(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)

Out-of-the-box Cellos
It’s impressive to listen to what Portland Cello Project has accomplished on some of its arrangements, particularly a piece that recently consumed me, “Denmark,” by member Gideon Freudmann. Embracing the philosophy that no two shows are alike, the Portland Cello Project has a repertoire now numbering over 800 pieces of music you wouldn’t typically hear coming out of a cello—like Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” or Pantera’s “Mouth for War.” The 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). Expect a paired-down ensemble for this show.

Also on the bill is fellow Portlanders The Alialujah Choir. Made up of Adam Shearer and Alia Farah of Weinland, and Adam Selzer of Norfolk & Western and M. Ward, the trio has a patience and delicacy that focuses on spacious vocals filled with three-part harmony, strumming acoustic guitars and piano. Great bill! Portland Cello Project and Alialujah Choir, 7 p.m., Thursday Jan. 31. Tickets are $15/advance, $18/day-of-show, available at The Rose, Pinky G’s and PinkGarterTheatre.com.