Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Australia report, SF Concerts, film news

Hello my cello friends,

Australia was amazing. I've been back for two weeks now and already I'm wondering if that really happened. Did I really go sunbathing on a perfect white beach and then swim in the Indian ocean, on the same day as a show? Did I really play four nights at the Sydney Opera House? I loved the people I met, the coffee, the light, the food. Fantastic.

Touring is wonderful, its one of my favorite things about my job, but it can be maddening when you are a "slow" traveller like myself. I like to explore every nook and cranny of a place, preferably over a period of weeks. I like to buy fish and vegetables in the local markets. I like to sit in cafes and learn bits of history or language from locals who will humor me. But on tour, especially one where I'm in a different city every day, I might have only a couple hours, if that, to absorb as much atmosphere as possible. I spend those precious hours alone, getting drunk on scenery, gorging myself on whatever local delicacies I can find. Sometimes I think I'm invisible, am I really here? Then, I race back to the venue to setup my equipment, soundcheck, and start the evening's work. All these delicious glimpses of a place make me fantasize about the adventures I will have when I come back. That list of places is now impossibly long. I've written about this before, but I really felt it keenly in Australia.

Anyway, back to the present. I have some nice bits of news to report.

First, Scott Crocker's documentary "Ghost Bird" was accepted into the Toronto HotDocs festival. I composed and recorded the soundtrack and I am very happy with the music. I would like to come out for the screening, and so I'm trying to arrange a performance in Toronto around that time. More details soon I hope. Until then, here is info about when the film will be screening:

Ghost Bird screening times

Next, I have a couple of performances coming up in San Francisco!

April 24th with organist Charles Rus.
This is a very special concert. Charles is an old friend, he's an uber talented organist and all-round amazing human being who lives and breathes music. He recently moved to Seattle, but prior to that he played organ with the San Francisco Symphony. We'll be doing a joint performance that will include my solo layered cello music, some modern and classical works for solo pipe organ (i.e. Phillip Glass and Bach), some duets and some cello plus pipe organ ambient improvisation.

Friday, April 24th
8:00 pm
Zoe Keating & Charles Rus

Old First Church
1751 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness Ave)
San Francisco, CA

Tickets are available in advance here

June 4 with Amy X Neuberg
Amy is another amazing musician I've known for a while. She is celebrating the release of a new CD with a performance with her Cello ChiXtet at the Great American Music Hall. I will be opening the show and playing the 1st half of the evening. So an all-cello, all-the-time, evening at my favorite local venue.

Thursday, June 4th
doors 7:30
show 8:00pm

Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Tickets are available in advance here

That's it for now! I'm looking forward to playing in San Francsico again. Its been a while.

Thank you for listening.

Celloly yours,



Blogger Ariel said...

If you ever come to Boise.... :)
I'm glad you enjoyed Australia, it's definitely on my "list"!

Blogger timseley said...

That's awesome. I've never been much of a "tourist" either. I love getting to know the people in a place. Like a street vendor that you go to every morning or the little hole in the wall restaurant. That's the stuff that makes travel so amazing.

Blogger Wylie said...

Yet another reason why I wish I lived in fbomb San Francisco..... I wish you were touring with Amanda in the states!!

Blogger saint said...

Getting home from travelling always feels like waking up from a dream. I can't imagine what a tour must feel like with a different city, state, or country every day. Just going to one place disrupts my rhythms and routines. You're a trouper.

Blogger Janis said...

Just wanted to say I stumbled upon your work, and I'm a huge new fan. "Fern" is my fav. Looking forward to more.

Blogger Unknown said...

Please tell us of any composers who may be an influence on your style. Your music is very reminiscent of Arvo Pärt.


Blogger Unknown said...

My comment is a bit late, but just wanted to say Australia (well, this Australian at least) was very happy you came out here. I've been a fan of your music for some time now, and never thought I'd get the chance to see you perform live, so was thrilled to get to see you at the Opera House. Even if it was just for a short while.
Come back again soon!

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