Zoe Keating
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Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY ethic which has resulted in the sale of over 40,000 copies of her self-released albums and a devoted social media following.

Zoë’s grassroots, label-less approach has garnered her much public attention and press. She has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and awarded a performing arts grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Zoë is also a governor of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, sits on the board of CASH Music and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Zoë has spent much of 2011 touring across North America, young baby in tow, to support her latest album, Into the Trees, which has spent 49 weeks on the Billboard classical charts, reaching #7.

Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë spent her 20’s working at software startups while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. Inevitably, she combined the two and developed her now signature style while improvising for late night crowds at her San Francisco warehouse.

Zoë has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini. She is a regular collaborator with the creators of WNYC’s Radiolab and is also known for her work in film. Commissions include music for the San Francisco MOMA’s audio tour and soundtracks for the films Ghost Bird, The Devil’s Chair and Frozen Angels. Her cello playing can be heard on Mark Isham’s scores The Conspirator, Warrior and The Secret Life of Bees.

Zoë makes an effort to reach audiences wherever they are, performing on radio, television and webcasts, outdoors in the desert, in churches and concert halls, at universities, museums, technology conferences, executive brainstorming sessions, house concerts, bars and rock clubs across North America and Europe.


Into The Trees
One Cello x 16: Natoma
One Cello x 16