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Richard Reed Parry - Heart and Breath / Out Smart review

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Nico Muhly is also present on Music for Heart and Breath (Universal Music Classics/Deutsche Grammophon), composed by Richard Reed Parry of the Grammy Award-winning Canadian band Arcade Fire. As you might expect, heart and breath play a vital role in these compositions performed by Muhly, Parry, and Kronos Quartet/yMusic. Described as a "series of compositions that use involuntarily moving organs of the human body [such as the lungs and heart] as performance parameters," according to Parry, the concept is "less about ‘performance' in the traditional musical sense," and more about translating "the quiet internal rhythms of the body" into music. On that level, Parry certainly succeeds.  SEE THE Out Smart REVIEW PAGE