The cello is becoming hip!

We know it, and now others are making the same discovery:

“It’s hip,” says Jenkins, 31, about being a cellist in Portland. “It’s super-hip. The second people find out I play the cello, it’s like, ‘Hey, want to play on my record?’”

As Jenkins tells it, Portland’s cello community is on the rise. Bands like his own chamber-rock quintet, Bright Red Paper; WW’ s 2007 Best New Band runner-up Horse Feathers; and folk-rock outfit John Weinland have all been seen cavorting with the Portland Cello Project, a collective of local cellists that’s turning the traditional concept of orchestra performance on its head.

The Secret Musical Lives Of Hipsters

Reposted from November 2007