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 extravaganzas of musical variety. 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 a tour with Buckethead, to sports bars in Texas, to punk clubs in Boston, to halftime at Blazer’s games, to Millennium Park in Chicago.
2. To play music on the cello you wouldn’t normally hear played on the instrument. Everything from Beethoven to Arvo Paert to Rihanna to 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, and Dan Bern.
The Portland Cello Project with opener and collaborator Emily Wells play the Iron Horse in Northampton on Saturday January 8, at 10pm. $10 advance, $12 door. Tickets at NBO. 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.