On the Monday following VOLTA, Culture Shock hosted a private recital in honor of Ultra Violet by represented artist and classical pianist Christopher O’Riley. O’Riley, the host of NPR’s From The Top, world-acclaimed composer of new renditions of Radiohead, and pianist at Andy Warhol’s funeral debuted new renditions of music from the Velvet Underground in the resplendent living room of Stuart Pivar, the man who introduced Andy Warhol to antiquing and who introduced the musician and the artist back in the 70’s. The affair was attended by such luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Eric Shiner, and Bill Katz amongst others, and was covered exclusively for Interview Magazine by Fame Shark author Royal Young and Cool Hunting for Video.
Cool Hunting Video: Christopher O’Riley
Transforming Pop Music Hits Into Classical Piano Masterpieces
“In a private residence on NYC’s Upper West Side, we recently had the pleasure of attending a thrilling performance organized by Culture Shock featuring pianist Christopher O’Riley. Renowned for his flawless renderings of classical masterpieces, O’Riley (host of NPR’s From The Top and composer of original work) explains how, during intimate performances for artists and members of high society’s creative class during the early days of his career, he began to bridge the gap between pop culture and classical music with his traditional arrangements of mainstream songs. At this recent performance, he performed songs by Radiohead, Nick Drake and The Velvet Underground.”