Chamber and instrumental works by Jonny Greenwood are centre-stage in a new 15-minute concert by NY-based Ensemble Signal, part of the celebrated series, NPR Tiny Desk.
The concert starts with the Three Miniatures from 'Water', early studies for Greenwood's orchestral Water a 2014 commission from the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Solo violin and piano are joined by a cello and bass drone plus two Indian tampura - the whole creating a hypnotic tapestry of twinkling sound.
The final piece in the programme is the 7-minute solo piano piece 88 (No 1), with the acclaimed pianist Lisa Moore. In two contrasting movements, the work starts reflectively with the enigmatic instruction "Like Thelonius Monk copying Glenn Gould playing Bach". In the second movement 'Fast' the mood changes dramatically and the score suggests that the soloist wears fingerless gloves to be able to cope with the cascade of glissandi.
The score of 88 (No 1) is available on sale from the Faber Music store.
Greenwood also did a fascinating 45-minute interview for 'All Things Considered' by Bob Boilen and Tom Huizenga, in which he talks about his career to date and his diverse musical inspirations.
The whole NPR Tiny Desk set is here: