We know that Oregon’s most celebrated indie-classical music group Portland Cello Project (PCP) is no new name on the lips of Eugeneans. Anyone keeping tabs on the Pacific Northwest’s music scene knows that this band is no mere novelty act, but rather a serious collective of musicians who push the envelope. Cello players of this caliber can make any genre of music sound epic, and this group has put in work. Case in point: PCP’s new album Homage, full of music by some of this century’s trendiest composers. The work of modern music’s great communicators, Shawn Corey Carter, K. Omari West and Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., will be among the smorgasbord of delightful sounds ringing through WOW Hall on Wednesday, April 18.
PCP makes the classical renditions of popular songs sound natural as well as vibrant, and the show will likely contain music by Osvaldo Golijov, Outkast and other genre-jumping music legends. These amazing cellists will be joined by their frequent collaborators during the CD release show that will grace Eugene — the Alialujah Choir, comprising members of Weinland and Norfolk and Western. This is arguably the best show in town, a performance not to be missed and a CD you should probably find a way to get.
Portland Cello Project plays 9pm Wednesday, April 18, at WOW Hall; $15 adv., $18 door.