Portland Cello Project with Live Footage - 8/22
at City Winery New York City
ABOUT PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
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, 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. They've performed everywhere, from touring with heavy metal guitarist Buckethead, to sports bars in Texas, to punk clubs in Boston, to halftime at Portland Trailblazer games, to music festivals focusing on a wide variety of genres, from rock, to folk, to pure classical to... pure noise...
2. To play music on the cello you wouldn't normally hear played on the instrument. Everything from Beethoven to Arvo PÃ¤rt to instrumental covers of Kanye West and Pantera.
3. To build bridges across all musical communities by bringing a diverse assortment of musical collaborators on stage with them. The PCP has collaborated with musicians such as Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Laura Gibson, Thao, Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers), Matt Haimovitz, Dan Bern, among many others...
ABOUT LIVE FOOTAGE
In 2008 a humble basement apartment in Brooklyn became the laboratory for the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo, Live Footage. Mike Thies and Topu Lyo first met at a Halloween party, unaware that years later they would be described as some of the finest “surrealist soundtrack composers” in the making by scoring someof the most eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance and in tune composing their own music. Conceived through the art of improvisation,Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful ofelectronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. Live Footage’s formula is unique songs are structured in such a way that enables them to actually build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowingample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher. It is Live Footage’s coherent complexity that inherently wow’s new earsaway. Plain and simple, they are “cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.”Their first & Second full-length independent albums are already available on itunes, their Jay Dee EP is currently live on Orisue’s Website. In the meantime, Live Footage will be touring America, Canada, Korea, and Europe while fulfilling their weekly residency at Apotheke in NYC.