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Wave Movements

Composers Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, also members of rock bands Arcade Fire and The National respectively, take as inspiration the different wave cycles of the world’s oceans in a work for string orchestra and film. 

The music, composed directly to the actual rhythms of waves, is performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to a film made by the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto who created an iconic series of seascape photos in the 1980s.

The two acclaimed musicians will perform alongside members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Heart & Breath, with Bryce Dessner on guitar and Richard Reed Parry on bass. Heart & Breath is based around the idea of using the widely varying internal rhythms of the performers’ bodies as performance parameters, relying on the breathing rates of the players to determine the pace of the music.

Dessner's Murder Ballades will also be performed by members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a fascinating score based on American ballads about murder. It was originally created as a score for a piece by L.A. Dance Project, who appeared at the Festival in 2013.

Co-commissioned by MET Museum Presents for the NY Philharmonic Contact Ensemble in collaboration with Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Cork Opera House, Sydney Festival and St. Denis Festival

Part of the Russian Standard Vodka Hub Sessions. 

Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner Wave Movements
Richard Reed Parry Heart & Breath
Bryce Dessner Murder Ballades

Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner for Heart and Breath
Images for Wave Movements by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Find out more about Bryce Dessner
Twitter: @bryce_dessner

Find out more about Richard Reed Parry
Twitter: @ParryReed 

Find out more about Hiroshi Sugimoto

28 August 2015

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.