Portland Cello Project  Homage (2012)

 Portland Cello Project — Homage (2012)

Portland Cello Project Homage
◊  Portland Cello Project's Homage is a record of orchestral instruments and thundering percussion paying instrumental homage to some of their favorite composers, from Osvaldo Golijov, to Talib Kweli, to Jay-Z.
Since: October 2006
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Album release: April 22/July 9, 2012
Record Label: Jealous Butcher — JB 097 / CD Baby
Format: Vinyl, 12", Limited Edition, CD
Duration:     32:50
Tracks:
1. She Will      (5:23)
2. That's My Bitch      (3:19)
3. Canon On A Lollipopalicious Theme      (4:52)
4. Hey Ya!      (3:09)
5. H*a*m (Kanye West & Jay-Z)       (4:55)
6. Fugue On A Monstrous Theme      (1:40)
7. Get By      (3:30)
8. Lúa Descolorida      (6:02)
Members:
◊  The group has a revolving cast, depending on who is available for performances and touring. Performing members include or have included: Justin Kagan, Skip vonKuske, Gideon Freudmann (cellist), Anna Fritz, Allegra M, Sonja Myklebust, Galen Cohen, Kevin Jackson (cellist), Douglas Jenkins, Ashia Grzesik, Samantha Kushnick, Robert Brooks, Brian Bruner, Emma Wood, Collin Oldham, Melissa Bach, Sarah Young, Tony Rogers (cellist), Heather Broderick, Jessie Dettwiler, Erin Winemiller, Jenette Mackie, and Noah Seitz.
◊  Increasingly the group incorporates other instruments as part of their regular line up. Their regular percussionist is Matthew Berger, along with guest percussionists John Vecchiarrelli and Rachel Blumberg. Brass and Woodwind players have included: John Whaley, Jen Harrison, Teagen Andrews, Jourdan Paul, Jill Coykendall, Leander Star, and Elise Blatchford.
Website: https://www.portlandcelloproject.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/celloproject
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/portlandcelloproject
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Portland_Cello_Project
Description:
◊  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.
◊  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).
The Cello Project's mission is three-fold:
1: To bring the cello to places you wouldn't normally hear it. (Everywhere from nightclubs to symphony halls, from sports bars to loading docks, from libraries to halftime at Portland Trailblazers games...)
2: To play music on the cello you wouldn't normally hear played on the instrument. (Everything from Bach to Kanye to Pantera...)
3: To build bridges across all musical communities by bringing a diverse assortment of musical collaborators on stage with them. (Everyone from the Dandy Warhols to Peter Yarrow to Ben Sollee to Mirah to Garrison Keillor...)
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Editorial Reviews:
◊  The Portland Cello Project continue to take the cello to new musical landscapes with Homage. The record pays unique homage to everyone from contemporary Hip Hop artists, to contemporary classical composers, and even baroque styles of music, in every mixture imaginable. Features cover versions of Lil' Wayne's "She Will", Talib Kweil's "Get By" and national hero, Kayne West's "Monster"
In french:
◊  Ce que propose ce groupe de violoncellistes de Portland est tout simplement superbe. ◊  Recommandé!
VINYL:
Tracklist:
A1  She Will Written-By – Graham*, Carter*, Williams*  5:21  
A2  That's My Bitch Written-By – Byrd*, Brown*, Bhasker*, Vernon*, Fareed*, West*, Lenihoft*, Carter*  3:08  
A3  Canon On A Lollipopalicious Theme Written By – Jenkins
Written-By – Harrison*, Carter*, Scheffer*, Zomar*, Garrett*  4:49  
A4  All Of The Lights Written-By – Bhasker*, West*, Jones*, Mescudi*, Ferguson*, Trotter*   
B1  H*A*M Written-By – West*, Lewis*, Dean*, Carter*  4:55  
B2  Hey Ya! Written-By – Benjamin*  3:08  
B3  Fugue On A Monstrous Theme Written-By – Bhasker*, Vernon*, West*, Minaj*, Ross*, Carter*
Writtenby – Jenkins*  1:37  
B4  Get By Written-By – West*, Simone*, Greene*  3:27  
B5  Lua Descolorida Written-By – Golijov*  6:00 
Credits:
◊  Arranged By – Jenkins*
Notes:
◊  Record Store Day exclusive 1100 copies.
◊  First 200 copies on brown vinyl.
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05.09.2012 Posted By: Danielle Turney
◊  Since 2007, the Portland Cello Project has taken the cello where few have gone before, offering chamber and string-based renditions of movie themes, pop songs, classical pieces, and more — even metal tunes such as Pantera’s “Mouth for War.” The group’s live and recorded output now boasts more than 900 pieces, varying between straightforward arrangements with a handful of cellos to setups of grandiose proportions, with a dozen of its namesake instrument being supported by full choirs, winds, and percussion.
◊  On Homage, PCP pays tribute to hip hop by reworking influential hits such as “Hey Ya” by Outkast and “That’s My Bitch” and “H*A*M” by Kanye West and Jay-Z. “Canon on a Lollipopalicious Theme,” for example, takes Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” and elegantly transforms its beats and vocoded rhymes to a string-quartet structure. In many regards, it’s unrecognizable in contrast to the ridiculousness of the original, but it manages to highlight many of the song’s catchiest aspects. The rest of Homage is built the same way, and whether or not you like hip hop or know the original tracks, fans of crossover chamber pieces (with beats) will enjoy the group’s latest.
Fortaken: http://alarm-magazine.com/
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PRESS/Album Notes:
◊  "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
◊  "[PCP] concerts are purposely suitable for all demographics: boogie-ing grannies, head nodding hipsters, budding middle-school musicians and everyone in between because bringing everyone together in a spirit of collaboration only adds to the philosophy of diversity that PCP proudly upholds." — CMJ
◊  “To say that this is not your father’s cello ensemble is a vast understatement.” — Barbara Mitchell at the Portland Tribune.
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REVIEW
By Jake Cohen on April 30th, 2012  (Editor rating: **½)
◊  Portland Cello Project is not a novelty, although they can come dangerously close sometimes. A rotating cast of cellists, winds, brass, and percussion, the PCP are part of the new vanguard of classical performers who combine Beethoven with contemporary composers like Arvo Pärt and pop arrangements (think Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for eight cellos).
◊  In the live setting, they can blow you away. Their repertoire, comprising over 900 pieces, includes thoughtful and creative re-interpretations of pop songs – just marvel at the raw awesomeness of cellos rocking out on Pantera’s “Mouth for War”. Homage is a collection of hip-hop arrangements, including covers of Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, and Outkast. Yet too often, these versions just fall flat.
◊  The PCP version of “Hey Ya!” is a perfect example of a cover that comes up short. Every note of Andre 3000′s vocal line, bass, and background harmony is played on the cello; you could just sing right along. The drums are a simplistic and flaccid imitation of the original, and a trumpet plays the chorus counter melody. PCP could have introduced some creative license here: Witness Matt Haimovitz’s cello percussion on his version of Zeppelin’s ”Kashmir“.
◊  The best moments on Homage are the two tracks where PCP completely reinterprets their hip-hop source material, bringing it into their own classical music language. The main melody and bass line from Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” get treated to a polyphonic canon technique, and there’s even a little percussion on their cellos. Equally rad is their treatment of Kayne West’s “Monster”, turning the basic melody line into a fugue subject.
◊  Truly great cover songs should be appealing in their own right. Mostly, Homage consists of flabby arrangements, and other than the novelty factor, there’s little reason to choose any of these versions over the original. No doubt, the energy of hearing an arrangement of Talib Kweli’s “Get By” live is another story, especially when juxtaposed with traditional and contemporary classical music. But the world doesn’t need another orchestral tribute to hip-hop on record.
◊  Essential Tracks: “Canon on a Lollipopalicious Theme”, and “Fugue on a Monstrous Theme”
Fortaken: http://consequenceofsound.net/
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CONTACT:
Artistic Direction and Management
Douglas Jenkins
Email:
Booking
Mighty Bison Booking
Mary Brabec
(503) 477-7022
Email:
Performing Arts Center bookings
Gregg Little
Director of Performing Arts
New Frontier Touring
617-232-6152
Email:
Publicity
Angie Carlson
Email:  © Photo credit: Tarina Westlund
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REVIEW
Posted by Lindsey Scully on May 2nd, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Score: 8.3 /10.0
◊  Portland Cello Project covers artists ranging from Lil Wayne, Outkast, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and are well-known for their unusual take on popular music which is showcased on their seventh release, Homage. The driving force behind Portland Cello Project is Douglas Jenkins, who has repeatedly admitted his love of the hip-hop genre. What’s admirable is how Portland Cello Project is bringing hip-hop to a whole new demographic by playing it through classical means. The title of the album, Homage, is meant to show Portland Cello Project’s respect towards hip-hop and other genres.
◊  The Portland-based band is comprised of numerous cellists (clearly), a wind and horn section, and percussionists that help round out the overall sound. The flutes, trumpets, and drums give a richer sound to the album, and especially on the album’s opener “All of the Lights”, providing a separate layer apart from the cellos. The album boasts great renditions of all the songs but is very heavy on the Kanye West and Jay-Z covers, with a total of four between the two artists on a nine-song album. The band breathes new life into “Monster” by West with a Fugue style that stars three main cellos. Portland Cello Project also blends classical styling into Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” by way of conducting a Canon after the piece.
◊  A stand out from the rest, “Lua Descolorida” (originally a poem by Rosali de Castro from Spain) is not related to the hip-hop genre at all. The poem is often performed live with an opera singer and various stringed instruments, telling a tale of tragedy and love. The Portland Cello Project beautifully recreates the vocals into a main cello that mimics vocal crescendos, creating the same emotion and energy as if an opera singer were performing the song live.
◊  One would not normally assume that classically trained musicians and hip-hop songs could so easily blend together, but Portland Cello Project proves otherwise. Bouncing from new releases (2011′s Watch the Throne) to older (2003′s “Hey Ya!”) brings a wide array of songs from the popular genre and puts them into a new light and in front of a new audience.
Fortaken: http://www.ssgmusic.com/
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Discography:
◊  Limited Edition EP (2008 self released)
◊  Self-Titled (2008 self released)
◊  The Thao and Justin Power Sessions (2009 Kill Rock Stars)
◊  The Justin Timberlake Covers (2009 self released, digital only)
◊  Thousand Words (2010 self released)
◊  The Kanye West and Rihanna Covers Single (2011 Kill Rock Stars, Digital Only)
◊  Homage (Jealous Butcher Records, April 2012)
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Portland Cello Project — Homage (2012)

 

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Hamilton Leithauser — The Loves of Your Life (10 April 2020)
Don Gallardo — The Lonesome Wild (April 2, 2020)
Cowboy Junkies — Ghosts (30 Mar 2020)
The Mountain Goats — Songs for Pierre Chuvin (April 10, 2020)
Darnielle, Jon Wurster, Matt Douglas, Pete Hughes. ©Josh Sanseri
Erik Griswold — All’s Grist That Comes To The Mill (03/20, 2020)
Erik Griswold — All’s Grist That Comes To The Mill (03/20 2020)
Varga Marián — Solo in Concert (1. feb. 2018)
Joe Bonamassa & The Sleep Eazys — Easy To Buy, Hard To Sell
Midwife — Forever (April 10, 2020)
Moondog — On The Streets Of New York (Feb. 14, 2020)
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble — Where Future Unfolds (2019
Meredith Monk & Bang on a Can All~Stars — Memory Game (03/27/20)
Pharoah Sanders — „Live In Paris (1975): Lost ORTF Recordings“
I Like to Sleep — Daymare (April 17, 2020)
MoE/Mette Rasmussen — Tolerancia Picante (March 25, 2019)
The Tiger Lillies — Cold Night in Soho (10 Feb. 2017)
The Tiger Lillies — Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace
Sarah Jarosz — World On The Ground (June 5, 2020)
Kate Amrine — This Is My Letter to the World (Jan. 24, 2020)
Fiona Apple — Fetch The Bolt Cutters (17 Apr., 2020)
The Tiger Lillies — Covid~19 (April 10, 2020)
Veneer — Recovery (April 15, 2020)
Siobhan Wilson — The Departure (10 May, 2019)
BC Camplight — Shortly After Takeoff (24 April 2020)
Siobhan Wilson — There Are No Saints (14 Jul, 2017)
Brendan Benson — Dear Life (April 24, 2020)
Ali Holder — Uncomfortable Truths (April 10, 2020)
From Atomic — Deliverance (April 2020)
Whyte Horses — Hard Times (17th of Jan., 2020)
Gerald Cleaver — Signs (March 27, 2020)
Sophie Tassignon — Mysteries Unfold (April 24, 2020)
HOUPACÍ KONĚ: SOULKOSTEL 8 11 2019 (April 25, 2020)
Sarah Longfield — Dusk (April 22, 2020)
Ariel Pink — House Arrest (2002/Mar 2011/April 24, 2020)
All The Best, Isaac Hayes (A Spoken Word Album)
Prophecy Playground — Comfort Zone (Feb. 15, 2020)
Mark Lanegan — Straight Songs Of Sorrow (8th May, 2020)
Genesis Revisited: Live at The Royal Albert Hall — 2020 Remaster
Joan As Police Woman — Cover Two (May 1, 2020)
Kuře v hodinkách — Flamengo
Kuře v hodinkách — Flamengo
Devon Williams — A Tear in the Fabric (May 1, 2020)
Johanna Warren — Chaotic Good (May 1, 2020)
emozpěv — Spolu (1st May 2020)
THE LEAGUE OF ASSHOLES — UNPLUGGED (1st May 2020)
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Zuzana Mikulcová — Slová
The Fratellis — Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (8th May, 2020)
The Fratellis — Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (8th May, 2020)
Cocteau Twins — Victorialand (April, 1986, Reissue 2020)
Coloured Clocks — Flora (May 2, 2020)
I Break Horses — Warnings (08 May 2020)
Hawkwind — Acoustic Daze (25 Oct. 2019)
Indoor Voices — Animal (Feb. 14, 2020)
I Break Horses — Chiaroscuro
Einstürzende Neubauten — Alles In Allem (May 29th, 2020)
100 Gecs — 1000 gecs (May 31, 2019)
Evergreen — Overseas (15 Jun 2018)
Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio — Angels Around (May 8, 2020)
The Feather — Room (10 July, 2020)
Eyvind Kang — Ajaeng Ajaeng (May 1, 2020)
Eyvind Kang — Ajaeng Ajaeng (May 1, 2020)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — The Mosaic of Transformation (May 15, 20
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — The Kid (October 6, 2017)
Mr. Alec Bowman — I Used to Be Sad & Then I Forgot (May 1, 2020)
György Ligeti — Lontano (22. Oct.,1967)
OWEN PALLETT — Heartland (March 3, 2014)
Badly Drawn Boy — Banana Skin Shoes (22nd May, 2020)
A.O. Gerber — Another Place to Need (May 22, 2020)
Kaleidoscope — Faintly Blowing (11 April 1969, Reissue, Remaster
Perfume Genius — Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (15th May 2020
Perfume Genius — No Shape (5 May, 2017) BC
Perfume Genius — No Shape (5 May, 2017) FC
Sungazers — Wasting Space (May 18, 2020)
Cermaque — Lament (22nd May, 2020)
Mountaineer — Bloodletting (May 22nd, 2020)
Jetstream Pony — Jetstream Pony (May 22, 2020)
Steve Earle — Townes (May 8, 2009)
Steve Earle & The Dukes — Ghosts of West Virginia (May 22, 2020)
Sixth June ‎— Trust (17 Jan 2020)
White Tail Falls — Age of Entitlement (May 29, 2020)
Weyes Blood — “Wild Time” from Titanic Rising
Nicole Atkins — Italian Ice (29 May 2020)
Deerhoof — Future Teenage Cave Artists (May 29, 2020)
Deradoorian — Find the Sun (Sept. 18, 2020)
Bob Dylan — Rough and Rowdy Ways (June 19th, 2020)
The Magnetic Fields — QUICKIES VINYL BOX SET (June 19, 2020)
The Magnetic Fields — QUICKIES VINYL BOX SET (June 19, 2020)
This Will Destroy You — Vespertine (June 9, 2020)
Jake Blount — Spider Tales (May 29, 2020)
Jake Blount — Spider Tales (May 29, 2020)
Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore — YOKOKIMTHURSTON
Psychic Markers — Psychic Markers (29 May, 2020)
The Memories — Pickles & Pies (May 29, 2020)
Songs for the Late Night Drive Home (Feb. 5, 2016)
Spc Eco — Dark Matter (Nov. 20, 2015)
SPC ECO — June (June 1, 2020)
Yves Tumor — Heaven to a Tortured Mind (April 3, 2020)
Norah Jones — Pick Me Up Off the Floor (June 12th, 2020)
Larkin Poe — Self Made Man (June 12th, 2020)
Ezra Furman — Sex Education [Original Soundtrack] (April 24, 202
Endless Field — Alive in the Wilderness (June 12, 2020)
Wesley Gonzalez — Appalling Human (June 12, 2020)
Noveller — Arrow (June 12, 2020)
Kim Myhr & Australian Art Orchestra — Vesper (17.04. 2020)
Kim Myhr & Australian Art Orchestra — Vesper (17.04. 2020)
Andrej Šeban — Triplet (March 22, 2019) inner cover
Andrej Šeban — Triplet (March 22, 2019) cover
The Crossing & Donald Nally — James Primosch: Carthage (05/2020)
Jerskin Fendrix — Winterreise (April 17, 2020)
Zoongideewin — Bleached Wavves (June 19, 2020)
ULRICH SCHNAUSS — A Long Way To Fall — Rebound (3rd April, 2020)
Sports Team — Deep Down Happy (5th June, 2020)
Wrekmeister Harmonies — We Love to Look at the Car (2020)
Midlake — Antiphon (Nov. 4, 2013)
ANASTASIA MINSTER — Father ©Michael Haley
Jessie Ware — Glasshouse (Deluxe; 20 Oct 2017)
Teen Daze — Morning World
Jessie Ware — What’s Your Pleasure (June 26, 2020)
Art Feynman — Half Price At 3:30 (June 26th, 2020)
Bo Ningen — Sudden Fictions (26th June, 2020)
Khruangbin — Mordechai (June 26, 2020)
Pottery — Welcome to Bobby’s Motel (June 26th, 2020)
Orlando Weeks — A Quickening (June 12, 2020)
John Craigie — Asterisk the Universe (June 12, 2020)
Kavus Torabi — Hip to the Jag (May 22, 2020)
Nadine Shah — Kitchen Sink (June 5, 2020)
Paul Weller — On Sunset [Deluxe Edition] (3rd July, 2020)
Corb Lund — Agricultural Tragic (June 26, 2020)
Christine Ott — Chimères (pour ondes Martenot) (May 22, 2020)
The Beths — Jump Rope Gazers (July 10th, 2020)
Ashley Paul — Window Flower (May 13, 2020)
Grey Daze — Amends [Deluxe Edition] (July 3, 2020)
Grey Daze ©Photo credit: Anjella / Sakiphotography
Ajimal — As It Grows Dark / Light (June 26, 2020)
Ajimal — As It Grows Dark Light (June 26, 2020)
Eleanor Friedberger — Rebound (May 4th, 2018)
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER — NEW VIEW (January 22, 2016)
Immigrant Union — Judas (June 19, 2020)
Julianna Barwick — Healing Is a Miracle [Japan Edition] (2020)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Colorado (Oct. 25, 2019)
Neil Young — Homegrown (19th June, 2020)
The Jayhawks — XOXO (July 10, 2020)
Joy Division — Closer (40th Anniversary) [2020 Digital Master] (
Daniel Bachman — The Morning Star (July 27, 2018)
Daniel Bachman — Green Alum Springs (June 6, 2020)
Becca Mancari — The Greatest Part (June 26, 2020)
Ytamo — Vacant (June 12, 2020)
Bright Eyes — Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was (Aug.
Thin Lear — Wooden Cave (24th July, 2020)
Devendra Banhart — Vast Ovoid (July 24, 2020)
Cub Sport — LIKE NIRVANA (24 July, 2020)
Sara Serpa — Recognition (June 5th, 2020)
Sara Serpa, Ingrid Laubrock, Erik Friedlander — Close Up (2018)
Klara Lewis — Ingrid (1st May 2020)
Buju Banton — Upside Down (June 26, 2020)
Son Lux — Learning Structures vol. 1~4 (Oct. 11th, 2019)
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The Boomtown Rats — Citizens of Boomtown (13 March, 2020)
Ralph of London — The Potato Kingdom (19th June, 2020)
Mike Polizze — Long Lost Solace Find (July 31, 2020)
Land of Talk — Indistinct Conversations (July 31, 2020)