Pianist Christopher O'Riley to Pay Tribute to Elliott Smith and Nick Drake

Classic Arts News   Pianist Christopher O'Riley to Pay Tribute to Elliott Smith and Nick Drake
 
Classical pianist Christopher O'Riley, who has caused a stir over the last two years with his arrangements of music by the art-rock band Radiohead, is turning his attention to two other iconoclastic pop musicians, Billboard reports.

In spring 2006, O'Riley will release a collection of music by Elliott Smith, a singer-songwriter who died in 2003 in an apparent suicide. An album of songs by British singer and guitarist Nick Drake will follow. The four albums of haunting folk-pop songs that Drake recorded before his death in 1974—also apparently a suicide—have achieved legendary status.

O'Riley told Billboard that a subsequent album, to be released in 2007, will include the works of various pop musicians, possibly including R.E.M., Cocteau Twins, Tears for Fears, Tori Amos, and George Harrison.

O'Riley is also the host of the syndicated public radio program From the Top, and has performed recently with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.


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