01/02/2017

"S&W" - PRESENTS: JOHNNY PARRY (UK) - album "AN ANTHOLOGY OF ALL THINGS" in stores on Friday 03.02.2017




Album "AN ANTHOLOGY OF ALL THINGS" ("SONGS & WHISPERS" / Broken Silence) will be in stores on 03.02.2017!
Preorder the album under https://songsandwhispers.bandcamp.com/album/an-anthology-of-all-things now!

‘An Anthology of All Things’ is a project that is as ambitious as it is unconventional. It’s magnificent, masterful and sweepingly heart-warming and performs a velvety emotional cut and paste approach. It dares to be huge and expansive but retains a deeply personal core which carries the intimate, often evocative thoughts and statements that are at times uncomfortable, innocent, whimsical and on occasions playfully risqué

An overwhelmingly inviting choral record, Bedford-based composer Johnny Parry brings together his highly accomplished Chamber Orchestra with Soprano Donna Lennard and the Bedford Arts Choir for a captivating small town experience that has a far wider resonance

It is an engaging piece of music that glides through varying emotions whilst drawing in a wide spectrum of human experiences. The work consists of eight movements; each movement has its own broad theme ranging from self appreciation to memories, romance and youthful boundary defiance.

All lyrics were short statements donated by the public, many collected from the local community in Bedford but also accepted and used from all over the world; these unique responses to the themes were collated and pieced together with the rich and emotive sound of the Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra which darts from feelings of desolation to joyousness and commanding dramatic surges.

The concept was brought together through a commission by Bedford Creative Arts which gave him the opportunity to engage with the local residents and thus forming the choir, now solidified as the Bedford Arts Choir. The Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra and the newly formed choir premiered with a sellout performance in 2012 at Bedford Corn Exchange.

More than 600 people surrendered something personal to create this piece, from toddlers as young as three years old (Movement III), to those who had memories dating back to 1942 (Movement IV). This huge triumph of community was finally immortalised in a beautifully produced recording which receives its international release in 2017.

The release coincides with a new set of concerts in Germany (Bremen), and then the UK (Oxford and Bedford). This time The Bedford Arts Choir are performing with the Bremen University Symphony Orchestra and Choir, ever continuing the sentiment of collaboration and togetherness that is the beating heart of ‘An Anthology of All Things’.

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Johnny Parry, bisher bekannt als Singer-Songwriter,  veröffentlicht mit „An Anthology Of All Things“ sein nunmehr sechstes Studioalbum - und begibt sich erstmals auf das Terrain zeitgemäßer Klassik. Der Bedforder Autodidakt fokussiert auf jedem der acht „Movements“ seines Long Players, ein anderes Motiv - jedes mal emotional tiefgehend und von gesellschaftlicher Relevanz. 

 „An Anthology Of All Things“ ist das Resultat von Johnny Parrys kreativem Austausch mit den Residents seiner Heimatstadt - eine musikgewordene Lyrics-Collage mit deliberativem Charakter: Johnny adressierte Fragen an die Bedforder Community und verarbeitete die Resonanz in Form von 500 Textfragmenten zu eigenständigen Musikstücken.



Johnny Parry vaults his away from being just another singer-songwriter to something more akin to the UK’s equivalent of Sufian Stevens, an artist with a distinctive musical vision.” - The Independent

 Johnny Parry ist Komponist, Vocalist und Produzent - ein Allrounder, dessen monumentales Werk, im Zusammenspiel mit seinem Ensemble und dem Impact des Bedford Art Choirs, eine unnachahmliche Atmosphäre kreiert. Epochale Chöre traben mal sanft, mal rasant über einen Klangteppich aus Streichern und verschmelzen flankiert von Blasinstrumenten zu einem organischen Momentum. In der britischen Tageszeitung The Guardian rangiert der Long Player unter den Top10 der jahresbesten Alben. Nicht zuletzt dank Andy Holdens pointierter Visuals, welche symbiotisch mit Johnnys Soundentwürfen korrespondieren, avanciert „An Anthology Of All Things“ im Rahmen von Live-Aufführungen zu einem spirituellen Happening.



“Intoxicating, complex, cinematic music that builds intricate landscapes of sound”  - Mojo



Auf die opulenten Shows in den ausverkauften Konzertsälen Englands, folgt nun der nächste große Schritt auf die Bühnen Europas: In Kollaboration mit dem Orchester und Chor der Universität Bremen, präsentiert Johnny Parry am 29. Januar die kontinentaleuropäische Uraufführung von „An Anthology of All Things“ im großen Saal der Bremer Glocke. Ergänzend performt Parry, begleitet von einem 6-köpfigen Ensemble, im Rahmen seiner europäischen Mini-Tournee zwischen dem 9. und 12. Februar, Auszüge seiner Diskographie, unter anderem auf der Bühne des Club Moments, wie auch im Westdeutschen Live- Fernsehen, auf dem Kanal 21.
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Tour dates:
An Anthology of All Things (performed by Orchestra and Choir of University Bremen) - 29.01.2017 @ Glocke, Bremen
Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra - 09.02.2017 @ Fernsehkonzert auf Kanal 21, Bielefeld
Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra - 10.02.2017 @ Klub Berlin, Cologne
Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra - 11.02.2017 @ Kirche Düshorn
Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra - 12.02.2017 @ Club Moments, Bremen

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Videos: 
MOVEMENT VI: "Romantic Statements":


MOVEMENT V: "Parl Benches":