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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000CAKQ0M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Zoe Keating, One Cello X 16: Natoma

About the Artist

Cellist and composer Zoë Keating uses live electronic sampling and repetition to layer the sound of her cello, creating multi-layered compositions which explore the boundary between the familiar and the strange, the ugly and beautiful, the dark and the transcendent. Her music has been featured on NPR's Day to Day, on Public Radio International's Echoes and on the soundtrack to the award-winning documentary "Frozen Angels".

"...combines cello and a looping laptop in a hypnotic cocktail. ""- San Francisco Chronicle

"Alluring" - Toronto Eye

"the musical lovechild of Kate Bush and Steve Reich" - 7x7 Magazine Zoë's self-released debut album "One Cello x 16: Natoma" was the number 2 album in iTunes Classical and number 3 in Electronica in May and June of 2006. She composed the music for "Frozen Angels", which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was best documentary winner at the 2005 Nyon Festival and the 2005 Toronto HotDocs. In 2005 she received an emerging artist award from the San Francisco ArtSFest and an artistic development grant from the Belle Foundation Zoë has recorded and performed with Tarentel, Rasputina, Imogen Heap, DJ Shadow, Charles Atlas, John Vanderslice, The Court and Spark, Michael Talbott and the Wolf Kings, Laughingstock, Moe!kestra, Jhno and Dionysos.

From 2002 to 2006, Zoë was a member of the cello-rock ensemble Rasputina, founded by Nirvana cellist Melora Creager. With Rasputina, she toured the US and Canada countless times, opened for acts like Belle & Sebastian and The Legendary Pink Dots, and recorded two albums (Frustration Plantation, Instinct Records, April 2004; A Radical Recital, May 2005).

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I will be buying her second album for sure.
M. Iles
Her technique gives her music an interesting, multi-layered texture that is both unique and beautiful.
Walt
This is one of the best CD's I've ever purchased.
Amy Rosenleaf

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jen on January 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Like the first reviewer, I bought the CD after seeing her play live (opening for the California Guitar Trio). (I've bought it again since to give as a gift.) I think if I hadn't seen her "do" her stuff live I would have believed it to be studio trickery. She begins with a few short passages that she records to individual tracks on a sampler on the floor which she controls with her foot. Rhythms, bass lines, basic structures. She starts them looping, and she then plays melodies and harmonies that soar and dance over the recorded layers. The repeated looping passages brought to mind Frippertronics and even Philip Glass, but the cello has a warmth that makes the sound more intimate, more human-scale somehow. She played some pieces in the show that are not on this disc, so I hope there are more recordings to come. If she ever comes to play at a town near you, go see her!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By livingex on July 18, 2006
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A few months ago, a friend of mine suggested we go see Imojean Heap play at a local club in my hometown of Nashville. Having nothing else better to do that night, I tagged along to see what all the fuss was about, as she really had gotten herself excited to see this artist. Though I can't remember the name of the guitarist who played first, I do not think I will ever forget the moment Zoe Keating stepped onto the stage. I had seen cellists in this kind of setting before, the music they played never really impressed me. So when she sat down in her chair and started fiddling with her samplers, I figured I was in for a rough half hour. Then she started playing "sun will set," whose bright melody and rich harmonies quickly got me interested in the music. She also quickly impressed me with the way she kept everything in sync so well while recording the samples _live_. When she finished the song, I found myself eagerly wanting more.

And then she started playing "fern."

I don't think that I can describe to you all here how sublime a piece of music "fern" is. So much expressiveness comes out through her playing, and the tension developed during the course of the song holds one spellbound. Indeed, my mouth hung wide open throughout the piece: eight straight minutes!! I can't remember much of the concert after she had finished playing "fern." All I remember is listening to it again and again in my head. After the concert had finished, I made straight for the little display where I impulse-bought her album, "Natoma." I simply couldn't leave the club without it. While waiting for the traffic to die down in the car, we put it in the stereo and let ourselves be immersed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Walt on March 14, 2008
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I had no idea Keating did her own loops to create this music. Her technique gives her music an interesting, multi-layered texture that is both unique and beautiful. I am a huge classical music fan (particularly liking the cello) as well as a huge fan of alternative music, and this CD struck a chord in both categories for me. I could rhapsodize about various tracks, but instead I would recommend that you discover Keating's music on your own. I'm sure the experience will be worthwhile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2009
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I stumbled across this CD almost on accident - I'm a big fan of the "cello electronica" by other musicians like Caroline Lavelle's Brilliant Midnight 2.0 and figured that I'd give this a chance. I wasn't sure what to expect - a pretty tall woman who doesn't look like the traditional cello players we're all used to seeing in formalwear.

From the moment Legions (War) starts, you're treated to a rather unusual but delightful journey that almost encompasses the improvisations of jazz and the beats and loops you associate with electronica. The production value is deceptive - the moment you listen to any of Keating's songs, you're thinking that this is processed galore but it's not. It's one woman, with a laptop and that's what makes this standout.

The album takes you on an interesting journey, from Legion's (War) almost Braveheartesque march to battle to haunting songs to absolute joy. And for someone who is a self-professed nerd, Zoe Keating sheds all that and makes a more ambitious and original album than the entire Top 100 on Amazon combined.

If you want to try a new album, this is definitely one to get. I can't say enough good things about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 7, 2011
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If you look at the date of my review you will see that I came to this CD much later than others who reviewed the album here - and there are plenty of other reviews - nearly all ecstatic. I have to say that really enjoyed this album though I'm not a huge fan of the cello - unless it's Yo-Yo Ma expanding his musical horizons. And "expanding the horizons" of the cello is what Zoe Keating is doing here. Using electronic recorded "looping" she layers her performances on one another to create the should of a "cello octet times two".

These are new compositions and fall between "new age" and "experimental", not unlike groups like Ethel, Kronos Quartet and the Turtle Island String Quartet. With one exception all the pieces last about seven minutes so - in a few cases - they can get repetitive. But if you like the groups I mentioned above, you'll most certainly like this album. And - as one reviewer said (after she saw Keating play live), this is a performer you probably will appreciate even more in person.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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