Cellista is an American cellist, performance artist & the artistic director of the interdisciplinary performing arts group Juxtapositions. 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 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 with Grammy-nominated artist Tanya Donelly, producer John Vanderslice, Troyboi, Don McLean, Casey Crescenzo, Van Dyke Parks and Pam the Funkstress. She recently joined soprano Carla Canales at Hear Her Song a project that promotes women's voices through the original compositions of female composers. Under the music direction of Kurt Crowley (Broadway's Hamilton), her playing received praise.
She released Transfigurations her sophomore LP and multi-media work on May 31st, 2019 to critical acclaim.
Cellista plays a Luis & Clarke carbon fibre cello and an 1885 Czech cello named Chordelia.