Since the group's inception in late 2007, 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 900 pieces of music you wouldn't normally hear coming out of a cello.
Portland Cello Project's mission is three-fold:
1. To make your grandma rock out to heavy metal and hip-hop (not). 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.
2. To find efficient ways to guard cellos from spilt beer (surely not). To perform in venues you wouldn't normally hear the cello. They've performed toured with heavy metal guitarist Buckethead; they've played in sports bars in Texas, and punk clubs in Boston; they've entertained at halftime at Portland Trailblazer games; and they've been featured at music festivals focusing on everything from rock, folk, classical and... pure noise...
3. To win the Nobel Peace Prize (really not). To build bridges across all musical communities by working with a diverse assortment of musical collaborators. 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), Blind Pilot, Matt Haimovitz, and Dan Bern, among many others.
"If you could see how crazy everyone around here gets whenever the PCP cello-izes a new hip-hop or pop hit (which is a lot), you'd understand why their Thing is the best Thing going in Portland." -- IFC's Portlandia Blog
"This indie orchestra gives classical music a jolt of energy," -- Spin Magazine
Visit the artist’s website: www.portlandcelloproject.com