While Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s magical mystery tour of Sydney involved causing hysteric mass-hyperventilation by attending boutique dance music festivals in Marrickville and performing not so secret DJ sets in Chinatown, bandmate Jonny Greenwood spent his time following more sophisticated pursuits. Greenwood, staying in the country for several weeks after his bandmates had departed, remained Down Under to work on his tan and lend his award winning songwriting ability to an as yet untitled musical project in collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Age reports.
The work was commissioned by Australian violinist, composer and artistic director of the ACO, Richard Tognetti, who praised the multi-instrumentalist’s rock/electronica informed musical ability saying “Jonny’s technical skills … are up there with any other composer I’ve worked with”.
The Radiohead guitarist was previously a composer in residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra and
has composed original scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and There Will Be Blood and the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood.
“I think the amazing thing about Jonny is he might be a world first
[because of] this incredible acumen that he has for being able to write
for an orchestra coming from the background of being in a band,”
“This is almost a coming of age. Since jazz in 1901 there
have been a lot of people trying to cross over and write so-called
serious music and Jonny comes with all the technical know-how, which is