Win Tickets ($46): Zoë Keating @ Aladdin Theater | Cellist and Composer

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Zoë Keating @ Aladdin Theater on June 6. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 30.


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Zoë Keating
June 6, 2023
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $23 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Composer and performer Zoë Keating has spent the last 20 years exploring the landscape of sounds a string instrument can make. She coaxes sounds out of the very edges of her cello, adeptly layering them into “swoon inducing” (San Francisco Weekly) music that is unclassifiable yet “a distinctive mix of old and new” (National Public Radio). She is known for her use of technology – which she uses to record and sample her cello onstage and in the studio – and for her DIY approach – composing, recording and producing her works on her own terms, without the help of a record label.

Born in Canada, Keating started playing the cello when she was eight and went on to pursue electronic music and contemporary composition as part of her Liberal Arts studies at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduation she moved to San Francisco and built a career as an information architect and data analyst while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. Keating eventually combined her love of music and technology, using a computer to live-layer her cello and performing for late-night parties in the San Francisco warehouse in which she lived.

Keating’s recorded works have achieved a surprising degree of popular ubiquity for a DIY artist. Her self-produced albums have several times reached #1 on the iTunes classical charts and spent many months on the Billboard classical charts. Her recordings are used as bumper music for NPR’s Morning Edition, as the theme music to OnBeing, as the thinking- music of the Sherlock Holmes character on CBS Elementary, in countless documentaries and in tens of thousands of online videos of everything from professional and amateur dance performances to rock climbing and gaming videos.

Keating also composes for TV, theater, film and dance. She co-composed, along with Jeff Russo, the score for the HBO movie “Oslo”, which earned them an Emmy Nomination in 2021 for Outstanding Music for a Television Movie. In addition to her recordings, Keating performs to rapt audiences around the world. Each performance is unique as she spontaneously improvises around her works, demonstrates how she makes them and tells the stories behind each piece.

A vocal advocate for the rights of artists and creators, Keating writes and speaks often about copyright and the mechanics of the music industry economy. She was elected a governor of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and served as a boardmember of CASH Music, a nonprofit organization that built open source digital tools for musicians and labels.

As a cellist Zoë has played with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Guy Sigsworth, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, Dan Hicks, Thomas Dolby, Sean Ono Lennon, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini.

Zoë lives in Burlington, VT and her latest projects include scoring for a three-part science series that will be revealed in Dec 2023 and a motion picture scheduled for release in 2023.

“…a distinctive mix of old and new — layers of sound, that feel more like orchestrations than a solo instrument. ” – National Public Radio

“… uses live looping to transform solo performances into multipart masterpieces.” – Electronic Musician




  1. Anastasiya Gutnik on May 16, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    I was first introduced to Zoë Keating when she was a music student in my hometown in upstate NY and it has been such a joy to listen to her music evolve over all these years! I’ve moved all around the country and have the pleasure of seeing her in venues large and small from east to west coast. Super stoked she is coming to Portland, where I recently relocated!

  2. James on May 16, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Not easy to tour on your own. She holds the stage.

  3. Ashley O'Connor on May 16, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    My husband loves the cello and this is on his birthday!

  4. Ken on May 16, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Absolutely sensational artist.

  5. Shelley A on May 16, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    “swoon inducing”
    Cello? Yes Please!

  6. Kelly on May 17, 2023 at 7:33 am

    I want to be swooned by Zoë!

  7. Austin Walker on May 18, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Talented and a joy to hear, would love to see them in person!

  8. Chris on May 18, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    Would love to experience this!

  9. Lesley on May 18, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    love cello, would be interested in checking them out

  10. Linda Stone on May 18, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Zoe Keating is a lovely human and makes such joyful music. I have a good friend who is an avid fan and would love to surprise her with a night out to see Zoe, as she is going through some health challenges.

  11. William Dollarhide on May 19, 2023 at 12:31 am

    This sounds like a fantastic chance to hear her magic with my son!

  12. Amy H. on May 19, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Would love to see this!

  13. Daniel on May 20, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Love cello and love Zoë Keating!

  14. YB on May 23, 2023 at 9:15 am

    This looks amazing! My boyfriend would love to go to this!

  15. SR on May 23, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Discovered her during my goth cello days over two decades ago and have been a fan ever since!

  16. Lisa Kendall on May 23, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    HUGE cello fan. I’ll wear my best and mind my manners.

  17. David on May 23, 2023 at 10:29 pm


  18. Hannah on May 24, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I’m a nurse, and I’m an ICU desperate for a date night with my partner. This would be the perfect night out!

  19. Lydia on May 24, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    String music always makes me cry and I could use a good sob!!

  20. Cath on May 24, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    This would be such a fun date night!

  21. Thea Stamatelos on June 1, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    I would love to see this!

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