Cello Week – Final Day – Portland Cello Project – If Moon Was Cookie

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Portland Cello Project plays a lot of concerts with local musicians.  This one is a cover of a classic, with the original thrown in.  Thus concludes Cello Week.  Enjoy.

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Cello Week – Day 6 – Osvaldo Golijov – Mariel

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Osvaldo Golijov is the composer that started this recent interest in modern orchestral music. We went to an outdoor concert at Ravinia in Chicago where Yo-Yo Ma played a Golijov piece, “Azul”, which was really cool. Unfortunately, I can’t find a recording or video of that piece, but here’s another Golijov cello piece. “Mariel is for cello and 7 recorded cellos. The cellist here is Maya Beiser. Enjoy.

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Cello Week – Day 5 – Györgi Ligeti – Sonata for Solo Cello

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Matt Haimovitz is one of the really great cellists out there right now.  I wanted to be sure to include him in this week, so here he is playing Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Cello.

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Cello Week – Day 4 – Michael Gordon – Industry

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Composer Michael Gordon:

I had this vision of a 100-foot cello made out of steel suspended from the sky, a cello the size of a football field, and, in the piece, the cello becomes a hugely distorted sound.

That about sums it up. The first time I listened to this, I wasn’t a huge fan, but I kept coming back to it, so I’d be interested to hear what people think of this one. The cellist in the video is Jeff Zeigler (perhaps better known as the cellist of the Kronos Quartet).

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Cello Week – Day 3 – Erik Friedlander – Night White

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Erik Friedlander is one of the more prolific cellists of today. If you check out his website, you will see a whole lot of projects (as well as some samples from his various performances). Today’s video comes from the album Block Ice & Propane which is inspired by the family vacations of his youth. Once again this performance has an accompanying video, in which some of the images were taken from his family photo albums.

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Cello Week – Day 2 – Zoë Keating – Escape Artist

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week. So rather than competing with the WGOM music video of the day, think of this as a complement.

Cello Week rolls on with Zoë Keating, playing one of her compositions that will (hopefully) appear on her upcoming album. Whereas yesterday featured seven recorded cello parts, Keating creates her recorded parts as the piece evolves using a loop machine. I think the effect is really cool, and I’ve been a fan of hers for a while now, and it’s some of the more unique cello music out there.

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Cello Week – Day 1 – Cello Counterpoint by Steve Reich

I’ve been listening to a lot of cello music lately, and I was considering throwing my hat in the ring for a week of guest DJing at the WGOM featuring some cello music, but then I realized I have my own website, and I could just have my own cello week.  So here goes nothing.

First up is “Cello Counterpoint” by Steve Reich (2003) for cello and seven recorded cello parts (in this case the recorded cello takes the form of a video).  This was performed by Ted Rankin-Parker at Oberlin College.  Unfortunately there are two video parts and the first one gets cut off right in the middle of the piece, so apologies for that, but mostly I liked this video for the guy playing a cello in the passenger seat of a car.

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