Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improviser, writer, and teacher based in Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is textured, committed, and original. Her restless curiosity drifts easily across borders that separate genre, discipline, time, and geography. This new release, creekside: solo cello, explores margins and unstable thresholds: the amplified sound has a spatial airiness, while the acoustic playing sounds full. Her experiments are guided by how nature produces multidimensional sounds from simple measures and life in a still wild place; water, weather, echoes, field recordings, insects, plants, folk songs, and myths.
In music as in life, one does well to turn problems into assets, and Lori brings a technical and intuitive understanding to the challenges of amplifying an acoustic instrument. Through tours with bands including Nirvana and Earth, and decades of work in a town that loves heavy music and feedback, her voice as a cellist has developed a finely wrought raw, electric distortion, often pushed slightly beyond control. Delicate chaos weaves layers with a precision that's inspired by work in radically diverse disciplines including classical, popular, and folk music from many parts of the world and from years of working with a long list of illustrious collaborators.
With the invitation from Eric Isaacson to make an LP for Mississippi Records, Lori found herself in familiar, beloved company with reissues of punk, folk, and international LPs.For earlier projects, including the Black Cat Orchestra and Spectratone International, she studied, transcribed, and arranged music from old and new recordings, hunting through libraries, second hand and record stores, and friends' collections. creekside offers itself as a message in a bottle, a remark in the continuum of conversations between musicians and listeners reporting from their rooms in their corners of the world. Here we have the ghostly imprint of two late summer days in a room near a creek in the northwest corner of the United States, Mell Dettmer's Aleph Studio.
released February 17, 2014
Lori Goldston, solo cello
Recorded by Mell Dettmer at Aleph Studio, Seattle
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland
Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist,
composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher based in Seattle. A deep, untidy beauty propels her voice as a cellist which is —amplified or acoustic— full, textured, committed and original....more
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Haunting, throbbing, and galloping headlong into the Pacific, this is my favorite cinematic guitar art since Neil Young's soundtrack to "Dead Man."
Since the film doesn't exist for "Mercury" yet, I'll get to work on the screenplay. Matthew Woodman