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Zoe Keating

Hot 20 2009: Zoë Keating, Avant-Cellist

Photography by Anön.

It may come as a surprise that classically trained cellist Zoë Keating has 1,029,679 (and counting) subscribers on Twitter and is listed among the top 120 suggested Twitterers to follow—right up there with Martha Stewart, 50 Cent and Britney Spears. With a genre-bending sound she creates by playing a French cello that’s layered and looped using a foot-pedal-controlled MacBook, it’s no wonder this former software engineer turned one-woman orchestra attracts a diverse audience as intrigued by the arts as they are by technology.

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