Cellista’s latest album RAGE debuts as a dance film on October 15th, 2020.
Directed by Cellista. Film edited by Jennifer Gigantino.
RAGE is a politically-charged multi movement dance film and noise album.
The album and film are companion pieces to the philosophical book The Irrelevance of Power.
Raucous, unapologetic, and raw.
RAGE offers a mirror to what passes for reality in these unprecedented times.
San Jose, CA: RAGE is a dance film featuring five different dancers interpreting different musical compositions made in response to a book of anarchistic philosophy.
RAGE is an intensely collaborative work; pairing musicians with dancers, all creating works prompted by Cellista and inspired by philosopher Frank Seeburger’s book The Irrelevance of Power. The seven movement dance film features original choreography from Lauren Baines, Janesta, butoh dancers Ibuki Kuramochi and josie j (divinebrick) and Naomi Le (New Ballet). Its cover art is by renowned graffiti artist Eddie Colla.
The RAGE album features Cellista’s colleagues: Joshua Icban (Fantastic Negrito), Grammy-nominated drummer/producer PC Munoz (pcmunoz.com), electronic artist Dustin Schultz (Skinny Puppy) with soprano Hilary Whitmore, LA noise musician Jess Coble (The Zero Collective), and percussionist Brietta Greger. The recordings were made in isolation during the pandemic at each artist’s respective home and mixed remotely by Maryam Qudus (ilovedoeye.com) and Cellista. The album was mastered by Beau Sorenson.
The RAGE film debuts on facebook on October 15th, 2020 at 7:00pm PDT/8:00pm MT.
facebook.com/cellista.music. It is hosted by Los Angeles-based composer and producer TV-MA and features a live set and interview/Q&A segment following the film premier.
Donations collected during the show benefit SV-Debug (https://www.siliconvalleydebug.org).
The album will be available on cellista.bandcamp.com and all other digital platforms on October 15th, 2020.
Cellista is pushing the envelope further than any of [her peers] when it comes to the inclusion of other artforms in her work – whether it be music, stage performances, showmanship, the art of costumes and makeup, dance, cinematography and artwork. Cellista is a true visionary with the reality she is manifesting inclusive of all artforms and cutting across musical genres from hip hop, avant garde, opera, ambient, minimalism and alternative pop.
SJ Mercury News, Andrew Gilbert:
In a region that prides itself on disrupting the status quo, Cellista is celebrating the legacy of the original disrupters.
Cellista is a classically trained, punk rock spirited girl with the charm and elegance to defy the stereotype that classical music isn’t cool.
The Big Takeover:
…instead of treading the pop standard, she [Cellista] is fusing that classical sound with a punk attitude, and rap. What may raise eyebrows in disbelief, has in fact produced some of the most original and astounding music you are likely to hear…