In a short documentary called Andante, viewers can now witness a cellist's puzzling excursion to her most out-of-the-way concert venue: a mountaintop. That's right, Ruth Boden, an instructor of cello, bass, and chamber music at Washington State University, recently embarked on a hike to the top of the Matterhorn (in Oregon state), while carrying a cello on her back. She traveled with a small "film crew of one" according to CMuse, with the ultimate goal of performing Bach's cello suite at the summit, in an environment she says feels superior to that of the recital hall.
Israeli-born American classical cellist, Maya Beiser will perform twice at this year's Big Ears Festival. On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7pm, she is the featured soloist in Philip Glass' Cello Concerto No. 2 "Naqoyqatsi" with the Knoxville Symphony at the Tennessee Theatre.
Israeli cellist Inbal Segev will celebrate her record completion of J.S. Bach’s monumental Cello Suites with an album wrap party and concert at Lincoln Center on Feb. 25.
Brazilian vocalist and cellist Dom La Nena has announced a new album titled "SOYO" via Six Degrees Records, which will be released March 3. Co-produced by La Nena and Brazilian composer/singer/guitarist Marcelo Camelo, "SOYO" is the follow-up to her debut album, "Ela." La Nena’s first album got the 25-year-old a lot of attention. NPR hailed it as a “sonic masterpiece” and has drawn comparisons such as “a young Brian Wilson” ("Wall Street Journal"), “a burnished, bossa Joanna Newsom” ("Time Out New York") and “the shadow of Lhasa” ("Voir"). "The New York Times" wrote, “[Dom La Nena] joins the sorority of whisperers that includes singers like Juana Molina, Hope Sandoval and Jane Birkin.” Co-produced by La Nena and Brazilian songwriter Marcelo Camelo, formerly of the Brazilian band Los Hermanos, the album features long, wandering melodies ornamented by cellos, pianos and other chamber folk elements coming and going throughout. Recorded in Lisbon, Paris and Mexico City; mixed in Sao Paolo; and mastered in Miami, "SOYO" is international to its core. This is something La Nena reflects in her music, with tales of vast distances, longing and nostalgia.
The Jewish Museum will be presenting a concert titled “Bang on a Can: Beauty is Power” featuring cello player Maya Beiser. The concert is tied to the Museum’s exhibition, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power, the fist exhibition about the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and trendsetting art collector.
The album's stirring mix of imagery, techniques, atmospheres and rhythms speaks to a level of creative ambition worthy of the cellist's virtuosity, perhaps not surprising in a veteran of the Kronos Quartet's musical adventures.
What is a classically trained cellist doing at an electronic dance music show? Moreover, what is a cello doing onstage at an EDM show? We’re not entirely sure so we got on the horn with Saum Ghosh to talk about what it means to be an Indian cellist in the dance music scene, his forthcoming album and his latest philanthropic adventure.