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Thom Yorke to debut first classical composition Don’t Fear the Light later this year

21 January 2019, 12:26 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Thom Yorke has announced his first classical composition for French piano duo Katia & Marielle Labeque, titled Don't Fear the Light, which will be toured around Europe in April.

Having had a go at creating the soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria - and pulled it off - Thom Yorke is continuing his experiments as he reveals he'll be working on a new classical composition.

Don't Fear the Light is a collaboration with French piano duo Katie and Marielle Labeque, which he reveals will be premiered through a series of European shows in April, "i’ll be there pretending i can read the music on the paper. which i can’t."

Katie and Marielle Labeque will perform Don't Fear the Light at a series of "Minimalist Dream House" concerts in April. Yorke will perform a closing song with the pianists each night. The National's Bryce Dessner is expected to take the stage to perform his own work too.

News of the project arrives after Yorke's Suspiria vinyl-only outtakes record was announced for a digital release due to popular demand. His Suspiria track "Suspirium" has also been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars.

Alongside the announcement of his digital release, a new playlist of videos showing Thom Yorke performing at NYC's Electric Lady Studios have been revealed. He performs three tracks from his Suspiria soundtrack, as well as Radiohead's "Bloom".

Don't Fear the Light will be premiered at London's Barbican Centre on 9 April. Find out more.
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