Zoe Keating set to bring unique sound to Center for the Arts | TheUnion.com

Zoe Keating set to bring unique sound to Center for the Arts

One-woman orchestra, avant cellist Zoë Keating will enchant Grass Valley audiences during an 8 p.m. Saturday performance at the Center for the Arts.

Prior to her concert, Keating has invited students to her sound check at the Center for the Arts, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for about half an hour.

During this free access, Keating will demonstrate her techniques at sound check — giving students insight to her foot controlled computer and looping technology that she incorporates with her cello playing, according to staff from the Center for the Arts.

Keating has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini.

She has collaborated and performed with WNYC’s Radiolab and is also known for her work in film and dance.

Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of 8, Keating obtained a liberal art degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

In her 20s, she worked in the software industry while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands.

Eventually, Keating combined the cello and the computer, developing her signature style of live-layered music while improvising for late night crowds at a San Francisco warehouse.

Now a mother, Keating has toured North America in recent years, baby in tow, to support her CD, “Into The Trees.”

The recording spent 49 weeks on the Billboard classical charts.

Commissions include music for San Francisco MOMA and soundtracks for the films “Ghost Bird,” “The Devil’s Chair” and “Frozen Angels.” Her music has been used by BBC, ITV, PBS, NPR, NBC, Intel, IBM, Apple, Patagonia, Specialized Bikes, the Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance, Parsons Dance and San Francisco’s ODC, and was recently in the Broadway play “Wit” starring Cynthia Nixon.

Her cello playing can be heard on Mark Isham’s scores for “The Conspirator,” “Warrior” and “The Secret Life of Bees.”

Tickets are $25 for members, $28 for non-members, and are available in person, by phone or online at the Center’s Box Office at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, or at BriarPatch Co-op.

For information, go to http://thecenterforthearts.org.

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