A powerful coming together of Eastern and Western musical traditions, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur present the first full UK performance of their new project Junun.
Recorded in a makeshift studio inside a 15th-century fort in the Indian state of Rajasthan with Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich, Junun comprises compositions by Ben Tzur. Performed here by Ben Tzur and the 9-piece Rajasthan Express band, with Greenwood adding electronic textures to the rolling percussion, horns and vocal chants, together they create music that is rousing and celebratory one moment, swirling and spiritual the next.
Released on Nonesuch Records, the making of Junun was documented by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson – a friend and frequent collaborator of Greenwood for a documentary of the same name, capturing both the recording sessions as well as the close camaraderie of the collaboration.
Support comes from Istanbul-based producer and instrumentalist Başak Günak aka AH! KOSMOS, whose self-produced debut album Bastards paints euphoric melodies over techno rhythms with echoing guitar and floating vocals.
‘Joyous and hypnotic’ Guardian
‘Never has Qawwali been so radio(head)-friendly’ Songlines Magazine