Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at the
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center on Saturday, April 11
Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and dynamic cello player Natalie Haas will perform at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.
The concert marks a return visit for the duo after an absence of six years. Area audiences saw Fraser more recently as one of the featured performers at the Scotland Music Showcase during the 2014 Milwaukee Irish Fest.
The musical collaboration of Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador and the sizzlingly talented young American instrumentalist is credited with helping return the cello to its rhythmic heart in Scottish dance music. From the 18th century into the early 20th century, the combination of "big and wee fiddles," as Fraser calls them, made up the ideal dance band.
Referred to as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddle" by the San Francisco Examiner, Fraser's fiddling has thrilled audiences around the world for more than 30 years. In addition to a long list of awards and accolades, he has been featured on move soundtracks including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic.
A graduate of the Julliard School of Music, Natalie was 11 when she first attended Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California. In her percussive bowling and musical spontaneity, he found the perfect partner for a musical conversation and they performed their first show four years later.
"She creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section" according to Fraser. "It's inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles!"
Abundance, the latest of four duo albums, is a tribute to those they meet on their musical adventures.
Concert tickets are $21 in advance, $25 on concert day, and $10 for students with ID. Go to www.ichc.net to order tickets online. Tickets may also be ordered by calling (414) 345-8800.
"While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly...Their sound is an urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." - Boston Globe