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Peformances, Awards, Grants & Media


January  5th: Sunport Serenades Series Performance at Albuquerque International Airport

January 13th: Meditation, Mobiles and Music at North Fourth Art Center. A collaboration with mobile artist, David Estes. Keely moved from Water, Earth, Fire, Air and Ether/Space during this musical meditation while participants gazed upon David's Globular Cluster Icosahedron Mobile.

January 18th-19th: AMP performances with Tibetan Buddhist singer, Yungchen Lhmao (melodious goddess), as a local supporting musician, in Santa Fe at San Miguel Chapel and in Albuquerque at FUSION.

January 20th: Performance with Hills Country Blues musician, Cam Kimbrough at Marble Westside.

February 9th: Featured in February's Albuquerque the Magazine in the Speaking Musically section, written by Mel Minter.

February 16th: Opening Reception from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm at Grey Matter Float Spa in Santa Fe for Keely's Macrophotography Exhibit of water droplets and native pollinators. 

February 18th: MXP Event (Media Experience Project) at Juno, Albuquerque. Keely will perform on her Electric Cello while visuals by Amy Traylor and lasers by John-Mark Collins are projected in sync with her music. 

March: Keely was recognized for a second time in the 2023 ISC (International Songwriting Competition) as a Semi-Finalist for her song, Transfiguration in the Instrumental Category. This is the largest songwriting competition in the world.

March 15th: Healing Music & Cacao Ceremony in Bernalillo, NM with Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin

March 22 - April 6th: Artist Residency Grant: Keely was selected to be one of five artists in Albuquerque's Hear Here Festival presented by Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts, along with the City of Albuquerque's Arts & Culture Department, in Albuquerque, during March and April, at Keshet Center for the Arts. Keely was paired with dancer/choreographer/aerialist, Court Kessler.

April 2nd: Keely is recognized as a Double Finalist for the 2024 NMMA for her unreleased song, Angels, in two categorties: Instrumental Performance and Ambient.

April 4th: "Ether: Eclipse" is released on all streaming platforms.

April 6th: New Works Premiere at Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts with the winners of the Hear Here Festival at 7 pm. Keely and Court will perform their new collaboratory work: I AM YOU. Keely will perform on her 6 string electric cello, and Court will perform on silks.

May 18th: "Angels" is released on all streaming platforms. This song is dedicated to Joshua Chavez, who died from Cancer exactly six months ago. "Angels" was recorded four days after Joshua passed, and the recording was improvised, straight through for 6 1/2 minutes in the recording studio of Travis Hill of Infaze Mastering.

May 19th: New Mexico Music Awards Ceremony: Winner for "Angels" in the Ambient Music Category and Finalist in the Best Instrumental Performance Category. Joshua's mom, Tania Chavez, attended the awards ceremony to honor the memory of her son, Joshua, to whom "Angels" is dedicated.

June 14-19th: Yurt Retreat in Taos with Eli del Puerto. New works will be created during this retreat.

June 21st: Healing Music for the Curanderas at University of New Mexico's Curandurismo Program, led by Eli del Puerto with Celloquacious.

June 23rd: Healing Music Soundbath for the Community with Eli del Puerto in Albuquerque.

July 6th: Tour Kickoff Performance Party with Lyra Muse at GHOST, Santa Fe. Celloquacious will open for Lyra's Album Release performance.


January - June 2023: Resiliency Residency at FUSION continues with UETF grant, which was awarded in February of 2022. Ongoing rehearsals for WoE, with fellow UETF Grant Recipient, Kristine Maltrud.

February 9th: KUNM 89.9 FM Interview and featured songs with Brandon Kennedy on Freeform to discuss my compositions and upcoming performances.

February 10th:  Sunport Serenades at Albuquerque International Sunport. Keely was selected to continue this season, and it will be her sixth performance for this special event.

February 19th: WOE (Walking on Eggshells) a performance art presentation with Kristine Maltrud at Maple Street Dance Studio. Keely will perform sound art based on sound sketches she created, which interact with and emphasize the performance of Kristine, who is CEO of ArtSpark. A reception will follow.

March 5th: WOE (Walking on Eggshells) a performance art presentation with Kristine Maltrud at FUSION @708. Keely will perform sound art based on sound sketches she created, which interact with and emphasize the performance of Kristine, who is CEO of ArtSpark. A reception will follow.

April 7th: ABQ Art Walk at FUSION. Celloquacious will perform at 7 pm. 

April 8th: Currents 826 on Canyon Road, Santa Fe at 2 pm. In this new media gallery, Keely will present: MEDITATIONS: Vehicled Via Electroacoustic Cello and Macrophotography Visuals. 

May 7th: New Mexico Music Awards: Keely is honored to be a Finalist for two of her songs: Transfiguration in the Ambient Category and Archetype in the World Music Category.

May 13th: Osuna Nursery Mother's Day Celebration from 11 am - 1 pm. Keely will perform her original pieces for the public.

June 2nd: ABQ Art Walk at FUSION. Celloquacious will perform at 7:30 pm. 

June 4th: Performance at the Art Cafe, 420 Club in Truth or Consequences, with Lyra Muse.

June 7th: Sandbox Music Series at Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe. Keely Mackey performs as part of the electroacoustic music ensemble, Stitch.

June 20th: Keely produces and performs in the first annual, Summer Solstice Celebration, featuring Fire and Ice Cinematography by Billie Mitchell and Sandbox Music's electroacoustic experimental ensemble, Stitch.

July 7th: Sunport Serenades at Albuquerque International Sunport. Keely was selected to continue this season, and it will be her seventh performance for this special event.


July 14th: Toronto Botanical Gardens. Keely will be performing on her electric cello as part of a healing mini-retreat.

July 18th: St, John's Episcopal Church in Youngstown NY at 6 pm, Keely debuts her electric cello in her hometown, with Canadian performing flute player.

August 24th: Song Diva: A Women's Night of Songs at Thirsty Eye Brewing from 7 pm - 9 pm.

September: Keely is working on composing and recording new songs. She will collaborate with award winning vocalist, Eli del Puerto. Keely will also do video and audio recordings in Albuquerque and in Carrizozo NM at Pino Ranch in a historic jacal with Michael Pino.

September 23: Autumnal Equinox Performance at Flock of Moons. Keely will perform half in the light and half in the dark, while playing half on her electric acoustic cello and half on her electric cello. 

October 14th: "Eclipse" performance in Cerrillos NM, as part of a "Burning Ring of Fire Gathering". Keely will debut her new Eclipse composition, while performing with Eli del Puerto for this event. Visit for RSVP and more information about this gathering.

October 22nd: Bambi and the Wolves Album Release Performance by private invitation. Keely will perform on four of Bambi's songs for this special event.

November 2nd: Live on KUNM 89.9 FM: Day of the DEADication with Eli del Puerto, performing live and interviewing about our upcoming performance of Melodious Ceremonia.

November 3rd: Art Opening at Expo New Mexico, Hispanic Arts Building from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Keely will perform for guests at the Encantada Opening on her electric cello.

November 4th: San Ysidro Church, Corrales: Melodious Ceremonia: Keely and Eli del Puerto will perform in Corrales NM at the historic San Ysidro Church. Doors at 6 pm and performance at 6:30 pm.

December 21: Winter Solstice Celebration in Truth or Consequences NM. 6:30 pm performance.



February 11th: Ceremony for UETF Resiliency Residency Recipients from the City of Albuquerque at City Center. I'm excited to work with Fusion Theater and record my new album, display my macrophotography, do art workshops and put on exciting performances in collaboration with dancers. My greatest hope is that my nature inspired music and art with inspire, comfort and help us heal. I look forward to collaborations locally, nationally, and internationally over the next year and a half.

February 24th: Film Premiere of Sirocco, an extended music video/music film, produced by Delphi Project Productions. Announced by New Mexico Film Office (read article on my Celloquacious Facebook page). Written and produced by M. Elizabeth Garland. Compositions by Elizabeth Garland and Keely Mackey. Principal cast and musician performers: Elizabeth Garland, Keely Mackey, Robb Janov and Danny Manweller. 

February 26th: 2021 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Semi-Finalist for, Out at Sea, in the Instrumental Category. International Songwriting Competition is the largest songwriting competition in the world. There were over 22,000 entries this year, and semi-finalists make up only 11% of all entries, so this is a remarkable achievement.

April 29th: Sunport Serenades. This is my third invitation in the Sunport Serenade series of performing at the Albuquerque International Sunport. 

May 1st: May Day Cello and Yoga with Erin Hansbrough. This is my first UETF performance at FUSION. Come and join us for a yoga experience complimented with my live music, including my Nature Meditation, Bee Meditation and songs form my EP: From When the Veil Thins. 

May 7th: Conservation Carnivale Science Circus: Introduction to Marcro Photography Workshop: Seeing Worlds Within Worlds. Located at Bachechi Open Space from 9 am to Noon to educate people, using science, about protecting and caring for our environment. 

May 14th and 15th: Macrophotography Classes in the morning. As part of the UETF Resiliency Residency, I gave two macrophotography classes for adults at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. Participants were able to use the macro lenses, which magnified 15-20 times. I acquired these lenses as part of the UETF Resiliency Residency.

June - August: Summer Sundays Market at FUSION: Keely participated in this community event, as part of her Resiliency Residency at FUSION. Keely did macrophotography introduction workshops for the public during this time. AMP Concerts supported musicians onstage, and there were local artists, makers and vintage vendors. 

June has been devoted to recording my new album, as part of bringing my proposal to fruition for the City of Albuquerque UETF Resiliency Residency Grant, which I was awarded. I am also recording and collaborating with other musicians in June. Additionally, I am hired for several private performances.

July 13th: Professional Photoshoot by Keith Langerman, for upcoming album release.

July 15th: Filming by Sopapilla Productions for a documentary for the City of Albuquerque's UETF Resiliency Residency. Ten recipients were selected for this film of 100 who were awarded this grant, and Keely, aka Celloquacious was selected for a mini-documentary of her work in this Residency.

July16th: Cello Fest: My own cello studio of students will participate and perform solos, duets, and a double quartet of cellos from a variety of classical and modern repertoire.

August 13th: High Desert Screening Albuquerque: 2022 recognition for Official Selection (Music Video) of La Resistance by Delphi Project: Elizabeth Garland, composer and keys, and Keely Mackey, cello.

August 19th: Album Release Performance at 6 pm at Fusion Forum Theatre. An album release party like you've never seen before, including live featured performances from dancers, and multimedia visuals of Keelys' macrophotography.

August 20th - 21st: Pirate Viking Summer Bash: a festival put on by NM Renaissance Celtic Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park. Celloquacious will perform on the Viking Stage both days. Keely was recovering from Covid so attendance at this event was regretfully, not possible.

September - October: Keely will be directing and rehearsing with her Delphi Project partner, Elizabeth Garland, for their second annual production of When the Veil Thins, which includes multiple musicians and performers. Keely is also collaborating with other productions and teaching ongoing macrophotography classes.

October 1st: Private Event: Wedding

October 7th: Private Event: Funeral

October 28th: Sunport Serenedes: Keely was selected to be part of this series again this year at the Albuquerque International Airport. 

November 4th, 2022: KRQE News 13 morning news with Delphi Project talking about our show: When the Veil Thins.

November 5th, 2022: When the Veil Thins will be performed with Delphi Project at South Broadway Cultural Center at 7 pm.

December 3rd at 7 pm: MXP Holiday Launch Party at FUSION as part of a non-profit arts program: MXP (Media Experience Project). Celloquacious performance segment with visuals.

December 10th, 2022: Delphi Project Award Winning Composers Performance at San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe at 2 pm.

December 28th. 2022: Solo Celloquacious Performance at St. John's Church in Youngstown NY at 6 pm.


NYCEMF 2021 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival: In a virtual collaboration with Iran based electroacoustic composer and musician, Madyar Ghazinejad, Keely is featured in the collaborative music piece, Debris of a Colorful Dream. The special video presentation may be viewed on the Celloquacious YouTube Channel. All video footage was created by Keely, and Madyar produced the final video presentation for this virtual festival. We are honored to be selected to be a part of the world's largest electroacoustic music festival.

May 22, 2021 AMP Concerts, "Emerging from the Pandemic" Concert Series : Celloquacious headlines with Robb Janov (Electraloop Violin) opening in Old Town Albuquerque, at Casa Flamenca. SOLD OUT

June 20th Released "Danny Boy/Londonderry Aire" Music and History video on my Celloquacious YouTube Channel.

July 25, August 1st, August 8th: Bee Time Yoga Classes at Bhava Yoga with Celloquacious and Marisol Brito. I play my original music compositions inspired by nature and debut, "Bee Meditation Song". We're helping raise awareness and money for the local nonprofit organization, "Think Like a Bee." A representative from their organization presents educational perspective and local native wildflower seeds are given as a gift.

July 25th: New Mexico Music Award Ceremony Live: I was invited back to be recognized to winning a NMMA in 2020, when we were not able to gather in person. It was a pleasure and honor to be recognized, and to be a part of this live event.

August 21st: Sunport Serenedes Celloquacious was selected to perform for the live music series at the Albuquerque Sunport, International Airport. 

August 28th: Celloquacious at Pirate Summer Bash, presented by NM Renaissance and Celtic Festival Nonprofit Organization

October 4th: Music Monday New Mexico: 45 minute Celloquacious performance and 15 minute interview. Recorded at Studio 519 in Albuquerque. D'Santi Nava, a NM Music Commissioner, started this project.

October 17th: Recording at AbqPost with Delphi Project, recording for an exciting film project with my group!

November 4th: KRQE News 13 Interview of Keely Mackey aka Celloquacious is published. You can view it on my Celloquacious Facebook page.

November 6th-7th: Filming for a Delphi Music Production film in the Foothills and at Fusion Theater with Elizabeth Garland (producer, composer, pianist), Robb Janov (violin), Danny Maneller (drums). Note: Elizabeth was awarded first place for this four suite and piece film project, PRECIPICE at the Golden Key Composition Competition in Vienna, Austria. So honored to be part of this project!

November 12th: Sunport Serenedes Celloquacious was selected to perform for the live music series at the Albuquerque Sunport, International Airport. 

December 10th: Filming at Studio 519 for the Film with Elizabeth Garland and Delphi Music Production. Sirocco.


February 2, 2020: Laudato Si' Retreat Series for Climate Justice: Keely Mackey performing adapted compositions by Hildegard and her own original Celloquacious compositions on electro acoustic cello

February 28th: Intimate Premiere House Concert:Delphi Project will perform a few of their favorite original compositions in an intimate setting. Elizabeth Capra will perform on grand piano, and Keely Mackey will play electro acoustic cello with looping, and unplugged. They will each premiere two of their own new compositions.

Note that there were cancelled events and alternate virtual events due to pandemic: 

March 15th: Celloquacious Livestream Concert on Facebook in a Time of Social Distancing.

March 27th TurnUp Multimedia Festival, Tucson, AZ. This ended up being virtual due to the lockdown. My pieces, Endeavor I and II, were featured, along with Elizabeth Capra's piece, La Resistance.

April 7th: Celloquacious Digital EP Release Party of "From: When the Veil Thins" 

These songs were performed in Delphi Project's Debut Performance, "When the Veil Thins", with choreographed professional ballet dancers. See information on bottom of page about this avant-garde performance. The fourth track, "Out at Sea" is a finalist in the NMMA (New Mexico Music Awards) in the Ambient, Contemporary Instrumental Category.

April 21st: New Mexico Interfaith Power in Light, Earth Day Prayer Ceremony: Celloquacious, aka Keely Mackey, contributed musical component of this celebration. She performed her piece "Out as Sea" to embrace the water element focus of this Earth Day Ceremony.

April 26th: Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Kappa Virtual National Conference, Washington, DC. A truly great organization, supporting musicians and composers. Delphi Project (Elizabeth Capra and Keely Mackey were interviewed and our music video of "The Witches" was premiered.

May 13th: New Digital Compilation LP Release: "Accidental Counterpoint in the Time of Social Distancing", byThe Unheard Ensemble. 100% of charitable contributions go to musician's relief fund. Celloquacious performed on tracks 1 and 11. This was organized, compiled and mastered by Justin H. Brierley in Santa Fe. 

June 28th: Bhava Yoga and Celloquacious Live Cello and Yoga: All Proceeds benefit POC Sangha. We raised hundreds of dollars for this charity fundraiser! This yoga and cello collaboration was live streamed through Facebook.

August 16th: New Mexico Music Awards Ceremony: Keely Mackey aka Celloquacious was invited to perform two pieces, which were live video recorded and aired during the NMMA ceremony. Keely won the award in the Ambient, Contemporary Instrumental category, for her song, Out at Sea. Elizabeth Capra's piece (Delphi Project) La Resistance, was a finalist in this category.

October 22nd: Nature Meditation I (with Marisol Brito leading yoga): was released as part of a nationwide livestream benefit event, to support domestic violence survivors.

December 17th: 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. 

December 22nd: New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light: Wandering in Darkness Solstice Celebration. I created a video for this virtual event. This video that I produced of my piece, Endeavor, can be viewed on my Celloquacious YouTube channel.

December 31st: Fusion Forum Theater's NYE Virtual Celebration: Delphi Project's piece, La Resistance.

All events BELOW were postponed/cancelled due to Pandemic


March 26-28, 2020: TURN UP Multimedia Festival Performing "Crossing the Threshold" at the at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. This was a competitive process, with about 10% of proposals selected.Keely and Elizabeth have each had their own individual music compositions accepted to be performed in conjunction with architect, Michelle Negrette  for a collaborative visual art and compositional piece, entitled: "Crossing the Threshold" at the TURN UP Multimedia Festival at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music.


April 1: Yoga Retreat Celloquacious Soundbath in Sandy, Utah

April 16-17: Southwest Looping Festival in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM

April 26: Earth Day Prayer Festival: NM Interfaith (went virtual, see above)

May 2: New Mexico Composer's Showcase

June: LOVE: A Musical Multi-Media Performance


May 16th: New Mexico Composer's Showcase: Performed at Keshet Center for the Arts, Albuquerque, NM, Elizabeth Capra founded and directed this event. Elizabeth performed her composed solo: "Fallen" and with Delphi Project Quartet, "Runaway". Keely Mackey performed with Delphi Project and premiered her solo composition for solo looping electro acoustic cello, "Out at Sea" with professional ballet dancers and choreographers: Emma Heuertz and Christopher Bornet.

May 2019: Hear Here Festival: Ballet "Hide and Seek", at Keshet Center for the Arts, Albuquerque, NM, composed by Elizabeth Capra and choreographed by Romy Keegan. Keely Mackey performed on cello and looping electro acoustic cello, with Elizabeth Capra on piano.

June 5, 2019: Yoga Soundbath at Indi Yoga, Albuquerque, NM, for Erin Hansbrough's class. On her looping cello, Keely (was) "creating a sound bath that is at once haunting, atmospheric and just deeply beautiful", Erin Hansbrough, owner, Indi Yoga.  


July 11, 2019: Concert by Former Local Composers: Keely Mackey, Cello and Max Buckholtz, violin at St. John's Episcopal Church, Youngstown, NY. Keely performed eight of her original compositions for solo looping electro acoustic cello, and performed her "looping cello orchestra" arrangement of "La Folia" in conjunction with Max, who performed his own variations on the theme. Max performed a segment of his "Journey West" program, and afterward, they joined to perform Mother and Child, a composition for violin and cello by Elizabeth Capra. 


August 7, 2019: World Composer's Recital: at Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Austria. Delphi Project Quartet (Elizabeth Capra, piano and Keely Mackey, cello) performed the composition "Runaway", by Elizabeth Capra, which placed in the professional piano composition competition. 

August 20, 2019: Women of Glimmer: Women's Summit, Albuquerque, NM, Keely performed three of her original looping cello compositions, as part of the opening ceremonies for women's healing and empowerment. 

September 25, 2019: When the Veil Thins, at Fusion Forum Theatre, Albuquerque, NM, by Delphi Project and guests. Three composer musicians: Elizabeth Capra on piano, Keely Mackey on looping cello, and Robb Janov on electra loop violin, along with six professional ballet dancers and two choreographers, tell a story, written by Keely Mackey, through avant garde music, dance and performance art. (See details at bottom)

November 6, 2019: Celloquacious Concert, sponsored by AMP (Albuquerque Music Productions) Concerts and Friends of the Public Library at Albuquerque Main Library.

November 18th, 2019: NM Interfaith Labyrinth Walk, Retreat for Environmental Justice, St. Therese, Albuquerque, NM. Keely played three of her original compositions, emphasizing the elements of fire, water and air, to compliment the labyrinth walk. "Your part was perfect . . . people talked about how profound it was too have your music as part of the prayer and reflection.", Joan Brown, Executive Director, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light (NMIPL).

November 20, 2019: Delphi Project Concertsponsored by AMP (Albuquerque Music Productions) Concerts and Friends of the Public Library at Los Griegos Library.

December 7, 2019: Women's Empowerment Conference: Broken but Beautifully Made. Keely performed three of her original looping cello compositions, as part of the opening ceremonies for women's empowerment. 

December 12, 2019: Innovative New Music Series: Two Looping Cellos and a Piano, (Celloquacious, Delphi Project and Third Seven) at LittleGlobe, Santa Fe, NM. Sponsored by Earwaves Productions Presents, as part of their Innovative New Music Series.

Delphi Project's debut performance: “When the Veil Thins”, successfully premiered on October 25, 2019 at Fusion Forum Theatre, in Downtown Albuquerque. Within this avant-garde performance, a story is told through music and movement, so that the audience may participate to create their own experience.  At this time of year, we seek connection with our ancestral past, and with our Earth at harvest. The show was developed so that we may all remember, honor and keep our ancestors alive. The conceptiual framework and story of, "When the Veil Thins" was created by Keely Mackey, and the musical order by Elizabeth Capra. A live altar is built, as we move through the four elements to achieve balance.


This story was conceived of and written by Keely Mackey, who also gave direction to the choreographers. She performed on cello (and electroacoustic looping cello) five of her original pieces, along with duets and trios that Elizabeth wrote.


Delphi Project partner, pianist and composer, Elizabeth Capra, placed the musical compositions (within Keely's elements structure of earth, air, fire, and water) and she composed seven of the pieces which were performed.

Robb Janov, joined on violin and Electraloop with three of his original pieces, along with joining the trio.

This story was told through music and dance, in conjunction with two choreographers: Katie Marshall (KJAM Studio Owner) and Ana Lopes Arechiga (Keshet), and five professional ballet dancers: Katie Marshall (KJAM Studio) Jordan Slocum, Antionette Segura and Joe Nava (Festival Ballet Albuquerque) and Kaitlin Innis (Keshet). Flavors of Jazz, Classical Ballet, Modern and even Flamenco are presented in a seamless collaboroation of movement, producing innovative choreography that transcends the Neoclassical undercurrent of the theme. Connection between the dances in collaboration with live music produces powerful images honoring our ancestral history.


Due to the outstanding positive response from our audience, this will become an annual event. As people were leaving this event, people were heard exclaiming, "I loved it! It was so unique and moving! I felt like my parents were with me, comforting me throughout the performance". We hope that you will join us for our annual performance, so that you can experience the moving comfort of this avant-garde adventure.

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