Hope and Holland jazz groups to present ‘The Radiohead Project’

Alternative rock will be presented with a jazz flair when the Holland Jazz Orchestra and the Hope College Jazz Arts Collective combine to present "The Radiohead Project' on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Dec 2, 2011


It will take place in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, 277 College Ave., at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free.

The two ensembles will perform jazz arrangements of multiple Radiohead tunes developed through the international “Radiohead Jazz Project,” which was established in 2010 and co-commissioned by the Frankfurt Radio Bigband and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. The initiative to adapt the works to the large jazz ensemble format followed the interpretation and recording of Radiohead songs by many jazz solo artists and small ensembles.  

Featuring arrangements by an international team of jazz artists, the project to extend the repertoire to large ensembles resulted in 12 titles released this summer as the “Radiohead Jazz Series.”

The concert at Hope will feature several selections from the series. The Holland Jazz Orchestra will perform “Idioteque,” “Bodysnatchers,” “Kid A,” “Knives Out,” “All I Need” and “There, There.” The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective will perform “Everything in its Right Place,” “High and Dry,” “Paranoid Android” and “Packt Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Box.”

The English alternative rock band Radiohead was formed in 1985, releasing its first single in 1992 and first album in 1993.

The cutting-edge, five-piece group achieved notoriety in the UK by the mid-1990s and international recognition before the turn of the century. In 2005, the band was ranked 73rd on “Rolling Stone’s” list of “The Greatest Artists of All Time.”



Although there was no longer any pressure or even a deadline from their record label, tension during this period was high. Band members all had different visions for Radiohead's future, and Yorke was experiencing writer's block, influencing him toward a more abstract, fragmented form of songwriting. Thanks.
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