Special performance of complete Chamber Orchestra to celebrate the release of
"An Anthology of All Things"
BEDFORD CORN EXCHANGE, NOVEMBER 2ND
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CONCERTO MAGNIFICENT: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ALL THINGS
LIVE AT BEDFORD CORN EXCHANGE, 27/09/2012
photos by Graham Watson
Produced and commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts
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Clash Magazine Live Review
Five star review of Union Chapel Concert
“an astonishing blend of classical, alternative and experimental music
that exudes enough emotion to captivate any open-minded music fan.”
Recomended "Expect a spectacular cacophony of string, brass,
percussion and woodwind sections, plus opera singers
and projections of Andy Holden's specially tailored films.
New Album 'Fields & Birds & Things'...
Album Launch concert at the Union Chapel, 9th June. More details soon.
"Johnny Parry vaults his way from being just another singer-songwriter to something
more akin to the UK's equivalent of Sufjan Stevens, an artist with a distinctive musical vision"
'Find Your way home' video exclusive with the 405
"audio and visuals seem to come together into something entirely fitting and wonderful."
Clash Magazine - 'Essential Ten' section,
"This is an impressive, innovative and unique piece of work.
If at first the shell seems difficult to break, persevere. Lurking inside is an unusual and enchanting box of secrets."
"For once that most ill-fitting cliche 'widescreen' might just be appropriate."
Elusive Little Comments
"THIS may certainly well be the most ambitious record of 2012.
Genius...everything seems to fall in place to create a simply astonishing piece of music."
Exclusive new song & film, Keep Kicking & Screaming, on forfolksake.com
Preview review in MOJO
"Complex, cinematic music that builds intricate landscapes of sound...
Compelling... Intoxicating... an unusual delight"
Preview review in Monocle
"It's a place you imagine to be strewn with broken pianos and un-posted love letters written in blood. But wait! It's a beautiful place with a full chamber orchestra"
Planet notion -
"Johnny Parry and that thirty-piece orchestra of his graced the stage, and oh my, what a treat they were. Beginning with ‘Kicking and Screaming Alternate Version,’ an uplifting build of strings, brass and drums, with Parry’s ever present, wonderfully gruff vocals joined by his small but perfectly formed chorus. And everything which followed was just as enjoyable. A live setting is hands down the best way to experience the Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra. There is a wonderful juxtaposition of darkness and melancholy with lighter tones, irony with honesty, humour with sobriety. Each element of the orchestra complements the others perfectly, and each track is accompanied by a short film or animation, courtesy of Andy Holden. They are certainly a talented bunch who know how to put on a good show. And Parry’s inter-song chit-chat was equally engaging, witty and relaxed, he even brought forth a couple of bellowing belly-laughs. It was an hour of visual and aural delight which seemed to pass all too quickly."
(follow link to see the photos)
"Johnny Parry, far from a household name, surely deserves more recognition and praise than he's getting right now. Consistently tackling unusual projects and concepts with the help of videographer Andy Holden, and a plethora of musicians including regulars David Lynch and Ben Milway (who make up the rest of the Johnny Parry Trio), his performances are simply beautiful. How talent this big has gone under the radar for so long escapes me, but I suspect this is all about to change if Saturday's jaw-dropping performance was anything to go by!"
Preview of "Fields and Birds and Things" Alternate More Love & Death, an album from a parallel universe...
July 2011 - Live at Breminale Music Festival, Germany
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