Saturday, January 11, 2014

“The Path”

A rainy Saturday in Portland—January, as we experience it in the Pacific Northwest, is very much upon us. What better music for this than some cello music by Zoë Keating?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zoë Keating’s work, she describes her music as being a marriage of “classical music & information architecture.” Coming from the diverse backgrounds of both a classically trained cellist & a technology wiz, Keating has broken ground with her compositions & innovative use of looping technology to create a sound that is fresh, unique, intriguing—& also familiar, in the sense of the music you might hear in a dream being familiar—you can’t place it, but you understand such music existing; it sounds “right.”

“The Path” originally was recorded for Zoë Keating’s 2010 release Into the Trees, which I reviewed previously on the blog; I also had the chance to hear Keating perform live at the Aladdin here in 2012, a show that I also reviewed on Robert Frost’s Banjo. If you get the chance to see Zoë Keating perform, I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity! You can also find her recordings on her website at the link provided above.


Image of Zoë Keating at eTech in 2009 is from Wiki Commons; its author is Ed Schipul, who makes it available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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