Jonny Greenwood Brings Classical and Film Compositions to Fermo

Beloved Radiohead musician and film composer played a variety of classical music to benefit destroyed art in Italy.

Jonny Greenwood Brings Classical and Film Compositions to Fermo
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By

Jared Marshall

10/26/2019 11:26 AM

Radiohead mastermind Jonny Greenwood played a classical charity concert in Fermo, Italy last night. Aside from being at the head one of the greatest musical brain trusts in the history of popular music, Greenwood's foray in classical music is extensive with divisive film scores for directors, Paul Thomas Anderson and Lynne Ramsay, freshly launched contemporary classical label Octatonic, and a culminating 36 minute full orchestra composition recently debuted at Royal Albert Hall. The concert's proceeds will intend to recoup some of the lost and damaged pieces in Ferno's historied art collection due to a massive earthquake that hit the city in 2016.

Joined by the "UK’s finest violinist and pianist", Daniel Pioro and Kat Tinker and "a bunch of odd instruments to play", The setlist opened with Partita n.2 in D minor by J.S Bach, before moving into fan favourites such as Prospectors Arrive and House of Woodcock from There Will Be Blood and Phantom Thread respectively. The ensemble also interpreted modern classical compositions from Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, and Oliver Messiaen. The concert marks the second appearance of Greenwood for Italian earthquake relief, as him and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gave a rare acoustic performance as a duo in 2017 for the same cause. Greenwood took duties on piano, guitar, and the ondes martenot, an instrument Greenwood helped popularize through his work with Radiohead.

See clips from rehearsal and the performance below and check out a workshop for restoring classical art in Italy here.

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