Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood plays surprise and intimate Australian gig – watch

Guitarist covers Steve Reich track in guest slot with Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground

Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood was a surprise guest at an intimate Australian gig last week (March 1) – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

The guitarist joined the ACO Underground (Australian Chamber Orchestra) for their show in a loft apartment in Sydney, where he performed a cover of American composer Steve Reich’s piece ‘Electric Counterpoint’.

ACO Underground founder Satu Vänskä said to Moshcam: “He [Greenwood] happened to be in town and we asked him if he would like to play. I don’t think people will ever get to see Jonny Greenwood play a Steve Reich piece in such an intimate setting.”

In March last year, Greenwood scored his first Top 10 album in the Official Specialist Classical Chart, with his collaboration with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The side-project, which was entitled Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima/Popcorn Superhet Receiver/Polymorphia/48 Responses To Polymorphia, consists of two pieces by Penderecki and two by Greenwood including ‘Popcorn Superhet Receiver’, which featured in the guitarist’s film score for There Will Be Blood.

Meanwhile, Jonny’s brother, Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, claimed last month that the band would regroup to work on their new album at the end of this summer. They released their eighth album, ‘The King Of Limbs’, in 2011, although frontman Thom Yorke’s supergroup Atoms For Peace released their debut LP ‘Amok’ last week and saw the record chart at Number Five in the Official UK Albums Chart on Sunday (March 3).