Mostly cello

Zoë has performed and recorded around the world as soloist and with contemporary music ensemble, rock, pop, folk, jazz, improvisation, electronica and multi-media artists, premiering many works written for her throughout her career.

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Recent/upcomong projects include solo recital at Wigmore Hall in ongoing cello/electronics collaboration with Cato Langnes at NOTAM studios in Oslo; recital of her own music and contemporary British composers at Oviedo Festival, Spain; improvisation recordings with electronics at IRCAM in Paris for Ruhrtriennale Festival in Essen, dance theatre piece by Richard Siegal; Lost in Thought by Rolf Hind at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg; concerts with Steve Reich and Colin Currie Group in Tokyo; Revue Z performances at festivals in Spain, Iceland, Denmark, Aldeburgh, Plush.

CBRW7WKXIAArD1yContemporary music ensembles include-: London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Composers’ Ensemble, New Music Players, Lontano, Ixion, Exposé, Gemini, Capricorn, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

Rock, pop, folk, jazz, improvisation, electronica, multi-media includes:- Radiohead, Super Furry Animals, Travis, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol, Katie Melua, Terry Hall, Ravi Shankar, Grace Jones, Marc Ribot & Ceramic Dog, Plaid, Butch Morris (LMC Skyscraper tour), Homemade Orchestra, Dagmar Krause, Modified Toy Orchestra.

She played in the Concert for George a celebration of the life of George Harrison, with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar and friends.

Worked with Mira Calix on an improvised score for the British Film Institute’s 2012 premiere of digitally remastered 1925 Hitchcock film “Champagne”.

Composer/performer collaborations with dance/choreographer Antonia Franceschi and Ballet Black.

Solo cello and live electronics/video pieces written for her include the world premieres:

'Yellow' by Anna Meredith
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Live improv with electronica duo Plaid

Plaid & Zoe Martlew @ Faster than Sound 2007
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Anna Meredith:
Hexed

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Colin Riley: concerto for cello and live electronics with orchestra
Sinfonia Viva, Corby.

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Brian Lock: sonata for cello and mixing desk from the album “Reve”.
1st performance St Luke’s, Old St, London

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John Palmer:
Beyond the Bridge. Sargasso label.

Further world premieres of solo cello pieces include:

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Steven McNeff:
Cello Sonata. Pianist Huw Watkins.

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Ken Hesketh:
Das Hangende Figur ist Judas

Arlene Sierra: After Mantegna

Excerpts from Zoë’s critically acclaimed recital series Series Z at The Warehouse, London, with pianist Huw Watkins:

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Elliott Carter:
Cello sonata

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Galina Ustvolskaya:
Grand Duo

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Alexander Goehr:
Cello and Piano sonata

‘…sparks of electricity. Martlew drew from a deep well of expressive intensity…A shimmering performance…uncommon sensitivity.’ THE STRAD

‘…the richest and longest sustained pizzicato notes I have ever heard from a cello…Martlew has now acquired a sound to die for. Many times during the evening the music seemed to pause a moment for her cello to throw out just such sounds whose path through time and space the avid ear would trace to the last phonon.’ SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL

 ‘…Martlew realized this terrifyingly bleak work in a performance that sent us reeling numb into the interval.’ THE TIMES

 ‘Another discovery was cellist Zoe Martlew: wonderful technique coupled with expressiveness and clear understanding of the problems and new beauties of this music.’   LUZERNER ZEITUNG

Zoë’s piece for the Primrose Piano Quartet, Variation Z: Hame was commissioned as part of their Burns Air project 2010 and has had multiple performances since its premiere at Kings Place, London. It is recorded for Meridian records: excerpt

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