Portland Cello Project Performing Radiohead's OK Computer

Presented by Maryland Hall
Friday October 19 | 7:30 pm
$45 Regular / $40 MHCA Member


Portland Cello Project Performs Radiohead's OK Computer

In a way, the artistic destinies of the equally unorthodox “OK Computer” and Portland Cello Project were meant to coincide. They will do so on October 19 when the Portland Cello Project appears at Maryland Hall for what is expected to be a thrilling performance of the album Rolling Stone called “stunning art-rock tour de force."

In this performance, expect to hear some of the best Radiohead songs performed by a group of classically trained cellists. The group has built a reputation of mixing genres, blurring musical lines and unveiling perceptions wherever they go. Portland's premiere alt-classical group performs a night in homage to Radiohead's famed OK Computer album. Expect an evening of unique renditions of classical Radiohead pieces that wander from truly epic to breathtakingly intimate.

About Portland Cell Project:

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 vonKuskeDiane ChaplinNancy IvesGideon FreudmannKevin 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 BachRossini, 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 Thomasto Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) to Jolie Holland to Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), among many others, and cellists such as Ben SolleeMaya Beiser and Zoe Keating.

Learn more on The Portland Cell Project's website.



Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30 pm Purchase