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Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry on EIF / Sinfini

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As new Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan brings pop and rock music into the programme for the first time this year, from Sufjan Stevens to FFS, few musicians seem better placed to reflect on this important sea change than Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry.

Close friends best known as members of renowned North American indie-rock bands The National and Arcade Fire respectively, they're also both classical composers. Dessner has a masters degree in music from Yale University and has seen his works performed all over the world by the likes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Kronos Quartet, while Parry's debut contemporary classical album Music For Heart And Breath (produced by Dessner) was released last year. They appear at this year's EIF as part of a performance of their debut collaborative composition Wave Movements, an ‘orchestral work with a very strong visual element,' as Dessner describes it, based on the different wave cycles of the world's oceans. Composed directly to the rhythms of waves, it will be played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra accompanied by a film from Japanese visual artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, and alongside Parry's composition ‘Heart & Breath', which will feature Dessner and Parry on guitar and bass.  READ THE FULL Sinfini ARTICLE