Christopher O'Riley, piano and
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Their only Baltimore-Washington D.C. appearance --
NOT TO BE MISSED!
Tickets: $25 includes CD/$10 students without CD
Host of the NPR music program From the Top, celebrated pianist Christopher O’Riley is one of the leading American pianists of his generation and has released highly regarded recordings of the music of Radiohead and Nick Drake. Distinguished cellist Matt Haimovitz made his debut at the age of 13 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. He has redefined what it means to be a classical musician today, bringing concerts of Bach, Golijov, and others to clubs and coffee houses across the country while maintaining a busy schedule of international appearances. Both artists join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of classical and pop music genres. The program showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Audiences will hear works by Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Piazzolla, Chopin and Stravinsky.
The first half of Shuffle.Play.Listen. will be pre-arranged. The second half will be programmed from the stage giving the artists the opportunity to share the context of the program and allowing the music to flow seamlessly from one genre to the next.
Shuffle.Play.Listen unites ground-breaking, Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz with pianist Christopher O’Riley, host of NPR and PBS’s popular weekly radio and television series, “From the Top,” in a collaboration that blurs the boundaries between classical and pop music. Two performers, each a superstar in his own right, come together to plumb the virtuosic and lyrical possibilities of their instruments in an expansive 2-CD set from Oxingale Records.
Disc 1 features Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical “Suite Itallienne,” Leos Janacek’s “Fairy Tale,” Bohuslav Martinú’s “Variations on a Slovak Folksong” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Grand Tango,” all interwoven with an arresting new arrangement of Bernard Herrmann’s “Vertigo” film score, celebrating the composer’s 100 birthday this year.
Disc 2 kicks off with “Empty Room” from the 2011 Grammy winning Album of the Year by Arcade Fire, and follows up with tracks by Blond Redhead, the Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, and more Arcade Fire, as well as supergroup A Perfect Circle’s hit song “3 Libras” and a jaw dropping rendition of John McLaughlin’s Dance of Maya. All the arrangements for cello and piano were made with O’Riley’s signature passion and finesse, and realized with Haimovitz’s uncompromising artistic depth. The pair display their considerable improvisational skills in several tunes, including their 9-minute un-cut interpretation of McLaughlin’s “Lotus on an Irish Spring.”
Inside the package, New York Times best-selling author Dan Levitin (This is your Brain on Music), interviews Haimovitz and O’Riley on the making of Shuffle.Play.Listen.
One of the most anticipated collaborations of the 2011-2012 season, Haimovitz and O’Riley will tour extensively in major concert series and university residencies throughout throughout the US. In addition, each continues to tour exhaustively as a solo artist in recital and as concerto soloist.
Shuffle.Play.Listen embraces a new kind of listening public who mix Wagner with Lady Gaga on their iPods, exploring new sounds and moving comfortably between genres. While Classical lovers will be drawn to CD1, more adventurous listeners will thrill to CD2, and both will want to shuffle, play and listen!