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05/29/2020Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany

Richard Reed Parry: Bio

Richard Reed Parry is the red headed musical polymath at the heart of the endlessly inventive art rock band Arcade Fire, but his work and story reach far beyond.  Born in Toronto in 1977 and raised in a community of ex-pat British isles folk musicians, he attended Canterbury high school in Ottawa, Canada where he graduated from the first generation of its Literary Arts programme. In 1998 he headed to Montreal where he studied electroacoustics and contemporary dance at Concordia University, paving the way for a career on the wilder edge of music.

As well as navigating Arcade Fire's meteoric rollercoaster ride around most of the globe over the past 15 years, he also released his debut album as composer "Music For Heart and Breath" in 2014 on legendary classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, formed and toured in the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre with AF violinist Sarah Neufeld, formed the sonic folk ensemble Quiet River of Dust, and collaborated and performed endlessly with artists from across a dazzling musical/artistic spectrum including David Bowie, David Byrne, the New York Philharmonic, Neil Young, Kronos Quartet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mick Jagger, The National, Spike Jonze, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Justin Vernon, yMusic, Caroline Shaw, Sam Amidon, Terry Gilliam, Garth Hudson, Nadia Sirota, Colin Stetson, Britten Sinfonia, Barr Brothers, Little Scream, LaLaLa Human Steps, Bang On a Can, Alexi Murdoch, and The Unicorns.

In 2017, Parry premiered Wave Movements, an hour-long composition for string orchestra which he composed in tandem with frequent collaborator Bryce Dessner, alongside a film created by Hiroshi Sugimoto, at Barbican UK and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.  2017 also saw the premiere of Black Mountain Songs at Brooklyn Academy of Music, a multi media music performance based around the Black Mountain School, which he co-curated and co-composed with Caroline Shaw and Bryce Dessner for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, released as an album on New Amsterdam Records.  In 2018 and 2019 he released Volumes 1 and 2 of the Quiet River of Dust album series on Anti Records, which he launched with a 4 week performance residency inside the Satosphère dome of Montreal's Societé des Arts Technologiques, where he performed both albums in their entirety inside a 360-projected visual world built around the music, for the Festival International de Jazz Montreal.

He has won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, multiple Juno Awards for both Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, The Polaris Prize, Brit Awards, and Socan Awards among others.  He speaks English, French and is currently studying Japanese. He lives in Montreal.  Sometimes. 

The Nest is Parry's debut feature film score as solo composer.

1 Quartet for Heart and Breath
2 Heart and Breath Sextet
3 For Heart, Breath and Orchestra
4 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / Miniature I
5 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / String Peaks
6 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / Wind's Idea
7 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / Miniature II
8 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / Sticks
9 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / French Guitars
10 Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet) / Freeform Winds - String Drones
11 Duet for Heart and Breath
12 Quartet for Heart and Breath
Richard Reed Parry - Music For Heart And Breath
Warhol Dervish plays Quartet of Heart and Breath, by Richard Reed Parry
Interview with NPR's Arun Rath
Interview with WMBR: Boston Ken Field
Interview with Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire

Music For the Heart and Breath is Richard Reed Parry´s debut as a neo-classical composer, inspired by the likes of Steve Reich and Brian Eno. Parry is well known for his work as a multi-instrumentalist with the critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning alternative rock band, Arcade Fire. The concept behind Heart and Breath is that every musician involved in the piece generates his own tempo by listening to his/her pulse during the performance. Fragile and intimate, these stunningly created pieces are the result of a conceptual compositional approach that reflects Parry's deep love of music, and his philosophy that music and nature can by explicitly linked.

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