Kirkland Performance Center presents...

Portland Cello Project

  • Saturday, December 21, 2013, 8:00PM
  • Sunday, December 22, 2013, 7:30PM
  • New Booking

All Seats: $30


With special guests Laura Gibson, Howe Gelb, Nancy Ives plus Holiday sweaters - and yes, plenty of CELLO!

Celebrate the Holidays with the unique music mosaic and genre-altering way that Portland Cello Project at Kirkland Performance Center!

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 that punk rock club in the part of town your grandma warns you not to go to after dark. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. From Rach to Rock - and everything in between - it's all here.

No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 800 pieces of music you wouldn't normally hear coming out of 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).

These are serious musicians challenging their instruments and audiences with material that is simply good art, irrespective of the marketing cap that someone decides to place on what they do.

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

About Laura Gibson:

Laura Gibson is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/composer raised in a small Oregon logging town called Coquille. Since the release of 2009's Beasts of Seasons, which NPR called "Nothing Short of a Masterpiece", Gibson has seen her career swell to include everything from modeling in a Japanese fashion magazine, to receiving a standing ovation from an auditorium full of prison inmates, to collaborating with the Oregon Ballet Theater. She has toured on four continents and her music has been featured on commercials in for Volvo and The Oregon Healthcare Exchange, among others. Her songs are both literary and raw, with a love of a traditional folk music and a bent towards experimentation.

About Nancy Ives:

Nancy Ives is the Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony, a position she has held since October 2000. Nancy received her early training on the cello at the influential University of Texas String Project. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas, studying with Ed Laut, where she was also an active composer. Her formal education culminated in both Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in cello performance, studying with Marion Feldman from the Manhattan School of Music where she was on the faculty of the Preparatory Division. Nancy is a past president of the Oregon Cello Society and had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Symphony.

In 2011, performed the Elgar Concerto with Huw Edwards and the Portland Columbia Symphony, a concert that was broadcast on KQAC AllClassical FM. Oregon Music News said of her Elgar, "She played with passion, superbly conveying the feeling of loss that is so prevalent in this piece." Reviews have described her performances as "achingly lovely," and said she "played impressively" and "evoked a deep sense of emotion."

About Howe Gelb:

Howe Gelb is a prominent elder statesman of freewheeling Americana and "Erosion Rock"; a brand of music that like nature itself changes with the elements on a daily basis. Along the way now three decades long, Gelb has traveled many a long and dusty mile.

Gelb road has taken him to combine elements of rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel, avant-garde noise and flamenco gypsy music. Guitar and piano are his weapons of tumult. He sings like a gruff angel, a town crier tapping you on the shoulder, reminding you that the world need not be seen in the conventional ways to which we revert when the world goes blurry. He weaves impressionistic imagery into personal narrative and indulges listeners in expansive observations of the world.

Gene Armstrong, Tucson journalist and premier music writer jots:

"...How do you write about a musician who has spent more than 30 years defying musical conventions? You could trot out all the cliched rock-critic terms: seminal, hyperbole, incendiary, eponymous, masterful, achingly poignant, priceless, alt-country, old-school, outlaw. Some of those might even fit if you shoehorned them into context..."

In his early years there had been comparisons to artists along the paradoxical lines of Neil Young, David Byrne, Bob Dylan and Captain Beefheart, comparisons that all fit clumsily. Nowadays, other artists get compared to Gelb.


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