Zoë Keating

Zoë Keating

“A distinctive mix of old and new — layers of sound, that feel more like orchestrations than a solo instrument.”

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.