CANADIAN MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST AND COMPOSER RICHARD REED PARRY AND AVANT-GARDE COMPOSER SUSIE IBARRA RELEASE MEDITATIVE LP HEART AND BREATH: RHYTHM AND TONE FIELDS (OFFAIR)
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15 JULY 2022 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, multi-instrumentalist and composer Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and notable percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra release Heart and Breath: Rhythm and Tone Fields (OFFAIR).
The project was commissioned as an album and sound pack platform Splice, Ibarra and Parry collaborated remotely using the rhythm of their heartbeats to create each track.
The compositions that emerged are hypnotic fields of sound that seem to float suspended in time and space, unfolding gently in a manner that is at once intimate and expansive, and which connects the listener to their own most primal, internal body rhythms.
Of the recording process Reed Parry said, “This record doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever made, or heard. There’s a unique feeling in the music that was somehow enabled by the lockdown: remote recording, the physical distance between us at the time combined with the fact that we each relied on our heartbeats and breathing to bring us into a unified musical space together. It feels “live” in ways we couldn’t have expected - the music transcended the physical boundaries and limits that this time imposed on all of us.”
Composer/performer/sound artists Richard Reed Parry and Susie Ibarra started their musical journey together after being approached by Splice to create a body of new musical work together as a first-time, long-distance music collaboration. The two decided to expand and explore an idea used in Parry’s prior composition work - using the rhythms of their heart rates and breathing patterns as the basis for rhythmic tempos and musical dynamics, paired with Ibarra’s extended rhythmic and melodic percussion language and her ongoing interpretive practice of Philippine gong music.
Watch transcendent "Field VIII: Hands” visualizer here
OFFAIR Records is a joint venture between Universal Music Canada (UMC) and Versus Creative globally distributed by UMC and Virgin Music Label + Artist Services. With a community of established artists exploring beyond their familiar sonic territories, OFFAIR’s series of releases will bring instrumental and experimental soundtracks to listener-specific environments, mental spaces and shared universal moments. The mission of OFFAIR co-founders Rishi Shah and Nate Auerbach is to create deeper experiences through music. OFFAIR is building a brand, community, and distribution system together with their partners at UMC and Virgin Music to drive intentional listening, supported by special events, partnerships and more.
- Field I: After C
- Field II: Slow Drift
- Field III: Even
- Field IV: Gong
- Field V: Sarunay Shifting
- Field V: Sarunay Shifting
- Field VII: Overtone Heartbeats
- Field VIII: Hands
- Field IX: Simple Breath
Susie Ibarra Online:
Composer, Percussionist, Sound Artist
Richard Reed Parry Online: