Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA)

March 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
$30 pre-sale and on the door.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA)

Saturday March 28 @ 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Ticket price: $30 pre-sale and on the door.

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A very special night of traditional and contemporary Scottish fiddle music, featuring Scotland’s master fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and brilliant US cellist, Natalie Haas. Don’t miss their only Sydney show!

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the stunningly talented young Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, may not seem an obvious one.
Fraser, internationally recognised as the master of Scottish fiddle, has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland’s music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Centre Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.

25-year-old Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfilment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.Four years after attending a fiddle school run by Fraser in the USA, Haas (at age 15) and Fraser played their first gig together. Now regularly touring with Fraser as a duo and creating a buzz at festivals and venues throughout the world, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists re-defining the role of the cello in traditional music. “Cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section,” says Fraser. “It’s inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles!”

The duo’s four recordings, Abundance (2014), Highlander’s Farewell, In the Moment and debut CD, Fire and Grace, display the duo’s dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes. In addition to his work with Natalie, Alasdair has recorded countless solo and band projects over his long and illustrious career.

… you would think they’d been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks
puckishly. Then Haas opens her cello’s throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter.”
— Boston Globe

Website: http://www.alasdairfraser.com/