It’s too late for another article about how “the Portland Cello Project brings classical instrumentation to the masses.” Judging by a slew of collaborations with high-profile Portland musicians, a recent sold-out show at the Doug Fir, and this week’s release of a full-length record, it’s already been brought.
“It’s funny being interviewed now,” the Portland Cello Project (PCP)’s Doug Jenkins tells me, “because we used to get asked, ‘Why the cello?’ Now everyone wants to know, ‘What’s the business plan?'”
In the great big field of contemporary classical music, Portland Cello Project stands stalks above the rest.
So it’s great to announce that their self-titled debut disc is a totally excellent mix of everything from Beethoven to (gulp) Britney Spears (I think Doug Jenkins’ arrangement of Spears’ “Toxic” might yet become legendary), and the Project kicks off the disc’s national distribution with a Friday night gig at the Aladdin Theater (3017 SE Milwaukie) with a boat-load of friends and collaborators like 3 Leg Torso, Loch Lomond and Laura Gibson.
Way to go, PCP!