On Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Matt will perform local composer Austin Huang's cello concerto. Purchase tickets: from Benaroya Hall ticket booth or go online www.seattlesymphony.org.
May 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St., Blaine For only $7, with recorded orchestra and additional cello soli and rock tunes, hear Matt at Back Stage at the Border.
May 24 and 25, 2013: Baroque Concerti on Electric Guitar; CD Release and Concerts
This project stemmed from an idea I had in high school of exploring how Baroque music might sound if it also included some of today's instruments, especially electric guitar. Now, after twenty years of studying, practicing, and recording all six of Bach's cello suites, I decided to have a go at it. I chose to record Bach's Oboe Concerto in D Minor BWV 1059, Vivaldi's Lute Concerto in D Major V93 and selections from Handel's concerti Grossi Opus 3 & Opus 6 using highly ornamented electric guitar for all the solo parts. In the Baroque period, the bass part, called "continuo," was equal in importance to the melody, and could have included a harpsichord, organ or lute along with a cello or viola da gamba. For this recording, I used classical guitar and cello, along with electric bass for the continuo parts. The viola and classical guitar were built by my knowledgeable friend and neighbor in Bellingham, Dake Traphagen, and I used a 200 year-old German violin and a nearly 300 year-old Italian cello, all with modern set ups and tuned at modern pitch.
Since I can't play multiple instruments at once, I have hired the most talented professional musicians I know, many of them soloists and recording artists in their own right. For these CD release concerts, I'll perform the concerti by Bach and Vivaldi on electric guitar and let some of these great artists take the solos of Handel while I sit back on the cello. The first concert will take place at 7:30 on May 24th at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center (a fun quaint venue converted and renovated from an old firehouse with a cafe and coffee shop) in historic Fairhaven (1314 Harris Ave.). The Conway Muse, a hip venue converted from a barn with a bar and grill downstairs, is where the second show will take place on May 25th at 7:30 and is located right off the I-5 south of Mount Vernon in historic Conway. Here, one can eat before the show and even order a drink or a bottle of wine to take into the concert. Admission will be $20 a seat at the door and CDs will be available for $10 and also online at CD Baby, iTunes or Amazon. Both venues have great websites.
Ideas are being tossed around for exciting future performances. Please check back soon to see what formulates. Thank you for visiting mattrehfeldt.com