July 9th 2014
CelloJoe + Classical Hip Hop + WeWork: Live Music Brunch Like No Other
Music, community, and food collided at our office space when Party Corps co-hosted a brunch pop-up concert with WeWork. For those of you that don’t know about WeWork, it’s a collaborative office environment, which encourages innovation and community through a shared workspace. In support of Party Corps’ operations, WeWork became our first corporate member and we had the opportunity to put on our second pop-up concert for the building’s occupants. This live music and mimosa brunch drew crowds from all seven floors of WeWork and featured CelloJoe, an anomaly in the world of cellists because of his unique fusion of classical music, Hip Hop, and beatboxing.
"He records live on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations. By beatboxing, throat-singing, singing, plucking and bowing the cello, CelloJoe can mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop. CelloJoe is the world's first long distance musical bike touring cellist. He has ridden his bike over 10,000 miles in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia." –CelloJoe’s Bio
In perfect harmony with Party Corps and WeWork’s goal to bring community together, several guests took turns riding CelloJoe’s power-generating bicycle, which produces energy to run his amp and overall sound system. Each pedal offsets energy while riders enjoy beat filled exercise, a welcome activity for those of us who sit at desks all day.
We left the brunch energized and with immense feelings of connectedness among our community: music truly brings people together – well, that, and tasty food/beverage – and fosters engagement. Check out CelloJoe’s website for information on his upcoming shows, hear his music, and learn more about his bicycle, cello, beatboking fusion in a TedTalk interview here.