Zoe Keating: One Woman Orchestra

Zoe Keating

Zoe Keating

Inspiration can come from many unexpected places, you just have to be open to finding them. As Neil Gaiman said: “You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”

This summer I was tagging along with my husband to a web developer conference because it was taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Most of the talks were highly technical, so I took the opportunity to meander through one of my favorite cities, ducking in and out of the rain to little tea shops, exploring antiquarian book stores, and scouring the closes and back alleys for writing ideas. I was eventually lured back to the conference venue for the closing party, where I fortuitously discovered the imaginative music of Zoe Keating, an unexpected well of inspiration.

Keating, a cellist based in San Francisco, is a one woman orchestra, her only tools include her cello and a laptop, which she uses to loop her recordings, playing layer upon layer of haunting, supernatural cello compositions. She’s played with artists ranging from Amanda Palmer to Tears for Fears. Her music is chockfull of emotion and raw feeling. When I was listening to her perform in Edinburgh, different stories were forming inside my head to match the imaginative swells and notes of her music. What I really love about Keating’s songs, is that everyone I’ve asked, has a different picture in her head of what comes to mind when listening to her play. Check out this grassroots musician, for a fantastic writing soundtrack!

KH

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