Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ARCADE FIRE's Richard Reed Parry's Classical solo release!

Available In the U.S. July 15, 2014

“It’s a simple idea but with very complicated potential results. It’s music based on a system that can produce a huge range of problems and beautiful solutions.” – Nico Muhly
May 29, 2014 – (New York, NY) -- 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 (in this case the body) can by explicitly linked.

Richard explains:
“Music for Heart and Breath is a series of compositions that use involuntarily moving organs of the human body (specifically the lungs and the heart) as performance parameters. There are no time signatures: the tempos and rhythms are always governed by either the heart rates or the breathing rates of the individual players. In the case of the latter, the performers are instructed to play directly in sync with their own or another player’s individual breathing (playing at the speed of their inhalations, their exhalations or both). To enable the players to hear and play in sync with their own heartbeats, they wear stethoscopes and, naturally, generally play quietly.”

The album was produced by Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, with the music performed by an exciting line-up of musicians including Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National),  Nico Muhly (Conductor, celeste/piano), Kronos Quartet and yMusic, with featured players including Nadia Sirota, Rob Moose, Caroline Shaw and more (full list below).

1     Quartet for Heart and Breath                                                   6:45
       Rob Moose violin · Nadia Sirota viola 
       Clarice Jensen cello · Alex Sopp flute 
       Bill Kalinkos clarinet · C.J. Camerieri trumpet
2     Heart and Breath Sextet                                                          15:00
       Nico Muhly piano
3     For Heart, Breath and Orchestra                                           12:22
       Caroline Shaw, Yuki Numata,
       Courtney Orlando, Annaliesa Place violin
       Nadia Sirota viola (soloist) · Caleb Burhans viola
       Clarice Jensen, Brian Snow cello
       Shawn Conley double bass
       Amelia Lukas flute, piccolo
       Arthur Sato oboe
       Hideaki Aomori clarinet
       Richard Reed Parry double bass, piano
       Nico Muhly conductor, celesta, piano

       Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet)
4     I     Miniature I                                                                             1:23
5     II   String Peaks                                                                           2:13
6     III  Wind’s Idea                                                                           3:30
7     IV  Miniature II                                                                            1:39
8     V   Sticks/Tension                                                                        4:16
9     VI  French Guitars                                                                       3:24
10   VII Freeform Winds/String Drones                                               3:43
       Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner guitar
       Richard Reed Parry double bass
11   Duet for Heart and Breath                                                        4:28
       Nadia Sirota viola
       Richard Reed Parry piano
12   Quartet for Heart and Breath (for Kronos)                                  6:48
       Kronos Quartet:
       David Harrington violin · John Sherba violin
       Hank Dutt viola · Jeffrey Zeigler cello

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