Collective Concerts Presents
Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River
1087 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON, M6J 1H3
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 19 and over
Richard Reed Parry
Richard Reed Parry is thrilled to announce that he has signed to ANTI- Records and will be releasing two albums as a two volume series. This autumnal equinox - September 21 - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 will be released while the spring equinox of 2019 will be the release date of Volume 2.
Best known as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist in the Grammy-winning rock band Arcade Fire, the Quiet River of Dust volumes are Parry's first solo work outside of his innovative compositional work with the highly respected Deutsche Grammaphon label. But Quiet River of Dust is a new direction: a dreamlike journey of immersive, gently psychedelic songs inspired by Japanese death poems and the folk music of the British Isles.
The genesis of these songs came ten years ago after Arcade Fire's first tour of Japan in February 2008. Parry stayed on for weeks after the last show, heading to a monastery for some solace in what he described as "the biggest silence you've ever heard." Quiet River of Dust has been slowly gestating ever since, in many ways a necessary respite from Parry's other musical pursuits as creating this music grew into a meditative practice.
"The song 'On the Ground' was inspired by an encounter with ghost voices in a Japanese forest near a temple on the mountain Koya-San," Parry explained. "I told director Caleb Wood the story - of being alone in this magical environment of giant cedar trees and hearing a loud chorus of powerful harmony singing that sounded inexplicably identical to my late father's folk band the Friends of Fiddler's Green, who were the soundtrack to my entire childhood and upbringing."
Despite these influences, Parry did not explicitly want to write in a traditional British Isles folk style. Nor did he want to create the kind of pop songs to which tens of thousands of people could sing along, as he does with Arcade Fire. But while that band's landmark 2004 debut, Funeral, made a grandiose statement through big, bold gestures, Quiet River of Dust does the same, with vertical layers of sonic architecture, but with the inverse approach: small, soft and gentle, though just as grand. Parry wanted to create a tangible aural garden of rapturous colors that invite exploration and create an immersive experience.
"I'm lousy at sitting still and being nothing," Parry says. "But being out in the natural world or being immersed in music is the meditation for me. That's the heart of this record: the experience of transcending the place that you're in, getting lost in the feeling of where you end and where the world begins, in a dreamlike world of music and thought."
Corwin Fox is a Canadian songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has been hailed as “a shining light in Canadian roots music” by Doug Cox (artistic director, Vancouver Island Music Festival). Having toured extensively across Canada, the U.S. and Australia since 1995, Corwin has been spending an increasing amount of time recording and producing other artists across a wide range of genres. He still plays concerts and festivals performing his songs on banjo, guitar and ukulele, and he teaches songwriting to youth each summer, but the studio has really become his focus since he founded the Corwin Fox Academy of Perpetual Excellence. Over the years he has played venues large and small, some by himself and some with his other projects such as Morlove or The Chimney Swallows.
Born in Halifax and raised in Ottawa, Corwin went to high school at Canterbury High, a school for the arts, where he studied theatre and learned to play bass, guitar and mandolin. From 2000-2002 Corwin attended Fanshawe College (London, ON) to take the Music Industry Arts Recording Engineering program. While there, he won the award in 2001 for best song from EMI Music Publishing Canada with a song called “Doctor God”.
Back on the west coast in 2006, Corwin was asked for the first time to produce a recording for another artist: Sarah Noni Metzner's "Daybreak Mourning" (Dog My Cat Records) with which she won Best Solo Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007). Since then, he has produced over forty albums for other artists and worked in the studio on more than 130 albums in various capacities as well as composing music for theatre and documentary soundtracks. For his solo music, Corwin has released three full-length albums, Compassionate Relay (2002), Dream Water Rain Music (2004), mememe (2017) and six e.p.'s: Tiger (2005), He Remembers What I Forgot (2007), Cloud Seating (2009), Minutiae (2011), Man and Her Symbols (2013) and The Midst (2015).
Corwin continues to write, record and tour, although he is quite content that the bulk of his time is now spent in his studio or hanging out with his kids and making soup.