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Finding San José

by Cellista

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A CONVERSATION AT TRIALS Curated and written by David Perez Creative prompts by Cellista It was the hour where the night is golden, and we were sitting at the pub talking about art and faith, but really just making jokes about moxie. The whole time we were thinking of reasons not to quit, hoping none sounded too convincing. Little is worthy of perfection— the leaf bed of a garden hiding place, sleeping with eyes open, and the resonance of spruce and maple to name a few things. Somehow free beers kept coming: a sovereign and uncomplicated good. Our faces were Christmas red and got redder as we laughed at imagined pick-up lines from American men with Celtic knotwork tattoos. Suddenly the place felt like home, which is to say we felt captive in it. The mahogany slanting inward and the second-hand smoke that moments ago an aging marine held tightly inside him. A beacon in the crowd. Here it seemed okay to hate yourself as long as you did not say so, as long as you chose some pieces to tear and did it quietly. One of us said something (or maybe just thought something) about truths we cannot repeat or un-see. And we played the game where you flip the coaster and catch it, mid air, still talking about trauma and risk and whether feeling whole is a prize in a case or something that breaks the fall when you let go. The marine seemed to be listening. He was famous of course, for his unwanted advances, but the cigarette cloud around him shimmered in an Irish stained glass sort of way. And the openings in the gutters and the black of the alcoves appeared to widen as if making a confession in a language we had forgotten.
The Rip 03:37
Finding San Jose by Frank Seeburger Call it a brute sense of simple animal well-being. Stuck in my memory is one recollection of it, When I was back still going to college, I think. I was riding in my 1959 bug-eyed Austin Healy Sprite With the radio on but the convertible top down, Driving up Evergreen Canyon road one bright morning, And I didn’t have a care in the world. Just then the words of the old song came to me— Simon and Garfunkle singing “Feelin’ Groovy.” And I did, for just that one endless moment. Many years later, I also felt the very same thing Once in Washington, D.C., when you were still a baby, in a carriage. Pushing you along, walking beside your mother, I felt—reminder of the one time past, and herald of any yet to come— That same brute, simple sense of sheer animal well-being again, As if God was in his heaven, and all was right with the world. There have been other times, too, I’ve fleetingly felt the same. The body itself somehow retains the knowledge, it seems, Of how to go back there to that bodily well of animal well-being, If I will just get out of the way and let it lead and guide me there. And that, I think, may really be, at long last, the way to San Jose.
Lament 02:47
Lament by Cellista We gazed ahead and past what was there I saw you, a beacon of light in a crowd We are already here I am confessing This is my home. Captive


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


released September 21, 2016

1. Antes Era Huertos (Song For Tulio) Composed by Cellista.
Cellista, Cello.
2. St. James Park* Inspired by Tamiko Rast’s painting “St. James Park.”
Composed by Cellista.
Cellista, Cello and Field Recordings.
3. A Conversation At Trials* Inspired and dedicated to the arts community of downtown San Jose.Composed by Cellista.
Poem by David Perez. Prompts by Cellista. Cellista, Cello. Emcee Infinite (Carlos Aguirre), Vocal Percussion. Rykarda Parasol, Narrator. Alvin Rivera, Narrator.
4. Interlude I (Mon Voisin) Composed by Cellista. Cellista, Cello.
5. Where Is My Mind? Written by Frank Black Ⓟ1988 4AD.Arranged by Cellista. Cellista, Cello. Emcee Infinite (Carlos Aguirre), Vocal Percussion. 6. Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus (from the Quartet For The End Of Time)Composed by Olivier Messiaen ©Ⓟ Durand & Cie 1942.Cellista, Cello. Naomi Stine, Piano.
7. Interlude II (No Hope) Composed by Cellista.
Cellista, Cello.
8. The Rip* Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley. Arranged for cello and synth by Cellista, based on an arrangement by Lawrence Ngo. Cellista, Cello and Synth. Emcee Infinite (Carlos Aguirre), Vocal Percussion.
9. Interlude III (Barron Landscape) Dedicated to Barron Storey.Composed by Cellista. Cellista, Cello.
10. It Used To Be Orchards Title taken from an unknown artist’s display I stumbled on at San Jose’s Kaleid Art Gallery in 2010.Composed by Cellista. Cellista, Cello.
11. San José (I Know the Way) Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Arranged by Joshua Icban. Lyrics written and performed by DEM ONE (Demone Carter). Performed by the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble. Ilana Thomas, Violin I. Kristina Dutton, Violin II. Christina Owens, Viola. Cellista, Cello. Emcee Infinite (Carlos Aguirre), Vocal Percussion.
12. Fountain Alley Composed by Cellista. Cellista, Cello.
13. Finding San José Poem written by Frank Seeburger. Rykarda Parasol, Piano and Narration. Collaged by Cellista
14. Lament Composed by Cellista. Lyrics written and performed by Cellista. Cellista, Cello.

Produced by Cellista (ASCAP).
*Produced by Cellista and Maryam Qudus (BMI).

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 ,10, and 14 tracked by Cellista for Chez Cellista Studios, San Jose, CA. Track 2 field recordings by Cellista sampled from the Paris Métro Châtelet – Les Halles Line Aand Stalag VIIIA in Görlitz, Germany.Track 3 tracked by Shawn Alpay for Tiny Telephone Recording, San Francisco, CA. Track 6 tracked by Brad K. Dollar (BMI) for Zoo Labs, Oakland, CA. Track 11 tracked by Maryam Qudus for Women’s Audio Mission, San Francisco, CA. Track 13 piano tracked by Shawn Alpay, tiny telephone rotary dial tracked by Beau Sorenson for Tiny Telephone Recording, narration tracked by Rykarda Parasol (BMI).

All tracks mixed by Maryam Qudus, track 6 mixed by Brad K. Dollar, track 10 mixed by Cellista. Mastered by Beau Sorenson.

Cover art by Tulio Flores tulioflores.com
Additional photographs by Cromwell Schubarth.
Graphic Design by Ian Young quietgiantdesign.com
Art Direction by Cellista. Cellista.net
Dedicated to Nicolas Hadacek. Je t’aime.

Instructions For Listening:

●Be alone.
●In a candlelit room, root yourself firmly in the present with eyes wide open.
●Listen all the way through.


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Cellista's penchant for performing music in unconventional spaces, and her devotion to collaborating with artists across mediums has led her to create unique performances that incorporate elements of classical music, improvisation, and visual art.

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