The New Infinity: Richard Reed Parry – The Quiet River of Dust

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Planetarium Hamburg, Linnering 1 (Stadtpark), 22299 , Hamburg, Germany

Tickets: €19/€11, ca. 75 Min. The live concert is based on the namesake solo album by Richard Reed Parry, the multi-instrumentalist at the heart of the cult band Arcade Fire. The sounds he heard on long walks through the snowy woods on Mount Kōya in Japan reminded Parry of the folk music he had heard in his childhood. Music full of open space, quietude, cicadas, echoes and the sounds of nature. The immersive sonic environments of his visit to Japan led Parry to the folk song form of his new songs that tell of disappearing villages, ecstatic wind storms, departing family members, cyclical rivers, spirit radios and endless rain. A story emerged of a boy travelling to the seaside with his parents, disappearing into the ocean and his body dissolving into the molecules of the enormous body of water in which he swam – a sudden transformation into all the elements of the natural world. Parry’s music includes the dense orchestral textures of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre as well as the boundary-pushing instrumental work of his neoclassical solo compositions. Together with the team from the Canadian Société des Arts technologiques (S.A.T.) he has created a hypnotic live experience for a sonically and visually immersive dome environment that will be performed in Europe for the first time as part of “The New Infinity” and in cooperation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel at the Planetarium Hamburg.