Purple Reign

(Photo credit: Jason Quigley. L-R: Douglas Jenkins, Tyrone Hendrix, Sage Coy, Skip vonKuske, Farnell Newton, Kevin Jackson, Saeeda Wright, Damon Boucher, JANE, JP Downer, Diane Chaplin, Lauren McShane.)

Synopsis

Portland Cello Project turns the evening purple, with a show revolving around the artistic power of Prince. The Pacific Northwest's premiere alt-classical ensemble blends their deep textures with the unique harmonic landscape of Prince’s catalog. 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. Bouncing from Bach to Beck, alongside standard tributes to classic Prince songs, all without missing a beat, and all crafted through the wildly innovative arrangements that have made Cello Project a perennial favorite all over the world.

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Special guest Bios:

Saeeda Wright

Saeeda has been seen on stages backing Prince, is a member of his New Power Generation, and is featured with the Tim Snider Trio. Over the last twenty years, Saeeda has had the privilege of working with artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Mike Phillips, Patrick Lamb, Duffy Bishop, and The Pacific Northwest’s own Liv Warfield. Saeeda has also been blessed to grace the stage with, or open for, Gospel Music Power-houses Jessica Reedy, Cece Winans, Crystal Akin, JJ Harrison and Yvette Williams of the Kurt Carr Singers. Some of Saeeda’s studio credits include Prince, Derrick McDuffey and Kingdom Sound, Liv Warfield, and Patrick Lamb, to name a few. She is very 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 that take place in Oregon annually.

Tyrone Hendrix

When Tyrone Hendrix became Portland Cello Project's drummer a few years ago he revolutionized the group, immediately bridging worlds of music together, and even choosing to surprise audience's by, without warning, singing Radiohead's "No Surprises" from behind the drumset as he played. Besides Cello Project, Tyrone currently plays with Alan Stone, Mike Phillips, the Liv Warfield Experience, and has recently graced the stage with the incomparable Stevie Wonder, Prince and many others.


JANE

 
JΛΝΞ is a product of circumstance and answer to the current state of the world. Raised in a musical, Carribean family, JΛΝΞ found themselves at Berkelee with a focus on Music Business and Vocal Performance. Paths have since lead to raw expression and authentic healing as a focus for their work. JΛΝΞ has worked with various artists including Sassy Black, Natasha Kmeto, India.Arie, Nafisaria, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Chanti Darling, and Maarquii all while being a purveyor of culture and curator for international brands. In their spare time they are plant Daddy Supreme and make killer Jamaican food. 

 

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.

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