Published Sep 05, 2012Richard Reed Parry might be best recognized as the energetic, red-haired multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, but the musician flexes his compositional chops outside the much-loved indie act. In the past, he's written symphonic pieces for his Bell Orchestre project, and now he's teamed up with long-running contemporary classical outfit Kronos Quartet.
Speaking with Classic FM [via The Quietus], Parry acknowledged that he will join forces with the chamber ensemble to deliver his Music for Heart & Breath, which debuted earlier this year and will come to the UK in the near future. However, the piece will also be played apart from Kronos Quartet on September 27 at Vancouver's Heritage Hall, with support from Los Angeles's Calder Quartet.
As the title Music for Heart & Breath, these compositions will integrate the performers' heartbeats, on top of the string-work.
"It really adds this ... different dimension of listening to the piece, where ... you find the audience paying attention to their own internal rhythms, their own breathing, their own heartbeats, and then trying to sort of match them to the performers onstage," Parry said of incorporating the body's natural rhythms into his conceptual work. "Listening in the space between those two things happening, someone else broadcasting or amplifying or broadcasting musically their own internal, really quiet rhythms, and as a listener trying to see where that interfaces with your own. That's just a completely different listening experience to what we're used to having."
While Parry is prone to receiving praise in the pop world, the composer gushed about working with his current cast of collaborators, stating of Kronos Quartet: "They're kind of the template for what is the modern string quartet in a lot of ways, where they just decided to drop the barriers and play anything they wanted to, that they thought was interesting music, which I think is the modern paradigm really. That kind of attitude has really permeated, musically and culturally."
You can listen the Parry's entire Classic FM interview here.