Portland Cello Project

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, everywhere from Prairie Home Companion, to parties on loading docks in NYC, to symphony halls from coast to coast, to punk rock clubs.. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.

No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 1,000 pieces of music both expected and unexpected to come from 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 works to build bridges across musical communities through collaborations and educational outreach. They have collaborated with a diverse assortment of musicians, from high school and university music programs, to the Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Trampled by Turtles to Corin Tucker to Maya Beiser to Ben Sollee to Zoe Keating to Howe Gelb, just to name a few...


"Before this recent Portland Cello Project concert, I’m not sure that I’d truly realized how important live performances can be in helping you appreciate music." Time Magazine Online

"It doesn't get much more genre-crossing than this," - MTV.com

"This indie orchestra gives classical music a jolt of energy," - Spin Magazine

"PCP has come to epitomize Portland's offbeat music scene, one where boundaries are blurred and cellos are in abundance." - The Strad

"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

"A group of cello-wielding maniacs" - Spacelab Magazine

"An ace group of rotating cellists who take on everything from Britney's "Toxic" to the Dandy Warhols and postmodern Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in their one-off performances" - Entertainment Weekly

Calendar for PCP

News for Portland Cello Project

December 15, 2014

PCP's new album to e.s. is out now! Physical copies available exclusively in our online shop... here!

December 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift!

December 5, 2014

Thanks for all three sold out shows this weekend, Portland and Seattle!

December 1, 2014

Midwest Tour Dates Announced! Info on the calendar!

November 2014

New video for Between the Bars

Watch Portland Cello Project

"Denmark" Written by Gideon Freudmann

"All of The Lights" Written by Kanye West

"A House, A Home" Alialujah Choir featuring Portland Cello Project

"Please Leave a Light On" Featuring Patti King. From the Beck Hansen Song Reader

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"Denmark" by Gideon Freudmann (arr: Freudmann)

"All of the Lights" by Kanye West (arr: Jenkins)

Pictures of Portland Cello Project

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Contact Portland Cello Project

Artistic Direction and Management

Douglas Jenkins
Email: doug@portlandcelloproject.com

Director of Educational Outreach

Diane Chaplin
Email: diane@cellochaplin.com

Booking

Gregg Little
New Frontier Touring
617-232-6152
Email: gregg@newfrontiertouring.com

Publicity

Angie Carlson
Email: angie@propellerpublicity.com