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Richard Reed Parry is a composer, producer, and artist.
Parry is best known as a member of Arcade Fire, the seven-piece Montreal indie rock band that won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards. In addition to playing multiple instruments in the group – including guitar, double bass, drums and accordion – he helped to shape the band’s unique sound through his work as engineer on their first breakaway album, Funeral.
Parry is also a member of Bell Orchestre, the instrumental chamber-rock ensemble whose 2010 sophomore album, As Seen Through Windows, won the Canadian JUNO music award for Best Instrumental Album.
Richard has toured around the world with both bands, and has also performed onstage with David Byrne, David Bowie, Neil Young, Mick Jagger, The National, Islands, Little Scream, and The Unicorns.
Parry is a self-taught musician. In 2005, he studied briefly alongside visionary double bassist Edgar Meyer as part of a composition residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
As a composer, Richard has worked independently with Kronos Quartet and YMusic Ensemble. He has also collaborated with dance luminaries, LaLaLa Human Steps. He is one of three composers to appear on the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony album, From Here on Out, alongside Nico Muhly and Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead. Parry’s Ottawa Chamberfest contribution – For Heart, Breath and Orchestra – requires musicians to wear stethoscopes so they can play in synch with the quiet, varying internal rhythms of the human body, specifically the heartbeat and breath. Other heartbeat and breath compositions have been featured at MusicNOW festival and the Ecstatic Music Festival.
As a producer, Richard shares co-production credits along with his band members in Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre on all of their albums. He has recently worked with Little Scream, producing her debut album, and has arranged and produced for The National, Islands, and The Unicorns.