The Portland Cello Project is a huge ensemble including a horde of cellos, some element of winds, full rhythm section of drums and bass, and guest vocalists. From The Dandy Warhols to Zoe Keating and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Portland Cello Project has collaborated with a variety of elite performers as they brilliantly crisscross genres, instilling classical music through unexpected arrangements.
The project hits Tacoma’s Rialto Theater on Saturday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. This concert highlights the entirety of Radiohead’s chart-topping album “OK Computer,” with each song carefully arranged: some instrumental, some with vocals; some whisper quiet, and others on as large a scale as possible. Portland Cello Project has been performing this repertoire for the last five years, constantly evolving and maturing their arrangements.
The Portland Cello Project’s mission is 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 Millennium Park in Chicago.
The project also aims to play music on the cello you wouldn’t normally hear played on the instrument: everything from Beethoven to instrumental covers of Kanye West and Pantera.
Finally, the Portland Cello Project seeks 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 Yarrow, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Laura Gibson, Thao, Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers), Matt Haimovitz, Dan Bern, among many others.
Tickets: $29, $39, $49. For more information, visit www.tacomaartslive.org.