Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner To Stage Huge Orchestral Event In New York

Zinner will perform at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza with a 51-person orchestra and guests stars including Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Nick Zinner Orchestral Event
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner (far right in above photo) has now announced a massive orchestral performance of his four-part symphony 41 Strings. On 27 July, he will perform at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza with a 51-person orchestra. He’s enlisted some major talent for the occasion, including Paul Banks of Interpol, Lenny Kaye from the Patti Smith Group, Nancy Whang from LCD Soundsystem and YYYs drummer Brian Chase.

Zinner, wrote 41 Strings in 2011 to mark Earth Day. He’s since performed the piece around the world, with pprevious performances including London’s Meltdown Festival and Australia’s Sydney Opera House with musicians like The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and Savages’ Gemma Thompson. The orchestral piece – which is built to reflect the change of fall, winter, spring and summer – has also made it to TV: the “spring” portion of the piece is currently the theme music for HBO’s Vice.

“I’m so excited to bring this piece back to New York City where it was written and first performed in 2011,” said Zinner in a statement. “It’s always a massive undertaking and true joy to perform. “[It] was originally written to be played by a 45-person ensemble, and I’ve gathered up some of my favourite New York-based musicians from several generations to guest on this one-time performance to make it as special and epic as it can be.  It’s a real honour to be able to do this in such an iconic space as Rockefeller Center, free and open for all New Yorkers and everyone to enjoy.”

For further information about the 41 String event, please visit the Rockefeller Center’s official website.

The musicians participating in the event are as follows:


Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Paul Banks (Interpol)
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith band)
Angel Deradoorian (previously of Dirty Projectors)
Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow, producer/songwriter with Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson)
Sarah Lipstate (Noveller)
Ava Mendoza
Aku Orraca-Tetteh (Dragons of Zynth)


Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Ryan Sawyer (Gang Gang Dance)
Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Lightning Bolt, Black Dice)


Andy Macleod
Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio)


Ben Vida
Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem)


Gillian Rivers, arranger
35-piece classical string ensemble.

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