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Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry Sets Tour Dates for 'Music For Heart and Breath' Album (Deutsche Grammophon)

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 14, 2014 03:38 PM EDT

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry has finally released tour dates to support his solo debut album of classical compositions, Music For Heart and Breath out now on Deutsche Grammophon. 

As we previously reported, Parry’s work is but another notch in the indie goes classical genre. The album was produced by Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner of The National fame. Music For Heart and Breath features Classicalite's favorite brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner (who, together, make up The National), Nico Muhly, Kronos Quartet and yMusic, with featured players including Nadia Sirota, Rob Moose and Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw of Roomful of Teeth.

The concept behind Parry’s solo debut maintains that every musician involved in the piece generates his or her own tempo by listening to his/her pulse during the performance--via stethoscope. The album touches on Parry’s love of music combined with his own philosophy that music and nature (in this case: the body) can be explicitly linked.

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,” said Parry.

“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.”

Tour dates for Richard Reed Parry are as follows..

September 20 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal, Canada
*With Warhol Dervish

September 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
*With YMusic & Bryce Dessner

September 28 at the First Unitarian Church-Sanctuary in Philadelphia, PA
*With YMusic and Nico Muhly

September 29 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY
*With YMusic and Nico Muhly

Watch below the video for Music For Heart and Breath.

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