Matthew Schoening has been a musician forever, being raised in San Francisco by parents who are both musicians themselves. Matthew started playing cello in middle school and has set it aside and picked it up again numerous times through his 27 years bringing him to his current relationship with his musical skills.
Solo Electric Cello is his first album released in 2007 that has him playing an electric cello while "looping, layering and arranging". I am not a musician so can't speak to what any of that means. But I do know when something sounds hauntingly beautiful....and his music does. For me it feels very mystical: succeeding at being contemporary and ancient at the same time.
Having this playing inside my head is like being transported to a far away land and is a gift I give myself when I need to get away!!
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