From Q2 Live Concerts: “Jonny Greenwood’s “Doghouse”

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead


“On Friday, May 20 at 8 pm, Q2’s Nadia Sirota host(ed) a live audio Webcast and NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas host(ed) an online chat from the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The show features the U.S. premiere of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s Doghouse for orchestra and string trio; the New York-premiere of Philip Glass Symphony No. 4, “Heroes,” based on the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno; and game-changing modernist György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments. This is the first of two consecutive evenings of Wordless Music Series shows with the Wordless Music Orchestra and Signal led by conductor Brad Lubman.


Known best as a multi-instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, keyboards and sampler, and one of the driving artistic voices behind the art-rock band Radiohead, the 39-year old Greenwood is also a classically trained violinist who has become a symbol for an under-40 generation of composers who move between idioms of complex popular music and more classically-oriented Western Music. Also aware of the acute cinematic possibilities of his pieces, Greenwood has adapted Doghouse for the Anh Hung Tran’s film Norwegian Wood (based on the Haruki Murakami best-seller), just as his Popcorn Superhet Receiver from 2005 (also premiered by the Wordless Music Series) was transformed for the Oscar-nominated film, There Will Be Blood.

Rounding out the program is another versatile piece, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes” which riffs on six tracks from the 1977 David Bowie / Brian Eno album, “Heroes,” as a basis for a Twyla Tharp Dance Company production and György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments, an iridescent piece for six wind, five string and two keyboard players with Ligeti’s characteristic mix of complex tempi overlays and dense, dark harmonies.

Nadia Sirota

The full post from Q2 is here, with – guess what??? – an audio archive stream of the whole evening!!