You might think the term “cello rock” would be a contradictory one, but then you probably haven’t experienced the genre-busting group that is Break of Reality. Since 2003, the New York-based chamber ensemble/prog-rock quartet has been using its unusual instrumental arrangement — a trio of cellists and a drummer — to push the boundaries of symphonic music, blurring the lines separating old-school classical fans and hard rock fans. They’ve covered the likes of Soundgarden, System of a Down, Metallica and Slayer, and their version of the Game of Thrones theme would raise even a Lannister’s eyebrow. Northwest Bach Festival artistic director Zuill Bailey will be performing a solo set before Break of Reality’s Dec. 8 concert.
Thu, Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm • Barrister Winery • 1213 W. Railroad • Fri, Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm • Washington Cracker Co. Building • 304 W. Pacific • $20-$40 • nwbachfest.com • 326-4942
— Nathan Weinbender