Zoë Keating ⌉|⌈ Exurgency
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 approach, releasing her
music online without the help of a
Born in Canada and a cellist since the age of
eight, Zoë obtained a liberal arts degree from
Sarah Lawrence College and spent her 20’s
working at a software start-up while
moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. She
eventually combined the cello and the
computer, developing her signature style of
live-layered music while improvising for late
night crowds at her Francisco warehouse.
In 2003 Zoë quit her tech job to focus on
Zoë’s grassroots, label-less approach has
garnered her much public attention and press.
She speaks regularly about artist-empowerment,
has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered
and named a Young Global Leader by the World
Economic Forum. She serves on the boards of the
San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy,
the Magik Magik Orchestra and CASH Music, a
nonprofit organization that builds open source
digital tools for musicians and labels.
As a cellist, Zoë has played with a wide range of
artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer,
Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, Dan Hicks, Thomas
Dolby, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose
and Paolo Nutini. She has collaborated with
WNYC’s Radiolab and lends her music regularly
to film, tv, dance productions and commercials.
Zoë lives in a redwood forest in Northern California
with her husband and young son.
Creative Capital Foundation, 2009:
Performing Arts grant
San Francisco Arts Fest, 2005:
Emerging artist award
Belle Foundation, 2005:
Artistic development grant
World Economic Forum, 2011:
Young Global Leader
Source: Zoë Keating