Cellista® is an American cellist, interdisciplinary artist & artistic director. She is known for her collaborations with artists across various media, as well self-producing stage poems (live performances staged in unconventional spaces that incorporate elements of classical music, theater, improvisation and visual art across a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and more). These performances often feature a carbon fiber cello and loop station.
Her interdisciplinary exhibit The End of Time which premiered alongside internationally renowned visual artist Barron Storey’s solo exhibit Quartet at Anno Domini art gallery in downtown San Jose with her chamber music collective the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble. The End of Time received critical acclaim. The dual exhibition, created in tribute to French composer Olivier Messiaen’s seminal chamber work The Quartet for the End of Time, received mention in Juxtapoz Magazine.
A noted session musician for both recording and live performance, Cellista has worked and toured with Grammy-nominated artist Tanya Donelly, producer John Vanderslice, Troyboi, Don McLean, Casey Crescenzo, Van Dyke Parks and Pam the Funktress.
Cellista is a 2014 Belle Foundation grantee. She is also a Nagel's Scholarship recipient. For her work with Messiaen's Quartet she received the Otey Award for research writing from San Francisco State University where she attended graduate school, studying for her MM in cello performance with Alexander Walsh-Wilson of the Alexander String Quartet. She has presented her musicology research at the University of Calgary's Confounding Expections graduate musicology symposium as well as at the University of Nevada-Reno.
She is documentary film subject for the experimental short Cellista directed by filmmaker Brian Favorite. Narrated by Rykarda Parasol the documentary/fairy-tale hybrid premiered at the Bernal Heights Film Festival and at Diamond in the Rough Film Festival in San Jose.
Cellista's debut full-length album Finding San Jose engineered by Maryam Qudus (Doe Eye) was released in Fall of 2016. Of the album, she remarked "Most especially, this is an offering to the artists of San Jose. I owe San Jose my creative life. I see the town going through a period of rapid growth and development, and I would like to offer this album to my community in dedication of a time when San Jose used to be orchards." The album and its subsequent release as the soundtrack for an interdisciplinary ballet directed and produced by Cellista received favorable reviews.
She is currently working on a forthcoming stage poem. Transfigurations is multi-media work that includes dance, literature, original classical compositions, and noise and sound textures. Its premier movement Wants debuted in February of 2017. Wants was featured on KQED Arts 100 Days of Art.
Cellista studies with cellist Jennifer Culp (formerly of Kronos Quartet). She plays a Luis & Clarke carbon fibre cello and an 1885 Czech cello named Chordelia.