Date: Friday 18 September
Time: 1pm
Location: Aula Maxima, UCC
Artists: Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Nadia Sirota (yMusic), Dr. John Cryan (Professor of Neuroscience), Dr Ken O’Halloran (Professor of Physiology) and Andre de Ridder (Stargaze)
Title: Playing your heart out
Tickets: Free

A performance and conversation about the principles of Music for Heart and Breath, a contemporary classical composition by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) in which the musicians use their own heartbeat and breath to dictate the pace and pulse of the music.


Date: Saturday 19th September
Time: 8PM
Location: Cork Opera House
Artist: RTE National Symphony Prchestra featuring Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Maddy Prior, Film by Sugimoto and conducted by Andre De Ridder
Title: RTE National Symphony Orchestra perform Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry
Tickets: Single ticket €35* available here

*Included in festival ticket €175

Sounds from a Safe Harbour is honoured to be among the commissioning partners for Wave Movements, co-written by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).
Wave Movements has been commissioned by Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Cork Opera House, Sydney Festival and St. Denis Festival in collaboration with MET Museum Presents for the NY Philharmonic Contact Ensemble.


Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 7pm
Location: Crane Lane Theatre
Artist: Quiet River of Dust
Tickets: FREE

Quiet River of Dust were born when Richard Reed Parry was invited to perform at the National’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in 2012. The group is comprised of Parry, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician and artist Laurel Sprengelmeyer, aka Little Scream, and Parry’s Bell Orchestre bandmate Stefan Schneider who also plays drums and percussion with The Luyas, [iks], Sage Raynolds, and Rodéoscopique. The trio create sonically immersive folk songs which are an antidote, Parry explains, to his “absurdly famous rock band”.


Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 8pm
Location: Everyman Theatre
Artist: Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota
Title: Sounds from a Safe Harbour – Festival Showcase presented by Bryce Dessner
Tickets: Single ticket €25* available here

*Included in festival ticket €175

As the festival tide rolls out of Cork, we take some time to celebrate the wave it has created with this intimate evening presented by Bryce Dessner (The National). The evening will showcase Crash Ensemble, So Percusson and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with special appearances by Bryce himself, Aaron Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota.


As the red-headed polymath and multi-instrumentalist at the heart of the endlessly inventive art-rock band Arcade Fire, Richard Reed Parry has performed in front of immense crowds and sold millions of records across the world. But this is only one aspect of an artist whose unconventional trajectory has resulted in work that is as varied as it is surprising and unique.

In between the last few Arcade Fire world tours Parry has crafted an innovative debut record of solo compositions released in Summer 2014.Realized slowly and thoughtfully over a handful of years, Music for Heart and Breath is an exquisite collection of modern neo-classical pieces in which each note is played in synch with the heart rates or breathing rates of the performers, each musician generating their own tempo by listening to their pulse with a stethoscope during the performance. Produced with his great friend and collaborator Bryce Dessner of The National, the album features performances by Dessner, Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly and YMusic Ensemble. At times fragile, playful, sombre and intimate, these unique and stunning creations have been dreamt into life by Parry’s refreshing compositional approach and his own philosophical belief that music and nature – in this case the human body – can be, indeed are, explicitly linked.

Adding to the breadth of that picture, Parry has premiered a piece for Bang On a Can at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York, created a surround-sound, sci-fi electronic composition for synths, voices and, yes, bicycles called “Drones/Revelations” , and collaborated on The National’s last two critically acclaimed albums, the Grammy-nominated “Trouble Will Find Me” and “High Violet”. He recorded and produced Montreal artist Little Scream’s magnificent debut album “The Golden Record” and is currently putting the finishing touches on her upcoming sophomore release. In fall of 2014 the Brooklyn Academy of Music will debut a series of compositions he wrote for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus as part of Black Mountain Songs, an event curated by Parry and Bryce Dessner which will also include pieces by Nico Muhly, Tim Hecker, Dessner and Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw.


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