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Maya Beiser's Tidal Magazine Interview: ‘Bach is where everything started’

The fearless cellist on Infinite Bach, Bowie’s everlasting influence and the art of recording falling rain.

"The cellist Maya Beiser has built a venerated career out of refusing to stay in the classical music lane. Her 2011 TED Talk “A cello with many voices” has garnered more than a million views. She’s recorded Led Zeppelin (“Kashmir”), Howlin’ Wolf (“Moanin’ at Midnight”) and Pink Floyd (“Wish You Were Here”), not as novelties or asides but as heartfelt repertoire. To hammer that point home, she recorded the entirety of David Bowie’s final opus, Blackstar. Beiser was the founding cellist in the pathbreaking Bang on a Can All-Stars, and has commissioned leading contemporary composers. In 2021, she released an acclaimed recording devoted to the music of Philip Glass."


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