This new album by the American cellist offers an appreciation of her
talents as both a composer and performer, in a unique and elegant style
reflecting her many inspirations, from baroque music to Americana and
Lori Goldston's approach to the violoncello is true and immediate.
Describing herself as “classically trained and rigorously de-trained”,
Goldston indeed defies all conformities of genre, style and technique. Her
playing reflects as much of Baroque as it does of American roots or
experimental traditions. It is elegant, gritty, restless, delicate,
irreverent, utterly pure. This album comprises of two parts, highlighting
Goldston as both a distinct composer as well as a many-faceted performer.
The first side holds a suite of songs written by Goldston to accompany the
poems of Melinda Mueller, while the second features pieces written for
Goldston by Jessika Kenney, Satchel Henneman and Julio
Recorded live by Mell Dettmer at the Chapel Performance Space and at
Studio Soli in Seattle WA, 2018.
Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless,
semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston (born 1963 in the State of New York,
lives and works in Seattle) is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer,
writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or
acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless
inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre,
discipline, time and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries,
arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and stadiums.
Current and former collaborators and/or bosses include Earth, Nirvana,
Mirah, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Eyvind Kang, Stuart Dempster, David
Byrne, Terry Riley, Jherek Bischoff, Malcom Goldstein, Matana Roberts,
Dana Reason, Lonnie Holley, Cat Power, Ellen Fullman, Mike Gamble, Mik
Quantius, Embryo, Secret Chiefs 3, Marisa Anderson, Trey Gunn and Pat
Mastelotto, Ô Paon, Tara Jane O'Neil, Natacha Atlas, Broken Water, Ed
Pias, Byron Au Young, Christian Rizzo, Threnody Ensemble, Cynthia Hopkins,
33 Fainting Spells, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Mitchell and Lynn Shelton.