Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire) Featuring Nico Muhly and yMusic

Seated Sanctuary Show With ..

Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire) Featuring Nico Muhly and yMusic

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler

Sun, September 28, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

First Unitarian Sanctuary

Philadelphia, PA

$20.00

This event is all ages

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Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire) Featuring Nico Muhly and yMusic
Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire) Featuring Nico Muhly and yMusic
As the red-headed polymath and multi-instrumentalist at the heart of the endlessly inventive art-rock band Arcade Fire, Richard Reed Parry has performed in front of immense crowds and sold millions of records across the world. But this is only one aspect of an artist whose unconventional trajectory has resulted in work that is as varied as it is surprising and unique.

Born in Toronto in 1977, Parry was raised in a community of ex-British isles oral-tradition folk musicians and medieval scholars, and came of age amidst an endless stream of early music and acapella singing. 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, immersing himself in Montreal's underground music and art scene.

In 1999 he began teaching himself to play the double bass, formed the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre with soon-to-be Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld, and formed The New International Standards with now AF guitarist / bassist Tim Kingsbury and drummer Jeremy Gara. He began collaborating with Win and Will Butler and Regine Chassagne, and when the earlier version of Arcade Fire imploded, he brought his Bell Orchestre and TNIS bandmates with him to reinvent the band into its current incarnation.

In 2004, when AF's Funeral blazed onto the world stage, he left home to go on tour for two months but didn't come back for a year.

In between the last few Arcade Fire world tours Parry has crafted an innovative debut record of solo compositions released in Summer 2014. Realized slowly and thoughtfully over a handful of years, Music for Heart and Breath is an exquisite collection of modern neo-classical pieces in which each note is played in synch with the heart rates or breathing rates of the performers, each musician generating their own tempo by listening to their pulse with a stethoscope during the performance. Produced with his great friend and collaborator Bryce Dessner of The National, the album features performances by Dessner, Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly and YMusic Ensemble. At times fragile, playful, sombre and intimate, these unique and stunning creations have been dreamt into life by Parry's refreshing compositional approach and his own philosophical belief that music and nature - in this case the human body - can be, indeed are, explicitly linked.
An endlessly ambitious and creative person, Parry's solo work represents his own search for an aesthetic and experiential balance, a way to follow his own path while continuing to navigate - and loving - the rollercoaster ride of being part of one of this generation's most acclaimed bands. "I absolutely need to do this," he says. "I have to express and explore all the sides of my musical picture."

Adding to the breadth of that picture, Parry has premiered a piece for Bang On a Can at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York, created a surround-sound, sci-fi electronic composition for synths, voices and, yes, bicycles called "Drones/Revelations" , and collaborated on The National's last two critically acclaimed albums, the Grammy-nominated "Trouble Will Find Me" and "High Violet". He recorded and produced Montreal artist Little Scream's magnificent debut album "The Golden Record" and is currently putting the finishing touches on her upcoming sophomore release.

In fall of 2014 the Brooklyn Academy of Music will debut a series of compositions he wrote for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus as part of Black Mountain Songs, an event curated by Parry and Bryce Dessner which will also include pieces by Nico Muhly, Tim Hecker, Dessner and Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw.
Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler
In most cases intimate musical connections take years to foster, with much time spent learning the others’ unique melodic and harmonic languages before true symbiosis can occur. For harpist Mary Lattimore and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler that type of deep understanding and effortless communication was almost instantaneous. On their first record as a duo, Slant of Light, Lattimore and Zeigler emerge completely synergetic, offering up stunning improvisations that are as advanced melodically as they are texturally. The four pieces on Slant of Light are seductive and picturesque, with Lattimore’s elaborate melodies blossoming out of Zeigler’s tonal beds of synthesizer and guitar. Equally inviting and challenging, Slant of Light is an impressionistic work that draws on musical histories ancient and contemporary, existing outside current trends in music as a whole. There is nothing that sounds remotely like it.

The strong and fast kinship between Lattimore and Zeigler is best understood in the context of their highly collaborative pasts. Lattimore has recorded and performed with Kurt Vile, Meg Baird, Jarvis Cocker, Wrekmeister Harmonies and Steve Gunn, to name a few, and her years touring with Thurston Moore inform some of Slant of Light’s noisier moments. Zeigler has played with members of Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, The War on Drugs, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow in his group Arc in Round. The contemplative, dynamic improvisations on Slant of Light reflect the collaborative ingenuity of musicians experienced in adapting their playing and sound to fit multiple contexts.

Slant of Light was recorded by Jeff Zeigler in Philadelphia during a city-stopping snowstorm during the winter of early 2014. Zeigler is one of the most in-demand recording engineers in Philadelphia, and has recorded albums by Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Nothing, Purling Hiss, and many others. The cover painting is by Philadelphia based artist Becky Suss.

Mary Lattimore was recently awarded a Pew grant for her ingenuity on the harp and as an exceptional member of the Philadelphia arts community. In December 2013 Lattimore and Zeigler performed a live score for Philippe Garrel’s 1968 film Le Révélateur in Marfa, TX in coordination with the influential arts group Ballroom Marfa, an endevour endorsed by the legendary director. The Ballroom performance was so successful that following a summer tour with Matteah Baim, Lattimore and Zeigler will tour with the film. The duo plans performances throughout the year following the release of the album, including some festivals.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Sanctuary
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://r5productions.com