Zoe Keating | One Cello x 16: Natoma

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One Cello x 16: Natoma

by Zoe Keating

A rich landscape of layered cellos that appeals to a broad range of listeners, from fans of post-rock to acoustic ambient to classical.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Legions (War)
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2. Fern
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3. Tetrishead
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4. Sun Will Set
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5. We Insist
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6. Legions (Reverie)
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7. Frozen Angels
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8. Legions (Aftermath)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Armed with just her cello and a small box of electronics, 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.

Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë studied music at Sarah Lawrence College in New York City and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. After graduation she moved to San Francisco and began working in computer software while moonlighting as a cellist with dance troupes, theater companies and rock bands. Inevitably, she combined the two, and developed her now signature style while improvising for late night crowds in her San Francisco warehouse space.

Zoë's self-produced album "One Cello x 16: Natoma", which rose to #1 on the iTunes Classical and #2 on the iTunes Electronica charts, is the direct result of that experimentation. She has since performed her music live on National Public Radio, on television, outdoors in the Nevada desert, in medieval churches, in punk clubs, and before thousands of screaming teenagers in mainstream rock venues across North America and Europe.

Zoë has worked with a wide range of artists, including Grammy nominated Imogen Heap, Grammy and Academy Award winner Mark Isham, The Dresden Dolls, Rasputina, DJ Shadow, and Paolo Nutini. From 2002 to 2006 she was a member of the cello-rock trio Rasputina. Most recently, Zoë has been composing music for film and ballet. In 2008 she performed her music live with the Ballet de Valencia, she composed music for a documentary called "Ghostbird" about the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, and performed her signature layered cello on Mark Isham's score for "The Secret Life of Bees", starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keyes. She is featured on Amanda Palmer's solo release "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" and supported Ms. Palmer on her 2008 European and North American tours.

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

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Mike H

Modern yet timeless music.
It's artists like Zoe Keating that make me want to listen to music. I was first introduced to her music in San Diego at an Imogen Heap concert and I've been hooked ever since. If you ever get a chance to see her in concert you won't be disappointed. Her music has a modern yet timeless quality to it that makes it easy and enjoyable to listen to. Be sure to check out her other CD too, it's really good as well.
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Victoria

Worth every penny
I love this CD. I was recently turned on to Rasputina and saw that Zoe performs solo as well and bought both of her CDs. She has a completely different sound from the band and it's fantastic.
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cristina campbell


this cd makes me feel like I'm embarking on an epic journey. It's primal and yet peaceful-incorporating melancholy tones that make me feel like I'm parterning up with Conan (yea the barbarin) on a long fantastic voyage. It's a fantasy book to the ears- I mean that in a good way!
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justmike

Excellent!
Of course, I bought the CD for Keating's association with Rasputina, and for the music geek in me that was fascinated with 16 tracks of cello. I was expecting a good deal more experimentation, or perhaps something a bit more eclectic, but I was not disappointed in the least. The classically-trained cellist comes out in full force as she weaves lush soundscapes, creating a perfect setting for any activity we like to do with the lights dimmed.
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Josh H.

Natoma is Zoe Keating's breakthrough masterpiece. A must have!
I bought this CD because Ms. Keating is a member of one of my favorites, Rasputina. This particular album is absolutely astonishing in its luster and originality. Ms. Keating's work is polished and deliberate, as illustrated by songs like the soothing and graceful second track, Fern. Other tracks exhibit a more primal, somber style. Of these songs, We Insist is perhaps the most compelling. Natoma establishes Ms. Keating as a truly great composer and gifted cellist. This is definitely some of the most intriguing new music I've bought in a long time. I really can't recommend this album highly enough!
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Brenda DeRamus

It's an amazing collection of complex arrangements composed of simple notes.
I was pleasantly surprised when I listened for the first time. Now, I like to have Zoe's CD playing often in the background. There is a slight other-worldly quality to the music. As a student of the instrument, I find that it gets me musically grounded. It's a keeper!
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Alexis Bucsis

Amazing!
I knew that it would be great. But, from the moment I put it in my CD player, I was blown away. Finally hearing the full 7 minutes of Tetrishead completely made my day.
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Kim

Excellent music.
I was really looking forward to this after being familiar with Zoe's work with Rasputina and her previous solo EP. I can honestly say I was not disappointed and fell in love with this CD. The songs evoke a lot of emotion and imagery. A great CD for sitting down and listening or as ambient music, it will be rewarding either way.
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Rick Smith

Phenomenal layered-cello reveries from Rasputina's Zoe...
Zoe Keating's full-length follow-up, Natoma, to her earlier cello-driven EP is the most satisfying musical escape I've found in quite some time. Keating, who wowed me for years as part of Rasputina, here cuts loose in a wholly different way, eschewing Rasputina's howling string tirades and flights of whimsy for a deeper, more personally resonating and provocative experimental sound: cello as ambient landscape of the soul. Sample it, then send for it -- you won't be disappointed.
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Rick Smith

Phenomenal layered-cello reveries from Rasputina's Zoe...
Zoe Keating's full-length follow-up, Natoma, to her earlier cello-driven EP is the most satisfying musical escape I've found in quite some time. Keating, who wowed me for years as part of Rasputina, here cuts loose in a wholly different way, eschewing Rasputina's howling string tirades and flights of whimsy for a deeper, more personally resonating and provocative experimental sound: cello as ambient landscape of the soul. Sample it, then send for it -- you won't be disappointed.
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