Purple Reign

Contact

Booking: Gregg Little -- New Frontier Touring. gregg@newfrontiertouring.com

Publicity: Angie Carlson -- Propellor Publicity. angie@propellerpublicity.com

Tech: Douglas Jenkins. doug@portlandcelloproject.com (503) 754-4863. Jason Powers. jason@typefoundrystudio.com

Show Description

The Pacific Northwest's premiere alt-classical ensemble turns the evening purple, blending their deep textures with the unique harmonic landscape of the artistic power of Prince. Joined by musicians who have worked with Prince such as Saeeda Wright and Tyrone Hendrix, expect a lively evening of diversely-curated music that influenced or was influenced by The Purple One.

Crafted through the wildly innovative arrangements that have made Cello Project a perennial favorite all over the world, PCP brings Bach to Beck alongside classic Prince tributes all without missing a beat.

Technical Requirements

Stage plot

Input List

The performing rights licensing organization for Prince's catalog is GMR.

Educational Outreach Options

Portland Cello Project provides a wide variety of options to engage K-12 learners as well as audiences of all ages and backgrounds. From musical and non-musical demo/lectures, to master classes and workshops for more advanced musicians, there’s something for everyone. Many Cello Project members have advanced degrees specific to both musical performance and education and some are on staff or have been on staff in public and private K12 schools and at universities. 

Past highlights include workshops and demos suitable for public and private schools and universities, improvisational workshops and classical master classes for all ages/ability levels, numerous adult-beginner cello ensembles that meet regularly in Portland, and a special residency at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center's women's orchestra in Eagle River Alaska.

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In addition to outreach opportunities specific to strings, Tyrone Hendrix, Saeeda Wright, and Farnell Newton are available for drum, vocal, and trumpet workshops respectively.   

Promo Materials

High-Res Photos

Dropbox link to show-specific high-res photos. Subfolder has high-res live performance images.

Photos for Social Campaigns

Dropbox link to smaller-file photos with candid teasers for social campaigns.

Raw Video for Social Campaigns

Dropbox link to short and long-form videos in raw format

Poster

Illustrated Poster Option Coming soon. 

Special guest Bios

Tyrone Hendrix

Tyrone Hendrix at the drum kit.

Tyrone Hendrix is a highly sought after, multi-faceted drummer. He was brought up surrounded by the rich Oakland musical influences of the Hawkins Family, Sheila E, and Tony, Toni, Tone. In 2004 Tyrone relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he expanded his repertoire, adding elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and Americana. Tyrone joined Portland Cello Project in 2017, bringing his strong work-ethic and dedication--bridging worlds of improvisational music with Cello Project’s complex arrangements. He delights audiences with his whimsical drum solos, and his singing of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” from behind the drumkit.

Purple Reign was Tyrone's brainchild--an homage to Prince in all his glory: extravagance, intensity and fun.

Prior to his time in Portland, he’s played alongside music giants such as the incomparable Stevie Wonder, Prince and many others. In addition to PCP, Tyrone currently plays with Alan Stone, Mike Phillips, and the Liv Warfield Experience. Tyrone at the kit Cellists with Tyrone

Saeeda Wright

Saeeda Wright Image

Saeeda Wright is a powerful, talented vocalist who authors stories through lyrics, melody and more. She possesses a deep passion for music with roots in gospel and worship, which began at childhood. Saeeda initially brought her talents to Portland Cello Project singing her own songs, and now joins Purple Reign, with her former Prince bandmate, Tyrone Hendrix elevating the spirit and groove of the PCP Prince repertoire. 

Saeeda’s impressive background includes collaborations with Lalah Hathaway, Mike Phillips, Patrick Lamb, Duffy Bishop, and the Pacific Northwest’s own Prince Protegee, Liv Warfield. She has also opened and performed with gospel music power-houses Jessica Reedy, Cece Winans, Crystal Akin, JJ Harrison and Yvette Williams of the Kurt Carr Singers. She is well-known and respected for her work as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony and has been a regular participant in Portland’s Annual Blues Festival, as well as many other festivals and events.

Saeeda Wright on Stage Saeeda on Stage

JANE

Jane

Raised in a musical, Carribean family, JΛΝΞ found themselves at Berklee with a focus on Music Business and Vocal Performance. JΛΝΞ is compelled by raw expression and authentic healing through performance, fashion and music. Their debut with PCP began with dance party shows, where they lent their voice to upbeat party music, stealing the show. 

JΛΝΞ has collaborated with an array of artists, including: Sassy Black, Natasha Kmeto, India.Arie, Nafisaria, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Chanti Darling, and Maarquii.  JΛΝΞ continues to be a purveyor of culture and a curator for international brands outside of their work with PCP.

Jane downstageJane jumping

Cello Project Presenter Comments

"The Portland Cello Project always does well for us in Seattle. In fact, I think we could add another concert next time through. The band's imaginative set list and arrangements appeal to all walks of life: the casual listener, the adventurous classical folks, hipsters and the 'heads' out there. Patrons continue to ask about them throughout the season." --Scott Giampino. Triple Door and Benaroya Hall

"Doug and the entire PCP crew are always a joy to work with.  Their thoughtful and carefully crafted sets always leave the audience hungry for more.” --Matt King, Talent Buyer for True West Presents. 

“The Portland Cello Project are the most versatile group I have ever booked.  They can go from covering Rihanna at a down-and-dirty dance party in a rock club to performing a Benjamin Britten piece in an ornate 2000 seat theater with ease, while appealing to audiences of all ages.” --Matthew McLean. Monqui Presents

We have had so many wonderful and positive comments on the show. People really enjoyed Kat and the [Cello Project collaborative] work with Momentum Dance Collective.  Really a great night that hit on so many levels. I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make this happen. It was really a special night. --Jason Hodges. Anchorage Concert Association.

Full Stage Panorama

Purple Reign Live Performance Audio

Cello Project Video