Since the triumphant release of True Love Waits, pianist Christopher O''Riley''s reimagining of works by Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake have garnered critical accolades and international acclaim, including the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone to a classical pianist. His latest release, Out Of My Hands, includes music of R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Bad Plus, The Smiths, and Tears for Fears as well as additional material from Radiohead and Elliott Smith.
As host of the popular NPR music program, From the Top, Mr. O''Riley is well-known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. His latest performances stretch the piano beyond the classical repertoire and into the rich uncharted territory of contemporary and alt-rock. The music flows seamlessly from one genre to another, from the familiar to the fresh.