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Fitter Happier, Arrangements of Radiohead

The College of Charleston School of the Arts will be presenting the work of music students Andrew Walker and Lee Marchbanks in their original arrangements for classical ensembles of the music of Radiohead.

Andrew Walker and Lee Marchbanks, under the guidance of Dr. Julia Harlow from the School of the Arts, transcribed and arranged thirteen songs from various Radiohead albums for this performance. Both Walker and Marchbanks are currently Music Theory/Composition majors at the College of Charleston and plan to further their knowledge of music and the many avenues it holds.
The performance will feature a grand piano, an electric piano, two cellos, a violin, a double bass, a flute, a choir, and two percussionists.

The evening, benefiting Charleston Breast Center, will be held at the Sottile Theatre on 44 George St. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 8p.m. Tickets will be available for $5 at the door the evening of the event as well as before the event beginning on Thursday, March 13th, at the College of Charleston’s Simmons Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will also be for sale off campus beginning same day, at 52.5 Records at 561 King Street, Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King and Kudu Coffee at 4 Vanderhorst Street. More info over at Facebook. [thx Alex]

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  • I hope this is better than the ‘Strung out’ crap.

  • I do know that one song they will be playing is “Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box”

  • by the sounds of this enxemble (electric piano as well as a choir, voilin for instance) it sounds as though suthenticity has been maintained, i have a feeling this would sound alrite, but what do i know

  • I assure you it will be nothing like “Strung Out”. Our goal has always been to serve the music of Radiohead as best as we possibly can. I believe that it is hard to capture the many different tone qualities “timbre” that are in the music by using a string quartet. I think the arrangements on “Strung Out” are decent, but parts are lost because the tone quality is all…… strings…… Similarly, Christopher O’Riley does a beautiful job on solo piano but I still yearned to hear the parts separately using different instruments. The complexity of texture (parts) that Radiohead incorporates in their music is a big part of what we are after. This is the main idea behind our choice of instrumentation and style of arranging. I hope that our audience enjoys the performance as much as we have enjoyed arranging and performing Radiohead.

  • I checked out some of the songs over at the Fitter Happier Tunes MySpace page. I really enjoyed them. I won’t be attending the gig – I live in Australia. But if I were there, I would. Sounds awesome. Keep it up. Beautiful interpretation.

  • sick! i’m there

  • So Paul, what’s that MySpace?
    I checked the facebook page and searched MySpace and couldn’t find anything. It’s rather frustrating reading about this stuff and not being able to hear it. It’s almost like, what’s the point of the news. Like a news story about a two headed cat without an image of the cat. Most people reading aren’t in range of the gig :S Waaaah. /endwhine

  • Hi Justin – here’s the MySpace link: Hope this works. Note the name of the concert is “Fitter, Happier”

    Best, Julia

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