Readers, meet Zoe Keating.
I am not a big fan of avant garde music. John Cage sets my teeth on edge. John Coltrane and Theolonius Monk make me want to change the channel. I do like a bit of Philip Glass occasionally, also Steve Reich. but in general I prefer the 17th and 18th century classics.
Then I heard Zoe Keating on Radio Lab. Maybe it is because I find cello music to be orgasmic (figuratively speaking; I'm not THAT weird), maybe it is because her music reminds me of Philip Glass, maybe (probably) it is because she does not completely abandon melodic themes, but I instantly fell in love with her music, so much so that I scurried off to the iTunes store and bought one of her albums, something I do very, very rarely. (Heh. Diagram THAT sentence.)