Matt Haimovitz and I recorded the entirety of Ludwig van Beethoven’s cello/piano works, and are presently touring the record. Finding proper keyboard instruments along the way can sometimes prove difficult, but we had a few to choose from in the civilized climes of Seattle, WA, where we were performing at the Tractor Tavern for a packed house.
Second Inversion, a radio production group out of Seattle, came to our rehearsal on the concert day, and filmed not only a bit of Beethoven, the variations on ‘Ein Madchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, but a rather adventurous arrangement I’d made of Joni Mitchell’s The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey, from her Mingus album. Figuring it was too much to ask of Matt for him to wear the hats of lead singer, accompaniment AND ambient wolf sounds (cries of the wolves adct as chorus in Joni’s original), I asked Matt to approximate the wolf sounds on his cello. I collected them, and created a multi-track tapestry of echoing, retuned, temporally altered wolf cries which I triggered for the track from my onstage iPod.
Second Inversion recently received a great from New Music USA, which helped fund the video production of these tracks, and so in celebration of that, I re-share the videos here.