A contemporary cello tour de force, Zoe Keating is a one woman orchestra who combines classical music sensibility with state of the art electronics. 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 45,000 copies of her self-released albums and a devoted social media following. Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë obtained a liberal art degree from Sarah Lawrence College and then spent her 20's working in software while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. In 2003 Zoë quit her comfortable tech job to focus on her layered cello music. Her project drew little interest from anyone in the music industry and since observation of the career trajectories of signed bands had already made her wary of record contracts, she made the choice to release her music online without a label, believing that her listeners were out there and she just needed to find them. See her performance at the 2011 MacWorld conference here.
The Portland Cello Project has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. Portland Cello brings their unique stamp to everything from Beethoven to Arvo Part to instrumental covers of Kanye West and Pantera. Listen here to a live performance from the KEXP-FM studios in Seattle.