Cello bound: weekend listening

Art isn’t limited to genres or categories or styles. Sometimes things cross over – and the visual, the auditory, the aesthetic, merge into a creative collision. That’s one way of describing this project by LA-based actress and musician, Kestrin Pantera. Launching the first installation of an ongoing collaborative series with various photographers and musicians, titled “BOUND”, she’s working with different photographers to choose a topic, do a shoot and, depending on what the resulting images inspire, records an audio track to release with the photos.

First up is an installation around cello bondage, made with photographer Andreanna Arambula.

cello bondage kestrin pantera

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula
Kestrin Pantera by Andreanna Arambula

From Pantera:

My relationship with the cello is a constant push-and-pull between freedom and restraint– a trait many classical musicians share. I’ll feel tortured and enslaved; to practice harder, be more precise and disciplined, and then watch my identity disappear into the noble [hollow] label of “cellist.” At which point I’m like, “Bite me, cello. Bite me hard.”

Photographer Andreanna Arambula and I captured the following images to exorcise those tangled sentiments. When I saw the photos, I was inspired to record a classic tune about a girl dominated by her relationship. Of course in my version, she breaks free and chooses rapture over restraint. It is, in the words of my friend Eva, “reduced to the maximum.”

Forthcoming BOUND works will be posted on Pantera’s website so keep an eye out.

For the full cello bondage shoot click on the thumbnails above. Also check out Kestrin Pantera’s haunting cover of Under My Thumb, the recording inspired by the shoot, below.

Under My Thumb BOUND by kestrin

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