Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Sublime Zoe Keating & How the Cello Cleaned My Insides
Monday evening, Marcy and I and two friends ventured to Cleveland to the Beachland Ballroom to see avant-garde composer and cellist, Zoe Keating.
I have been loving her music for some months now, and as soon as I started to use it in my movement teaching, I noticed something special about it: Zoe's music is topped by nothing else (so far) in its ability to bring out the deepest levels of body honesty to which I have been witness. Something about her work unveils people.
I knew that seeing her live would be wonderful, but it was beyond anything I could have anticipated. She is sublime. There are not enough words.
First, hearing her work live felt like a cello-induced reiki session. An energy healing. A bath of sound and vibration that scrubbed out my insides, that filled me with optimistic joy and vitality.
Second, she, herself, was truly inspiring. I kept thinking about the thousands and thousands of hours of dedication to this thing that she loves beyond reason.
That level of love is what separates the great from the average.
Here is a short film about her that captures her personality and work life beautifully, and here is her Flickr stream, which demonstrates how her artistry permeates every single thing about her.
Marcy took some awesome photos of Zoe and our time in Cleveland here.