Saturday, August 25, 2012

Portland Cello Project @ City Winery 8/22/12

I didn't make it to the Hudson Block Party free show last month, but I saw on that site that they were playing again inside at this venue.  I enjoyed the show a lot.  They were down one cello who just got married.  The other 5 were there and great.  They also had a flute, french horn and drums.  They mainly play covers, fun covers, with a few originals mixed in.  They did the William Tell Overture, Bach, Kanye West, 5 Spot, Caravan, hip hop and heavy metal.  They stretched it a little in the arrangements.  I had a great time and would see them again.

They have so much music, they don't have it all on CDs, and have this "secret" site with free downloads:

I can't seem to find a listing of the personnel, but they were all great.

Since the group's inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.
No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 800 pieces of music you wouldn't normally hear coming out of a cello. The Cello Project's stage setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos), to the all out epic (which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players).
The Cello Project's mission is three-fold:
    1.    To bring the cello to places you wouldn't normally hear it. They've performed everywhere, from touring with heavy metal guitarist Buckethead, to sports bars in Texas, to punk clubs in Boston, to halftime at Portland Trailblazer games, to music festivals focusing on a wide variety of genres, from rock, to folk, to pure classical to... pure noise...
    2.    To play music on the cello you wouldn't normally hear played on the instrument. Everything from Beethoven to Arvo Pärt to instrumental covers of Kanye West and Pantera.
    3.    To build bridges across all musical communities by bringing a diverse assortment of musical collaborators on stage with them. The PCP has collaborated with musicians such as Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Laura Gibson, Thao, Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers), Matt Haimovitz, Dan Bern, among many others...

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