M A Y A Beiser: Uncovered

With virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.” – The Boston Globe

Uncovered is a startling collection of classic rock tunes, re-imagined and re-contextualized, in stunning performances by cellist Maya Beiser. A “cover tune” can be an homage to the original, but these “uncovers,” in new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn, attempt to do more and evoke the unprecedented power of music by rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin’ Wolf, and AC/DC. At TBA, Maya will be joined by the Portland Cello Project in selected special arrangements. Maya juxtaposes handpicked rock classics with contemporary compositions, including Michael Harrison’s epic Just Ancient Loops, performed with a film by Bill Morrison; composer and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s Three Parts Wisdom; and David Lang’s take on Lou Reed’s Heroin. Beiser’s performance explores the juncture where the spiritual, traditional, contemporary, urban, and popular culture meet.

Portland Cello Project Members: Nancy Ives, Kelly Quesada, Sage McCoy, and Douglas Jenkins.

Since Portland Cello Project’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.


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