"This next artist (Celloquacious), just blew everybody away".
José Antonio Ponce, at New Mexico Music Awards Ceremony
"Haunting and lush cello vibes".
Jake Gutierrez, Owner/Producer at Chingön Recörds
"This is music of the finest antiquity of Eastern Europe. Words cannot even express what I just experienced".
Lainie Sevante Wulkan, Host/Producer at Zeta Global Radio
I speak through my cello
Keely is a rarity: she composes and performs solo on electroacoustic cello with live looping and effects, creating a virtual cello orchestra. She publicly emerged as Celloquacious in 2019, and soon after, Keely was honored to win the 2020 New Mexico Music Award for her song, Out at Sea, in the Ambient Contemporary Instrumental category. Celloquacious is an artistic and musical concept, of a composer and performer communicating through her cello. Keely states, “when the music comes through me, there are no words, only images of sound”. Celloquacious has three aspirations: to connect with and move people through the musical language of the cello, to collaborate and community build through the arts, and to positively contribute to the larger community.
Since the age of nine, Keely has been playing cello. Keely plays from the heart, and this has been felt by listeners, over the decades of her playing. At first, strictly a classically trained cellist, Keely began improvising, performing, and recording with indie alternative rock bands in college, and then in the genres of jazz, soul, funk and Kirtan. Classical training and performance pervades.Over the past seven years, Keely has been developing her use of electronic and amplified cello, as well as integrating looping and effects pedals into creating her own original solo pieces. Her music is from "futuristic antiquity", where sounds of antiquity from her classical cello, merge with futuristic sounds, through her amplified cello, with looping and effects, and as a result, she creates “musical soulscapes”.
in addition to doing her own solo work as Celloquacious, Keely continues to collaborate with other artists. She joined with international award winning pianist and composer, Elizabeth Capra, to create Delphi Project in March of 2019. Additionally, Keely continues to collaborate with musicians around the globe, and will be a part of NYCEMF 2021, the largest electroacoustic music festival in the world, with composer and musician, Madyar Ghazinejad, from Iran.