Tuesday, September 30, 2008

in europe!

hello everyone,

i'm in edinburgh right now, in a fantastically homey pub called the Black Rose Tavern. the mohawked staff is attractively decked out in black, the music loud and punk, but most importantly, they have all day breakfast (black pudding!!), comfy sofas and free wifi.

anyway, i haven't had internet for a few days and see that i have a PILE of messages! i will do my best to read them all, but you should know that i might be a bit out of touch for the next 4 weeks since i'm relying on free wifi in conjunction with free moments to find the wifi!

thank you for the lovely messages. as some of you probably heard, amanda palmer got hit by a car in belfast. she stepped off the curb while looking the wrong way. thankfully, only her foot was injured, but pretty seriously, and she has three broken bones in her foot, a broken big toe and a cast up to her knee. the girl is a trooper though and even performed an extra long set in belfast that same night. so...the show goes on. send her your best bone-healing wishes....

i'm going to go now and have a wander while the sun is shining. i forgot how much i LOVE BEING ON TOUR.

celloly yours, zoe

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pics from Oracle Open World

Just some quick shots of one of my Oracle performances. There was a 350 foot screen behind me, showing animated text that conference attendees were entering into kiosks around the Moscone center.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Newsy bits, European tour, WKAP pre-orders

Ello, ello, ello....

The outline....


1) First the NEWSY BITS....

I'm getting ready for tour, trying to finish all my competing projects, and coping with the RadioLab-podcast-effect (i.e. mailing hundreds of CDs - thank you everyone! AND you made me #1 on iTunes classical last week!!). Jeff's been helping me figure out logistics of transporting me and my stuff (fly to Boston, rehearse in Boston, fly to SF, then perform at Oracle OpenWorld, fly to Boston, perform in Boston, fly to Ireland).

One of my goals is to not bring any external hardware with me, and just use a software looper called SooperLooper. Not sure yet if I'm going to be able to pull that off, but it would be so freeing (er, and with less baggage charges!) to travel with just cello+computer+foot pedal.

I heard, via my Dad who read it in the NYTimes, that "Secret Life of Bees" premiered at the Toronto Film Fest the other day. It said the film "a coming-of-age drama set against the civil rights struggles of 1964, turns out to be stitched together, emotionally speaking, with a cello". I know they're speaking about Alicia Keyes' cello-playing character, but its gratifying nonetheless, given that it is me playing all those cello parts. The movie premiers in theaters while I'm in Europe, so if you see it, tell me how my "solos" with the London Chamber Orchestra sound...


Yes, at long last Amanda's album is here! Its great, nuff said. I can't wait to go on tour and play the songs. I am extremely happy with how my bits came out. And its not just an album, this is a full-on art project that comes with a variety of options: signed by Amanda and Ben Folds, companion book by Neil Gaiman, lithographs, twin-peaks-inspired crime-scene-photo sets, special songs, etc.

Here's where to get it: Who Killed Amanda Palmer?


So, at the bottom you will find whens and wheres of the Amanda Palmer tour. Opening solo are myself and also Accordion-playing-audience-mesmerizer Jason Webley. Then I'll join Amanda and the Danger Ensemble for the big show (yes, costumes are involved).

Right before leaving this continent I have a performance at MIT for the Emerging Technology conference. For those of you in Boston, yes, this show IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
September 25th, 4:30pm
MIT: Building W16 (Kresge Auditorium)
street address: 48 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)

Also in there, are performances on Sept 22, 23 and 24 at the Moscone Center in SF at Oracle OpenWorld (before keynote speeches, if any on this list happen to be going).

After the tour, there are some other things happening (i.e. live performances with a ballet in Spain) but I think there is already enough in here and I'm amazed if I haven't lost half of you already!

Thank you, thank you for all your support.

celloly yours,


Sept 22,23,24 Oracle Open World @ Moscone Center, San Francisco
Sept 25 4:30P EmTech @ MIT, Boston

Sep 27 7:30P Academy Dublin, Ireland
Sep 28 8:00P Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse Belfast, Ireland
Sep 30 7:00P Cabaret Voltaire Edinburgh, Scotland
Oct 2 8:30P King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 3 7:00P Birmingham Space 2 @ The Custard Factory Birmingham, UK
Oct 4 7:00P Concorde 2 Brighton, UK
Oct 6 7:30P Club Academy Manchester, UK
Oct 7 7:30P Thekla Bristol, UK
Oct 8 6:30P Carling Academy Sheffield, UK
Oct 10 8:00P Koko London, UK
Oct 12 9:00P Knaack Klub Berlin, Germany
Oct 13 9:00P Star Club Dresden, Germany
Oct 14 9:00P Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg, Germany
Oct 16 8:00P Abart Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 17 9:00P Music Drome (fka Transilvania) Milan, Italy
Oct 18 8:00P Komma Wörgl, Austria
Oct 20 7:00P Szene Vienna Vienna, Austria
Oct 21 9:00P 59:1 Munich, Germany
Oct 23 8:00P La Boule Noire Paris, France
Oct 24 8:15P Handelsbeurs Ghent, Belgium
Oct 26 7:30P Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 27 7:30P Helling Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 29 8:00P 13 Tilburg, Netherlands