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Thom Yorke will take the Boch Center Wang Theatre stage during his series of live electronic performances in the U.S. during which he, Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri will perform songs spanning his solo works The Eraser and Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and Atoms For Peace’s Amok. Support will come from special guest Oliver Coates.
In broad string strokes, British cellist and producer Oliver Coates has contributed to the recordings of Radiohead, collaborated on composition with Laurie Spiegel and John Luther Adams, and performed as an improviser with Dean Blunt and Micachu. His in-depth understanding of and relationship with classical cello is met with his exploration and pleasure in electronic audio and synthesis.
Following the September 2014 release of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Yorke, Godrich and Barri embarked on their first tour, covering the UK, Europe and Japan throughout 2015. Following Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ December 2017 reissue on XL Recordings, the trio made its U.S. debut headlining theaters in Los Angeles and Oakland and appearing at the Day For Night Festival in Houston.
This combination of Thom and Nigel’s sounds and Tarik Barri’s stunning visuals has generated praise the world over, with Uproxx raving "Youtube clips of the performance can’t do justice to just how breathtaking and engrossing it all was…. Yorke’s commitment to his solo material might be exactly what he wanted, allowing him to blow audiences away with a fully-realized, immersive, and often breathtaking show,” and Variety commenting "One of the show’s many highlights was visual collaborator Tarik Barri’s gorgeous visuals that accompanied Yorke and Godrich’s heady sounds.”
Variously, Coates has received the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award and has been commissioned for film music by visual artist Lawrence Lek, recorded with composer Jonny Greenwood on the scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Phantom Thread and collaborated with musician Mica Levi on the 2016 album Remain Calm. He has also played live with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood, Actress and Genesis P-Orridge.
Coates first developed his electronic programming and dance music tropes on Upstepping (2016), which leads now to the expansive architecture of his 2018 album, Shelley’s on Zenn-La, his first for RVNG Intl. Shelley’s on Zenn-La is an ambient braindance record that codes live cello performance alongside warm drone synthesis and drums. Coates made music for Shelley’s largely in Renoise software, composing complex drum sequences in numbers and pencil drawn waveforms. Another release for 2018 on the RVNG Intl. platform was a 16 part cello recording of John Luther Adam’s contemplative arcs of sound Canticles of the Sky.
Oliver also conceived and programmed Southbank Centre’s first DEEP∞MINIMALISM festival in June 2016, with large audiences lying on a church floor listening to the music of Éliane Radigue, and Pauline Oliveros leading her last public Tuning Meditation.
Plan Your Evening
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wang Theatre has housed the performing arts since opening in 1925, developing from a movie “cathedral” and home to vaudeville musicals and big bands, to today’s role as an impressive venue for world-class theatre, music, Broadway, and dance.