The Cedar and Classical MPR present
PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT performs Radiohead, Coltrane, and Bach
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show
This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
For this performance at The Cedar, Portland’s premiere alt-classical group brings a tight, improvised ensemble (including Tyrone Hendrix (Prince, Stevie Wonder) on drums and Farnell Newton (Aretha Franklin, Bootsie Collins) on trumpet) to perform a night of truly unique musical exploration. Expect an evening of unique renditions of classical Radiohead pieces that wander from truly epic to breathtakingly intimate, contrasted with the classical music of Bach and improvised forms of Coltrane. Expect deep layers of sonic ecstasy in this program as the group journeys throughout the Western Classical Tradition.
In the fall of 2006 a group of 9 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting.
Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.
But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, cellists joined and left and rejoined the group again, to perform in Portland's most popular clubs. By 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally-recognized performing, recording and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists. Cello Project (or PCP as their fans affectionately call them) were quickly appearing anywhere and everywhere in North America, from punk rock clubs to symphony halls, from street parties to exclusive private events. By 2010 self-described horde of cellos were spending more than a quarter of the year touring, featuring a diverse repertoire that quickly ballooned to over 1,000 pieces of music.
Under the artistic direction of Douglas Jenkins, the group grew and evolved, working with an all-star group of cellists in the Pacific Northwest (Skip vonKuske, Diane Chaplin, Nancy Ives, Gideon Freudmann, Kevin Jackson, to name just a few...). The group developed a three-part philosophy that has mostly remained unchanged over the years:
To bring the cello places you wouldn't normally see it (from wild dance parties, to formal symphony halls, to street parties, to Millennium Park in Chicago...).
To perform music on the cello you wouldn't normally associate with the instrument alongside music from the Western Classical Tradition (from Pantera to Taylor Swift to Kanye West to Elliott Smith, alongside Bach, Rossini, and Saint-Saens, to name just a few...).
To build bridges between different musical communities through educational, community outreach, and through collaboration with myriad artists, from The Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Ural Thomas to Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) to Jolie Holland to Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), among many others, and cellists such as Ben Sollee, Maya Beiser and Zoe Keating.