Cellist Zoe Keating in a redwood grove near Occidental, Calif.
Credit Jerry Dodrill
Zoe Keating's latest album is titled Into the Trees, and that's exactly where I have to go to meet her. She lives in the middle of a redwood forest, an hour and a half north of San Francisco. As Keating walks me around, we listen for her neighbors, the woodpeckers, who she says are extra-noisy in the evening.
It's fitting to find Keating in the middle of all this natural noise. In her studio, she creates a similar symphony of sounds, except she does it with just one instrument: her cello.
Japan faces a dilemma: the country lacks natural resources and relies heavily on nuclear power. But in the wake of the nuclear accident in March, 70 percent of Japanese now say they want to phase out atomic energy.
It's a huge, long-term challenge. Even backers of renewable energy say it could take two generations for Japan to become nuclear free.
But Japan was taking action even before the accident at the Fukushima power plant on the country's northeast coast.