Something of Life

Jeffrey Zeigler now hands us one of the most intelligently varied, coolly parsed selections this season of music for writerly consideration” Thought Catalog

Something of Life is the debut solo album of cellist, Jeffrey Zeigler on Innova Records. After eight seasons as a member of the Kronos Quartet, Zeigler is forging a new path as a soloist and collaborative artist moving fluidly across style and genre. His recent collaborations include such artists as Andy Akiho, Laurie Anderson, Nora Chipaumire, Hauschka, Vijay Iyer, David Krakauer, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Kimmo Pohjonen and he has given the world premiers of works written for him by Bryce Dessner, Jesse Jones, John King, Glenn Kotche, Gity Razaz and John Zorn.

Something of Life features new works by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche, Felipe Perez Santiago, Paola Prestini, Gity Razaz and John Zorn with special guest performances by Glenn Kotche, Felipe Perez Santiago and Jason Treuting from So Percussion. Something of Life is a sonic exploration of human existence. The journey begins with the discovery of a human being through religion and their questions of faith and belief. The album then continues on a path through fantasy, magic, memories and the cosmos before finally being brought back to earth where one must find resolution with their fate. Shadow Lines by Gity Razaz and Something of Life by Glenn Kotche were commissioned by VisionIntoArt. The album was released in November, 2014 by VIA Records in collaboration with Innova Recordings, accompanied by VisionIntoArt’s video release of Glaub by Felipe Perez Santiago and Listen, Quiet by Paola Prestini. Both of these films are by S. Katy Tucker and were commissioned by VIA.

  • “draws into focus the current state of contemporary classical where the emphasis on flawless and exuberant virtuosity is equally matched by collaboration and curation of contemporary composers.” –I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
  • “With a background like his, few cellists could match the diversity of collaborators that Zeigler has pulled together for this project. Aside from the exceptional playing, the real strength of the album is the writing…Zeigler slashes through this virtuosic performance […] to create an effect of edge and danger. ” –Q2
  • “Jeffrey Zeigler now hands us one of the most intelligently varied, coolly parsed selections this season of music for writerly consideration” –Thought Catalog

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Release Date: November 18, 2014