Unshackled Cello

Went to a wonderful – well, mostly wonderful – concert featuring Master Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Juilliard cellist Natalie Haas. They were a perfect duo so clearly tuned in to each other. Great energy! And Natalie has got the Darol Anger “chops” thing down to a science. Who needs a percussionist? I’m still trying to figure out how to do it on cello but no luck yet. I say it was “mostly” a wonderful concert but there was way more Scottish dancing by some local groups than a person should have to sit through. I mean, it was all very nice but it seems that there are only 4 or 5 shapes a body can make in traditional Scottish dancing – kind of a limited repertoire. It all starts to look the same after a while. The only good thing I can say about it is that they spend at least 50 percent of the time up in the air which I find pretty amazing. The Cape Breton dancers, on the other hand, seem to improvise like jazz tappers or at least they’ve got a larger repertoire to pick from. Anyway – I highly recommend hearing Natalie and Alasdair. Here’s their duo CD: Fire and Grace CD