Anchoring a fall season of genre-bending performances, electrifying collaborations and a groundbreaking artistic vision realized in his home city of Montreal, FIGMENT, the latest evolution of Matt Haimovitz’s signature solo set will be released by Oxingale Records on September 29. The sequel to his trail-blazing 50-State solo cello tour and recording, ANTHEM, released in 2003, FIGMENT salutes contemporary music icon and centenarian Elliott Carter with his two Figments for solo cello, also bringing together a wide range of important new music for cello and electronics by leading and emerging North American composers.
FIGMENT features several premiere recordings including Serge Provost’s cutting-edge Les Vertiges de S. for electronically-processed solo cello, Luna Pearl Woolf’s Sarabande for solo cello, up and coming composer Du Yun’s San, a deconstruction of haunting ancient Chinese fragments, and a prelude to Carter’s first Figment for solo cello by beats and sample artist Socalled. Also encorporating the Middle Eastern microtones of Gilles Tremblay’s Cèdres en Voile: Thrène pour le Liban, Ana Sokolovic’s Balkan folk-influenced Vez, and music by Steven Stucky, FIGMENT embraces the diversity of our collective experience and celebrates the innovation of North American composers who seek a renewed lyricism, epitomizing a new era of hope and creativity in the face of challenging times.
FIGMENT will tour more than a dozen cities this fall including New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s Galapagos Arts Space, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (Fresh Ink Series), Montreal’s new eXcentris, Toronto’s Music Gallery, Minneapolis’ Dakota Club, Chicago’s Schubas, Washington DC area’s Iota Club and many more. (See below for a complete list of dates and venues.) The tour will feature a real time interactive video component designed by Professor Sha Xin Wei of Concodia University’s Topological Media Lab in Montreal. For selected performances Haimovitz is joined by songstress Du Yun on vocals, laptop and keyboard, improvising segues between composed works to create a seamless musical arc and to perform their original song, Miranda.