Earth: Archetype Featuring Josh Trujillo on percussion: giving this song a renewed vitality. Archetype is about a symbolic and timeless journey across land, mountains and woods. This was originally written by me on Summer Solstice of 2016. 2023 NMMA Finalist in the World Music Category.
Earth: Saunterers - Saunterers came to me in a dream, I improvised upon it with Elizabeth Garland, and then reimagined it. John Muir inspired the name with this, quote: “these mountains are our holy land and people ought to saunter through them reverently, not hike through them”. A la sainte terre: to the Holy Land.
Air: Transfiguration - This piece is the most abstract, atmospheric, electroacoustic on this album. The underlying loop lasts 1/2 a minute. This song portrays an expanding struggle that is transformed, and everything becomes lighter and more alluring. 2023 NMMA Finalist in the Ambient Category.
Air: Bee Meditation - During the lockdown, I was sometimes spending 40 hours a week partaking in Macrophotography. Many of my photos portray bees, especially native bees. I grew up loving the honeybees my grandpa cared for. These small creatures are miraculous, and we depend on them. My ode to bees!
Fire: Hjärta - “Heart (Swedish), my family from Sweden were visiting in NY and taught me how to say “heart” in Swedish. It is a song of passion and turmoil, which can be attributed to the struggles we have due to our heart’s entanglements. This includes love for nature, and struggles in our environment, especially the devastating wildfires and drought in New Mexico.
Fire: Requiem - Requiem was performed as you hear it… Once. Straight through. Raw. I recorded it on my iPhone, hours after learning that my godson had tragically died. This also symbolizes the collective loss and grief we feel, and especially for those who have lost someone they love ...
Water: Nature Meditation - I spend as much time as possible in the infinite source of healing: outdoors. In this way, I appreciate, meditate, heal, and cultivate a sense of wonder and joy in the miraculous world in which we live. Through Nature and creativity we will heal, care for ourselves, and nurture our world.
Water: Out at Sea - Thank you to Lance Bigley, the audio engineer: originally recording and mastering, at Moonlight Recording Studio in 2019. I grew up sailing on Lake Ontario, and this song portrays a journey on the sea, a storm, and a musical rainbow at the end. I dedicated this song to my dad in 2018, and he crossed over to the other shore in 2022. 2020 NMMA Winner in the Ambient Contemporary Instrumental Category. 2021 ISC Semi-Finalist in the Instrumental Category.
By Keely Mackey aka Celloquacious 2022
AWARDS: Three of the songs on this album have a total of four awards. Keely Mackey won the 2020 New Mexico Music Award, in the Ambient Instrumental Category, and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition in the Instrumental Category, for her song, “Out at Sea”. Keely is a double finalist for the 2023 New Mexico Music Awards: Archetype in the World Music category, and Transfiguration in the Ambient/New Age category.
Note: All of these songs were recorded with live looping on Keely’s cello, processed through a Boss ME 70. She creates live layers as she plays, and it is recorded as such. None of the songs were recorded with separate layers and mixed.
Thanks to Travis Hill, at Infaze Mastering, for his skills and care in being the audio engineer: recording, editing and mastering all of the aforementioned songs on my album, into the late hours of Zen.
Photo credit to Keith Langerman for the in-sync album portrait photography.
Thanks to Jorgie Winsberg, President of DeSoto Productions, for manifesting this album in physical form.
Keely Mackey took the rose macro photos on the interior of the album.
©2022 All rights reserved. All songs on this album were composed by Keely Mackey and performed on live looping cello by Keely Mackey. Josh Trujillo is featured playing percussion on Archetype.
Album Release Performance
Keely's Resiliency Residency UETF (Urban Enhancement Trust Fund) Grant, at FUSION Theatre, through the City of Albuquerque, allowed her to record her new album and solo produce and direct her largest performance yet. Celloquacious: I Speak Through My Cello, an album release performance, was held on Friday, August 19th, 2022, at 6 pm.
This avant-garde, interdisciplinary presentation, included guest professional dancers, Carmen Valeria Montes head of Casa Flamenca, aerialists Summer Solon and Laura Cummins, and Yoginis Erin Hansbrough and Marisol Brito. Additionally, Keely's macrophotography visuals and a live fractal projection from Dr. Jonathan Wolfe, President of Fractal Foundation, engaged the full audience throughout the performance. Keely wrote this album as a love letter to Nature in sound form. This was a healing presentation for all involved.
Decades long cellist, composer and interdisciplinary artist, Keely Mackey, emerged as solo artist, Celloquacious in 2019, amplifying and live looping her acoustic cello: originally creating a virtual cello orchestra! Since then, she released an EP, won two music awards, and was accepted to worldwide electroacoustic music festivals. People have described Keely's nature-inspired music as, "healing: simultaneously relaxing and invigorating", "beautifully haunting lush cello-y vibes", and "alluring sounds from antiquity". Uniquely, she holds space for her audience in her performances.
Photo taken during live album release performance Photography Credit: Keith Langerman
CELLOQUACIOUS EP From When the Veil Thins
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This debut EP is a collection of four songs, which were part of a production which Keely wrote the story to, co-produced, composed musical pieces for, and also performed with her group, Delphi Project, that featured professional choreographers and ballet dancers in Albuquerque, NM at Fusion Theatre.
When the Veil Thins tells of the time when the veil between the worlds thin, and so we honor and celebrate our ancestors. Merging traditions from thousands of years ago, originating from the ancient Aztecs (Dia de los Muertos) and the ancient Celts (Samhain, pronounced: Sawh-whin), we come together to remember, honor and celebrate our ancestors, and the collective communion of all people, from the past and present. These musical soul-scapes will simultaneously relax, inspire and transform you!
Keely is currently a 2023 New Mexico Music Award Double Finalist for Archetype in the World Music category, and Transfiguration in the Ambient/New Age category.
Keely was awarded a 2022-2023 UETF (Urban Enhancement Trust Fund) Resiliency Residency Grant through the City of Albuquerque, to work with Fusion Theatre. She recorded her new album, gave macrophotography workshops and classes, and collaborated with dancers for an immersive integrative musical and visual (macrophotography projections) performance.
In 2021, Keely was honored to be a Semi-Finalist for the International Songwriting Competition, for her song, Out at Sea. This is the largest songwriting competition in the world. Of the 22,000 submissions, only 11% were selected to be a 2021 ISC Semi-Finalist.
Click here to listen to, Out at Sea. This song won the 2020 New Mexico Music Award, for the Ambient, Contemporary Instrumental Category. Additionally, Keely was also honored to be invited to perform two of her pieces for the NMMA ceremony, amongst two other musical artist groups. First you will hear the master of ceremony, José Antonio Ponce introduce Keely, and then she will perform Air: Hopeful, and then, the NMMA winner, Water: Out at Sea.
December 17th, 2020: Downtown Gallup Rocks Concert Series. Celloquacious was honored to be selected to perform as part of this music series which was funded by the Mimi and Mortimer Levitt Foundation. The recorded performance was streamed on Facebook, Instagram and on KGLP 91.7 FM on the 19th.
Awards & Grants
2020 New Mexico Music Award (NMMA) in the Ambient Instrumental Category
2021 International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist in the Instrumentalist Category,
for her song, "Out at Sea".
2023 NMMA Double Finalist for Archetype in the World Music category, and Transfiguration in the Ambient/New Age category.
VIDEO/LIVE AMP CONCERT
Archetype by Celloquacious
Composition and Performance
by Keely Mackey aka Celloquacious.
La Resistance by Delphi Project
Composition and Piano Performance
by Elizabeth Garland
Cello Performance by Keely Mackey
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