix's music for his instrument and brought Bach's Solo Cello Suites to innumerable new listeners by performing them in clubs across the country.
O'Riley and Haimovitz have now teamed up for Shuffle.Play.Listen, a recording and concert project that brings together the best elements of these performers' omniverous approach to music.
Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley joined us for Drive Time Live in our Fraser Performance Studio, with music by Bernard Herrmann, Leos Janacek, Igor Stravinsky, Astor Piazzolla, Radiohead, and more.
To hear the program, click on "Listen" above.
And here is a video from Shuffle.Play.Listen:
(photo of Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley by Sarah Scott)
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