Vail Series

color photo of Matt Haimovitz playing the cello on the roof of an urban building
Brent Calis / Oxingale Records

You could say Matt Haimovitz does things differently.

He abandoned the typical career of a classical cellist early on. Since then, Haimovitz, now on the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, has championed new music and sought out unusual venues in which to perform it.

Turtle Island Quartet
Bill Reitzel


It isn’t everyday that a string quartet whips out its own fresh take on Miles Davis or shows up at a gig primed for some picking and strumming. But the Turtle Island Quartet isn’t exactly an “everyday” kind of band.