Jonny Greenwood's "smear" to Receive US Premiere at New York's SONiC Festival
Jonny Greenwood’s smear will receive its US premiere in a performance by the Either/Or ensemble, conducted by Richard Carrick, at Columbia University's Miller Theatre in New York City, tonight as part of the nine-day SONiC Festival of composers 40 and under.
Greenwood's smear is scored for large ensemble and two ondes martenots, early electronic instruments that Greenwood often uses with Radiohead. Written in 2004, smear was Greenwood's first concert work and received worldwide attention three years later as part of the music for Paul Thomas Anderson's film There Will Be Blood, the soundtrack for which was released on Nonesuch Records in 2007. Joining Either/Or on ondes martenot for tonight's premiere, are Montreal-based musicians Marie Bernard and Estelle Lemire.
For more on the concert, visit millertheatre.com.
Jonny Greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Receiver, which was also incorporated into the score for There Will Be Blood, is among the pieces on the forthcoming Nonesuch album of works by Greenwood and Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The album, due out in 2012, also includes Penderecki's Threnody for the victims of Hiroshima, which inspired Popcorn Superhet Receiver, and Polymorphia (for 48 strings), which inspired the other Greenwood piece on the album, 48 Responses to Polymorphia. For more information, read the recent Nonesuch Journal on the album.
To pick up a copy of the There Will Be Blood soundtrack and Greenwood's recent score for the film Norwegian Wood, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.
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