Wednesday 08 February 2023

Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Time 8:00pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15


RTÉ Concert Orchestra 
Reinout Douma conductor 

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is proud to present the Irish premiere of Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony. This amazing reimagining of Radiohead as arranged for jazz soloists and orchestra was first conceived as a tribute album by the Noordpool Orchestra and its founder and leader Reinout Douma. Douma joins the RTE CO for the first time tonight to conduct this classy, imaginative piece featuring ‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Nude’, ‘Weird Fishes’, ‘Karma Police’, ‘Exit Music’, ‘No Surprises’, ‘15 Step’, ‘Suite: Everything in Its Right Place – Pyramid Song’, ‘You’ and ‘Creep’. The evening also features bonus Radiohead/Thom Yorke tracks ‘The Eraser’ and ‘Spectre’ and is introduced by Reinout Douma explaining how the project came about. 

Jazzenzo magazine writes of Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony: ‘Whether it’s the moving, and dramatically small “Exit Music” with fragile violin solo, or the unstoppable “You”, the characters of the various songs are meticulously analyzed and magnified, but not in an ironic way. The specific properties of the material are emphasized. Noordpool Orchestra, similar to the Metropole Orkest, shows what an arrangement can do with a composition . . . Here and there the atmosphere of old-fashioned swing comes to the surface, when the orchestra sounds like a big band. The majestic sound in all its dynamic turbulence can glow, while at some point the detailing is microscopic. The big gesture on the one hand, the small beckoning on the other. And conductor Reinout Douma always leads his team in the right direction.’  

 And writes: 
‘Noordpool Orchestra created an entire tribute album, Radiohead: A Jazz Symphony, back in 2012. It seems obvious, but it’s genuinely surprising how well jazz suits Radiohead’s complex time signatures and harmonies, from “15 Step” to “No Surprises”. But it’s their version of “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” that stands out – a brilliant, lightly jazzy arrangement of the propulsive, pensive “In Rainbows” cut.’