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Using a 17th Century Instrument to Create the Music of the 21st Century

Location: Imperial Ballroom Level: Novice
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Zoë Keating is a cellist. She plays solo, with rock bands, and writes music for film and ballet. Her musical process involves live looping and layering. Keating will demonstrate how to use a 17th century instrument and a laptop to make electronic music, and discuss the metaphysics of looping sound.

Watch this video of Zoë performing her composition, “Tetrishead”

Watch this video of Zoë performing her composition, “Sun Will Set”

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Zoë Keating

Armed with her cello and a computer, Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She records layer upon layer of cello, her feet dancing over an array of pedals to transform her solo performances into multipart works. Classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë spent her post-graduate years working in computer software and moonlighting as a cellist. Inevitably, she combined the two, and developed her signature style while improvising for late night crowds in San Francisco warehouse spaces.

Zoë’s self-produced album, “One Cello x 16: Natoma”, was #1 on the iTunes Classical charts and #2 in iTunes Electronica. She has performed on NPR, written music for film and played with Imogen Heap, Mark Isham, DJ Shadow, The Dresden Dolls, Paolo Nutini and Rasputina.

She is the recipient of a 2009 Creative Capital performing arts grant.

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Chris Dunphy
03/14/2009 5:59pm PDT


Amazing performance.

The combination of Zoe’s music and the LaserVision visuals blew me away.

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