Boston Globe 2007/11/08

 

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
November 10
By Scott Alarik
November 8, 2007
Traditional music has always been a connective tissue among cultures, communities, and
generations. Witness the duo of Scottish fiddle star Fraser and cello prodigy Haas. He is
from Clackmannan, a small town in Scotland's smallest county; she is a Juilliard grad
from California. When they met, he was the teacher, and she was the student. And yet on
a new CD, "In the Moment," you would think they'd been playing together for centuries.
His fiddle dances while her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then she opens the
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