Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood will play with the Wordless Music Orchestra this fall

The experimental musician-composer will perform his score to There Will Be Blood live

Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood Photograph: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

This September, the legendary musician Jonny Greenwood will be coming to the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights. He will be joining the Wordless Music Orchestra in the first live performances of his score to There Will Be Blood. Greenwood originally gained fame as Radiohead’s frenetic, arm-brace–clad lead guitarist, but has since received critical acclaim for composing experimental orchestral music. His eerie blends of classical instruments with electronic sounds have been used to score such films as We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012).

The composer received several awards for the There Will Be Blood soundtrack, but was robbed the opportunity of winning an Oscar due to a rule prohibiting original scores to contain music from previously released music, since several of the tracks include variations on an orchestral piece Greenwood wrote for the BBC Concert Orchestra, titled Popcorn Superhet Receiver.

Greenwood—who is capable of rocking out on a range of instruments that includes guitars, violas, banjos, drums and various electronica—will play the Ondes Martenot, an electronic instrument, with the 50-piece orchestra. Performances will be held on September 19 and 20, and will include a screening of the film on the second-largest movie screen in New York City. Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, May 14 at 10am here.

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