Radiohead tracks set to be reworked into classical symphonies

Mon, 30 January 2012

Radiohead are to have two of their tracks reworked into classical compositions, reports The Guardian.

The project is being dubbed 'Radio Rewrite' and will be overseen by renowned minimalist composer Steve Reich. The tracks in question are 'Everything in its Right Place',which featured on Radiohead's fourth studio album Kid-A, and 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' from the band's 'In Rainbows' LP released in 2007.

Each song will be performed by 13 musicians from the London Sinfonietta on March 5 2012. The concept was conceived after Reich met the band in Poland last September.

"It was the first time he'd met them as musicians and spoken to them at length," said Andrew Burke, chief executive of the London Sinfonietta. "Jonny Greenwood played [Reich composition] Electric Counterpoint – Steve saw this guy was seriously interested in his music and Steve became seriously interested in theirs."

On the subject of how Reich will approach the reworking, Burke added:

"I don't think Steve will be quoting these songs directly – I don't think that's his style," said Burke. "How he uses the songs as a starting point for what he does is going to be part of the excitement. But ultimately I'm most excited by the fact that we've got a new work by Steve Reich."

Radiohead are currently preparing for their 2012 world tour in support of their latest album 'The Kings Of Limbs'.

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