Zoë Keating

It's only appropriate that Zoë Keating, who uses sound recording and manipulation software to assemble her gothically dense cello compositions on the spot, should be presented as a model of what technology has to offer the aspiring solo musician. In fact, the Bay Area resident recently played for Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas! Her latest album, Into the Trees, represents what she calls "my journey into the forest. Me observing my life there, and the experience of what I call the 'ghost forest'—the forest that used to be there before it was cut down." This helps explain the haunting, haunted sound of Into the Trees, which is suspenseful and cinematic and as fully realized as any number of multiplayer instrumental albums. The cello is an ideal vehicle to convey an atmosphere of foreboding, of course, but it also helps that Keating manipulates it in every imaginable way: bow, pluck, strum, thump, loop. Her playing is expressive but not particularly flashy; what's most striking is the towering choral effect she gets by accompanying freshly recorded iterations of herself. DANIEL BECKER

Mon., March 28, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., March 29, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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