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 nameZoë Clare Keating
Born (1972-02-02) February 2, 1972 (age 46)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresContemporary classical, cello rock
Occupation(s)Musician, Composer, producer
Years active1999-present
Associated actsRasputina, Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer

Zoë Keating (born February 2, 1972) is a Canadian-born cellist and composer once based in San Francisco, California, now based in Vermont.[1]

Music career[edit]

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.

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. 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 Award from Creative Capital.

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

In January 2011, Keating won the award for Contemporary Classical Album from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.[2]

In July 2011, Keating was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.[3] She performed at the closing ceremony of the forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2014 and 2016.

In November 2015, Keating participated in a copyright review event coordinated by the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.

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.[4]

Keating composed the score to A&E's The Returned with Jeff Russo.[5] and in 2015 the pair composed music for season 2 of Manhattan on WGN.

Personal life[edit]

In 1972, Keating was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada 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]

Rusch was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May 2014,[7] 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.[8] After local media publicized the story, Anthem Blue Cross reversed its decision, telling Keating in a phone call that the hospital stay would be covered.[9] Rusch died on February 19, 2015.[10]



  • 2004 - One Cello x 16 (EP)
  • 2005 - One Cello x 16: Natoma
  • 2010 - Into the Trees
  • 2018 - Snowmelt (EP)


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


  1. ^ "Transitions | Zoe Keating". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  2. ^ "Zoe Keating". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
  3. ^ "Cellist Zoë Keating brings enchanting sounds to stage tonight". The Union. July 19, 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Jeff Russo & Zoe Keating to Score A&E's 'The Returned'". Film Music Reporter. November 4, 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  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. ^ "Unbelievable". tumblr.com. 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Anthem Blue Cross To Cover Sonoma County Cancer Patient After KPIX 5 Report". KPIX-CBS San Francisco. May 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  10. ^ Holubiak, Ian (February 24, 2015). "Jeffrey Rusch, Husband to Zoë Keating, Dies After Initially Being Denied Cancer Treatment". Classicalite. Retrieved 3 March 2015.

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