Locally grown Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover has been attached to her instrument since she began playing at the age of ten in her public school music program. She was immersed in the world of classical music until her college years, when she expanded her range to include playing in bands. Once she was introduced to a loop sampler, Gretchen found a new voice for her instrument. She began to improvise and compose in this context, creating her own instrumental atmospheres and melodies. Gretchen’s music in some ways reflects the blend of her cultural identity—a mix of African American and Russian Jewish descent, while European classical tradition and contemporary styles mix in her cello playing. She has two solo albums to date, and will begin recording her new project in September 2016.