Van Dyke Parks with Britten Sinfonia and special guests Robin Pecknold and Daniel Rossen

+ Gaby Moreno

23 June 2012 / 19:30

£15 - 25

subject to availability
 sold out

A special one-off show to coincide with the long-awaited reissue of three of Van Dyke Parks' most visionary albums. 

Performing a career-retrospective set featuring full orchestral accompaniment from Britten Sinfonia, Van Dyke Parks will be joined by guest vocalists, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) and Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear). If you don’t know Van Dyke Parks, now is the chance to immerse yourself in a uniquely eclectic and daring landscape.

Van Dyke Parks talks to Ben Eshmade in our May podcast

Parks may be best known for penning the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ legendary sixties masterpiece Smile; more recently his arrangements helped shape Joanna Newsom’s epic album Ys. But the true riches of Parks’ talent lies in his first three solo albums, Song Cycle (1968), Discover America (1972) and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper (1975).

His trio of acclaimed records defined Americana decades before the term was ever invented. An expansive Americana that didn’t merely tap the post-war roots in folk and country music that we expect from the genre, but an all-embracing vision that included ragtime, vaudeville, jazz, bluegrass, psychedelia, classical and calypso, unified by a singer-songwriter spirit as much in line with Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson as Park’s collaborator Brian Wilson.

Bella Union will release Song Cycle , Discover America and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper in June 2012.

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Part of Summer Music 2012

Produced by the Barbican


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