Music Zoe Keating. Photograph by Claude Shade. Courtesy of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Kate Albert Ward

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Zoe Keating and the Portland Cello Project

Zoe Keating. Photograph by Claude Shade. Courtesy of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Zoe Keating. Photograph by Claude Shade. Courtesy of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

I work at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, so I readily admit that I hold some level of enthusiasm for just about all that we do. That said, I am really excited about our upcoming show – Zoe Keating and the Portland Cello Project, January 25th in the Rialto Theater.

My appreciation for both Zoe Keating and the Portland Cello Project began long before I started working at the BCPA. I first became acquainted with Zoe Keating through NPR, which has more than once showed their love of this innovative composer on segments such as All Things Considered and Day to Day.

When the constraints of classical music induced stage fright, Keating developed a computerized method of composing by looping, layering, and manipulating her cello music. The result sounds like a multitude of perfectly choreographed instruments, swelling, receding, teasing, and leading the listener through an enthralling symphonic landscape.

The Portland Cello Project. Courtesy of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

The Portland Cello Project. Courtesy of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

The Portland Cello Project captured my attention while living in their titular city, but I never had a chance to see them perform. Not yet working at the BCPA, I attended the inaugural Fall Free for All expressly to finally see them (well, them and Horsefeathers) in person.

I was not disappointed.

The Portland Cello Project plays both classical and pop music, refreshing both with their vibrant and offbeat ingenuity. For a sample of what I mean, follow this link to watch them play a cover of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

The Portland Cello Project complements Zoe Keating’s propensity for genre-bending by making it their mission to bring the cello to new frontiers in terms of what, where, and with whom they play.

Having shared all this information with you, I am pleased to be able to offer an opportunity to win two tickets to see Zoe Keating and the Portland Cello Project, Friday January 25th at 7:30 pm in the Rialto Theater. To enter to win, simply email editor@postdefiance.com by midnight on Saturday February 19th. The winner will be notified no later than 5pm on Monday January 21st.

Should you not win, tickets are available at $19, $29, and $39 (some fees do apply).

Be sure to check out other upcoming events at www.broadwaycenter.org, such as Circus Oz Feb. 1st 7:30 and Feb. 2nd at 2pm and 7:30pm.

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About the Author

Kate Albert Ward

Kate Albert Ward received her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, and her B.A. from the University of Washington. In addition to serving as a managing editor and writer for Post Defiance, she is also a co-chair for the Tacoma Arts Leadership Lab and an administrator for Campus MLK. Kate has done freelance writing for the Museum of Glass, The South Sound User's Guide, and 19th-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Kate’s previous job experience includes working as the Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellow at the Portland Art Museum and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Portland State University. Kate currently works at Hilltop Artists, a youth development program that uses glass arts to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures. kate.albert.ward@postdefiance.com



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