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About the Artist
"...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 ZoÃ«'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 ZoÃ« 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, ZoÃ« 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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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Love, love, love The deep, smooth, flowing melodies this awesome composer invents. Mind blowing. Better than ANY cello music that have tickled my ears.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful! I love the compositions that Zoe comes up with on this album! Truly a great cellist!Published 8 months ago by Frater Peredur
Zoe's husband recently died of cancer, making it difficult for her to tour and perform. If you're listening to a free copy of her music, or if there is something you don't have,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Wirklich Verrukt
Zoe Keating is simply amazing. This is the modern version of classical music, electronically layered Cello. I listen to this while writing for inspiration.Published 15 months ago by Bryson Hadley
I've been a fan of Zoe's music since her Rasputina days, but to compair the two doesn't do her justice. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E.Fun