The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. However, the duo's dazzling teamwork, their driving, dancing rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and groove of Scottish tunes has wowed audiences at venues and festivals across the world. Touring as a duo for 12 years, they have led the revival of the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello, releasing three critically acclaimed albums along the way.
Alasdair Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks including Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. He 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.
Natalie Haas is in the vanguard of young cellists who are re-defining the role of the instrument within 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!
'Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.' - The Scotsman