Magazine article Vegetarian Times

No Strings Attached

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

No Strings Attached

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From performing solos

on film sound tracks to collaborating on multimedia concert pieces including a "cello opera," classically trained cellist Maya Beiser is no stranger to mixing it up musically. Her latest CD, Uncovered, features music more familiar to stadiums than concert halls-think Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana. Along with playing music, she counts being vegetarian as part of her life.

Q Why rock tunes for your new CD?

We often think of the cello as this melancholic instrument. The new record is kind of revolutionary in the approach I take to the sound. It's not about playing rock music on a cello, it's about using the cello to highlight elements in the music that traditional rock instruments do not. It's mining and uncovering other layers.

Q What's it like performing music for a movie sound track?

When I watch a movie, I can't help but listen intently to the music. Music has a powerful effect on us, whether we pay attention to it or not. …

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