At their first visit to Šiška, Belgian ensemble Echo Collective will play their take on the famed album Amnesiac by Radiohead. The neoclassical instrumental arrangements of well-known songs such as “Pyramid Song” and “I Might Be Wrong” have astounded critics, who have declared the album a “glorious homage” to the original.
“Truly stunning.” (Clash Magazine)
“Absolutely heavenly … exquisite interpretation.” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music)
“The ideal companion to Radiohead’s original.” (Echoes & Dust)
It can’t be easy to take on reimagining an entire album into a different, fresh form that retains a respectful attitude towards the original. Even less so when the album in question is as famous and beloved as Amnesiac by the famed Radiohead. But Belgian neoclassical ensemble Echo Collective is no stranger to such challenges. The orchestral group formed around Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant, regular collaborators of A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Stars Of The Lid, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson, amazed with its reworking of an album by the notorious Burzum. It didn’t take long for the artistic director of the main concert venue in Brussels, Ancienne Belgique, to commission the “house band” to take on Amnesiac as well.
The result surpassed all expectations. One of the best albums of all time, arranged for a strings trio, harp, piano, bassoon/contrabassoon, clarinet/bass clarinet/baritone saxophone and orchestral percussion, came to life anew. The virtuosic group retained the nuances and delicateness of the original, instilling it with classical repute and grandeur. Echo Collective prove yet again that it is far from a pale echo or cheap copy, but rather a full-fledged post-classical spectacle.
Tickets on sale online and at mojekarte.si outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.
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