Jonny Greenwood in Poland

Here is Jonny Greenwood in Poland:


 “There’s only 12 power chords, and I think we’ve had about 20 years of them, so maybe it’s time to move on, aye?”


Co-operation of Krzysztof Penderecki, Aphex Twin and Jonny Greenwood is something unprecedented. Aphex Twin is a prominent figure of the contemporary electronic music; he’s the first techno artist whose works have been transcribed for orchestra and then performed in major concert halls all over the world (among others by London Sinfonietta and Alarm Will Sound). Jonny Greenwood, guitarist of Radiohead and a composer well acquainted with ‘classic’ instrumentarium, manifests his attachment to Penderecki’s music.

The programme of two concerts in Wrocław includes three compositions by Penderecki: “Polymorphia for strings”, “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” and “Canon for strings”. All these works, written for strings (in the latter case, for strings and tape delay), come from 1960-1962, the avant-garde years of the composer’s life. Both Aphex Twin and Jonny Greenwood will invoke just that period in their music. “Polymorphia” – performed for the first time 50 years ago – has become their source of inspiration. Aphex Twin is composing “Polymorphia Reloaded” while Jonny Greenwood – “48 Responses to Polymorphia”; both compositions will have their world premiere in Wrocław.

“Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” has been chosen mainly because of its relations with Jonny Greenwood’s “Popcorn Superhet Receiver” (inspired by Penderecki’s music) and the Aphex Twin’s decision to remix just that piece by the Polish composer. Concerts will be supplemented with Penderecki’s “Canon” for 52 strings and tape delay, two sets by Aphex Twin, and a piece from the Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack “There Will be blood.
The first concert (Penderecki/Greenwood) will be more ‘classical’, the other one (Penderecki/Aphex Twin) will have a more ‘rave’ like nature.


Krzysztof Penderecki “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” (1960–61)
Jonny Greenwood “Popcorn Superhet Receiver” (2005, Polish premiere)
Krzysztof Penderecki „Canon for Strings” (1962)
Jonny Greenwood “Future Markets” from the „There Will Be Blood” soundtrack (2007, Polish premiere)
Krzysztof Penderecki „Polymorphia” (1961)
Jonny Greenwood “48 Responses to Polymorphia” (2011, world premiere)

Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor
Marek Moś – conductor
AUKSO Tychy Chamber Orchestra

Source: European Culture Congress and Waste Central


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