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Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath / CBC interview

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Richard Reed Parry is perhaps best known as the bass player and accordion player with Arcade Fire.

The slim redhead is currently on tour with the band in Germany, playing the Hurricane Festival near Hamburg, Germany. 

The night before their performance, Parry did some performing of his own at a bar in Berlin where he showcased compositions from Music for Heart and Breath - his first foray into classical music.

"It was kind of amazing to be in the giant bar with a huge sound system, a place for electro-acoustic music with people smoking and hanging out but they were completely silent during the performance and completely enthusiastic when we finished a piece. It was marvellous," he told CBC News.

The Deutsche Grammophon release was inspired by an experience Parry had while studying electro-acoustic music and dance at Concordia University. 

The music he was listening to then was far too cerebral for his tastes. READ THE FULL CBC INTERVIEW.