The renowned Portland Cello Project has just signed to the Kill Rock Stars record label, it was announced today. The 8-to-16-person cello ensemble does not only earn the somewhat specific plaudit of Portland's best cello ensemble, it is in all honesty one of the most inventive and remarkable bands in town today. This is an exciting pairing of artist and label, and we're excited for the Kill Rock Stars release of Portland Cello Project's second record. More excitedly, this brings the number of all-cello ensembles on the KRS roster from 0 to 1.

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They are now working with Kill Rock Stars artist Thao Nguyen of Thao With The Get Down Stay Down and musician Justin Power, and just as natural that they've found a home with the most quintessentially community-based label in the Pacific Northwest. The album, which features four collaborative songs apiece from Thao and Power, is being released on June 9th, 2009.

In its usual grand and exciting style, the group is excited to perform five pre-release shows at the much-anticipated opening weekend of Portland’s brand new Mississippi Studios: two shows (7 and 10 PM) on Friday, March 6th with Storm Large, Justin Power and Thao, two shows (same times) on Saturday, March 7th with Tu Fawning, Justin Power and Thao, and one 2 PM all-ages matinee show on Sunday, March 8th with Justin Power and Thao.