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Watch Jonny Greenwood’s NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”

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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is behind NPR’s latest “Tiny Desk Concert,” with Ensemble Signal performing his classical pieces “Three Miniatures from Water” and “88 (No. 1).” “It’s good to see musicians in the raw, away from stage lighting and backing tracks—as if they've just stopped by an office to play over a lunch break, with desk-bound employees watching on,” Greenwood writes in his introduction to the performance, saying he’s a longtime fan of the NPR series. “ The performances should expose flaws, but instead they tend to expose musicians being casually brilliant.” Watch the performance below and read Greenwood’s full intro at NPR.

Greenwood also spoke to NPR for “All Songs Considered,” discussing his admiration for Kid Creole, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steve Reich, among other things. Greenwood previously released the Glenn Gould-inspired “88 (No. 1)” as sheet music.

Read about Greenwood’s work on Phantom Thread in “8 Pitchfork Staffers on Their Favorite Music Moments in Recent Movies.”


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