One-woman orchestra, Zoë Keating (USA)
Zoë Keating performs by using a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Throughout the US and Europe, Zoë is known for both her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY ethic which has resulted in the sale of over 45,000 copies of her self-released albums and a devoted social media following with over 1.3 million Twitter followers.
Zoë’s grassroots, label-less approach has garnered her much public attention and press. She speaks regularly on artist-empowerment, sustainable careers and the concept of artist-as-entrepreneur (most recently as special guest “Artist Ambassador” at France’s MIDEM conference) and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Zoë spent much of 2011 touring across North America, young baby in tow, to support her latest album, Into the Trees, which spent 49 weeks on the Billboard classical charts, peaking at #7. Her first self-produced album One Cello x 16: Natoma spent time on iTunes as both No.1 on the classical chart and No.2 on the electronica chart.
Classically trained from the age of eight, the Canadian born artist continued to play cello ever since. Her early 20’s saw a period she dubs her ‘detour’, during this time Zoë worked as an engineer at a tech startup and simultaneously moonlighted as a cellist in rock bands. She eventually combined the cello and the computer, developing her signature style of live-layered music by improvising for late night crowds at her San Francisco warehouse.
Over the years, Zoë has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini. She is a regular collaborator with WNYC’s Radiolab and is also known for her work in film and dance. Commissions include music for the San Francisco MOMA and soundtracks for the films Ghost Bird, The Devil’s Chair and Frozen Angels.
As an avid appreciator of independent artistry and the innovative and fresh perspective, Zoë makes an effort to reach audiences wherever they are, performing on radio, television and webcasts, outdoors in the desert, in churches and concert halls, at universities, museums, technology conferences, executive brainstorming sessions, airports, house concerts, bars and rock clubs around the world. Her show’s are inspiring, uplifting and truly out of this world and something not to be missed.
Australia will be the first territory where Zoe’s albums will see planned physical distribution. Both of her albums have previously been self distributed globally. On May 18th, Instrumental Recordings/MGM will oversee the release of both albums simultaneously.
“…a distinctive mix of old and new — layers of sound, that feel more like orchestrations than a solo instrument. ” – National Public Radio
Swoon-inducing. Like taking a tripleshot of Absinthe before stepping outside of the bar just in time to see the sun exploding.
– San Francisco Weekly
…uses live looping to transform solo performances into multipart masterpieces.
– Electronic Musician
Into The Trees & One Cello X16: Natoma
instores May 18th via Instrumental Recordings/MGM.
Artist website: www.zoekeating.com
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