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


Blogger breun said...

Just wanted to let everyone know that the venue in Tilburg (Oct 29) is called 013, not 13. (It's the local area code.)

Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations on hitting that #1 spot!

I recently just turned eighteen and have been playing cello since I was three. Since I was about ten years old, I've been drawn to experimenting and stretching beyond the borders of classical music. But at the time, of course, no one really knew what to do with my enthusiasm so it was basically brushed off.

Eight years later, Apocalyptica's become a commonly known name, technology has vastly improved to support the efforts, and society seems ready to embrace the new ideas and concepts. I randomly stumbled across a youtube video of you and my jaw dropped; you perfectly captured what, for years, I've been trying and wanting and striving to do. The melding of aural and visual and spiritual is breath-taking.

I know I am completely rambling but I've been putting this off and now I just need to get it off my chest, lol. I guess this comment is twofold. 1) THANK YOU for being an inspiration for me and a reminder that, yes, this IS possible, and 2) where in the world should I start? Indiana still remains pretty unexposed and so everything I've learned and done I've had to do on my own, through my own research and experimentation. That's fine and all, but where/what can I do to start delving a step deeper?

If you've actually read this entire comment, YOU'RE AMAZING. I'm just so excited to have discovered you. Keep up the incredible work.

Blogger Sinners Saint said...

your sound is a behemoth.

and yeah i think i got a little crush on you too...

i'm really impressed with your work. i first heard it on radiolab and it made me cry, well, it made my tear ducts over flow anyway, because guys arent supposed to cry out here in the big bad world. but for what its worth, your music is valuable to me.

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Blogger Rozie said...

Hi Zoe,
Loved your Radiolab show. I'll keep my fingers crossed that there will be future tours in the states.

Blogger Rob Myers said...

I bought WKAP based on your recommendation.

It's great, but not enough cello. ;-)

Blogger helenahandbasket said...

touring in the states will happen! i promise!

Blogger Unknown said...

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Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks! for bringing som analog technology to Oracle Open World. Just downloaded your album on iTunes.

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