Zoë Keating

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Zoë Keating
Zoe Keating - Pop!Tech 2009 - Camden, ME.jpg
Zoë Keating at Pop!Tech in 2009
Background information
Birth name Zoë Keating
Born (1972-02-02) February 2, 1972 (age 42)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Contemporary classical, cello rock
Occupations Composer, producer
Instruments Cello
Associated acts Rasputina, Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Melissa Barak
Website www.zoekeating.com

Zoë Keating (born February 2, 1972) is a Canadian-born cellist and composer based in San Francisco, California.

Music career[edit]

Zoe Keating on VK www.vk.com/zoekeating .In her solo performances and recordings Keating uses live electronic sampling and repetition in order to layer the sound of her cello, creating rhythmically dense musical structures. As of 29 October 2012, Keating uses Ableton Live and SooperLooper software[1] along with Keith McMillen Instruments' SoftStep Foot Controller.[2] Her self-produced album One Cello x 16: Natoma was four times #1 on the iTunes classical charts and "Into the Trees" spent 47 weeks on the Billboard classical chart, peaking at #7. She is the recipient of a 2009 Performing Arts grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.

Keating's songs have been featured in various commercials, TV shows, films, and dance performances including CBS's Elementary, NBC's Crisis, So You Think You Can Dance, HBO's Teen Wolf, Dateline, Have You Heard from Johannesburg, The Day Carl Sandburg Died, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, The Retrieval.

In January 2011, Keating won the award for Contemporary Classical Album from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.[3]

In July 2011, Keating was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.[4] She performed at the closing ceremony of the forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on January 25, 2014.

On September 1, 2013 the LA Times published an Op-Ed she authored. It discussed the positive and negative effects of her iTunes revenue on her Do-It-Yourself performing career.[5]

Keating performed from 2002 to 2006 as second chair cellist in the cello rock band Rasputina. She is featured on Amanda Palmer's debut solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer.

Personal life[edit]

In 1972, Keating was born in Guelph, Ontario to an English mother and an American father. She began playing the cello at the age of eight and attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Prior to 2005, she worked as an information architect. She worked on projects at the now defunct Perspecta, Inc and the Research Libraries Group (now part of OCLC) and the Database of Recorded American Music.

In March 2010, Keating announced via her website that she was expecting her first child with her husband Jeff Rusch in May.[6] She gave birth to a son, Alex, on May 12, 2010.[7]

Her husband Jeff Rusch was diagnosed with stage 4 cancers in May 2014,[8] and was admitted to the hospital for emergency treatment. Days later, Keating and Rusch received a letter denying coverage for this hospital stay by their insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross.[9] After local media publicized the story, Anthem Blue Cross reversed its decision, telling Keating in a phone call that the hospital stay will be covered. [10]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 2004 - One Cello x 16 (EP)
  • 2005 - One Cello x 16: Natoma
  • 2010 - Into the Trees

Soundtracks[edit]

With Curt Smith[edit]

With Pomplamoose[edit]

With Halou[edit]

With Amanda Palmer[edit]

With Mar[edit]

  • 2007 - The Sound

With Rasputina[edit]

With John Vanderslice[edit]

With Tarentel[edit]

  • 2001 - The Order of Things

With Dionysos[edit]

  • 1999 - Haiku

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ableton Live & SooperLooper!". twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  2. ^ "could be the answer to my foot controller issues". twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Zoe Keating". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Cellist Zoë Keating brings enchanting sounds to stage tonight". The Union. July 19, 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Zoë Keating (2013-09-01). "LABOR PAINS - The sharps and flats of the music business - iTunes helps a DIY musician make a living. But what the Internet gives, it can also take away.". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. "Monthly payments from iTunes have been steady ever since, and they've made a lot of things possible. They allowed me to buy a house, a reliable car and health insurance, and to take time off when my son was born. It sounds pathetic, but knowing that 60,000 people liked my albums enough to buy them gave me confidence I'd lacked and encouraged me to take my art seriously and make more of it." 
  6. ^ Zoë Keating (2010-03-09). "Zoe's Incredibly Interesting Blog: Expanding". Blog.zoekeating.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. "However, I doubt you will find the poster the most interesting thing about this photo .... http://www.zoekeating.com/blog/uploaded_images/P2211062-788701.jpg ahem. Yes, its true! We're expecting a baby in MAY! So, if you see me over the next couple months, please don't think my latest hippo-look is just because I've gone all crazy with the chocolate ice cream (although I admit I have felt compelled to eat a fair amount of it over the last few months)." 
  7. ^ "Twitter / Zoe Keating: baby Alex is 3 weeks today". Twitter.com. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Unbelievable". tumblr.com. 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  9. ^ Andria Borba (May 28, 2014). "Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross After Paying $100K In Premiums". KPIX-CBS San Francisco. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  includes video and transcript of coverage.
  10. ^ "Anthem Blue Cross To Cover Sonoma County Cancer Patient After KPIX 5 Report". KPIX-CBS San Francisco. May 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 

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