Free Music Thursday: Cleveland’s Christopher O’Riley

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Cleveland’s Christopher O’Riley is a classically trained pianist who has a thing for rock. He’s recorded albums of ivory-tickling instrumental adaptations of songs by Radiohead and Elliot Smith. He’s also host of “From the Top,” an NPR/PBS educational show in which he demonstrates that classical music doesn’t have to be dull. Before shows, he warms up with songs by groups like the Cocteau Twins and Ohio’s Robert Pollard (the GBV mastermind), but our favorite is this cover of the Smiths’ lullabye “Asleep”:

Check out more free samples here. -- D.X. Ferris

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