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.
ABOUT PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
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...
2. To play music on the cello you wouldn't
normally hear played on the instrument. Everything from Beethoven to
Arvo PÃ¤rt 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...