Maya Beiser is a classically trained cellist, but nobody with even a slight acquaintance with classical music would ever mistake her performance for a traditional one. Beiser attacks the cello the way Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Kobain, and Jimmy Page attacked the guitar--with attitude, playfulness, and rock-and-roll showmanship. The Israeli-born cellist has sought in part to re-create pieces from the classical repertoire rather than reproduce them note-for-note to conform to traditional ideas of how they should sound. Her concerts often include video projections, spoken-word poetry, prerecorded cello music, and elements of rock, electronica, minimalism, and Middle Eastern music.
Read the rest of Current Biography Magazine's feature here.
Maya Beiser performs at LPR tonight! Doors for show are at 6:30pm, and there are still tickets available. Get them here.