Two LA exhibitions of paintings inspired by VDP's 1989 song 'Manzanar' from the Tokyo Rose album in July.
"Hello Van Dyke,
I am having an exhibit at the Gallery Western featuring watercolors on Korean Comfort Women. My work in NJ on this subject has resulted in the first memorial in the western world that is in Palisades Park, NJ. I am coming to LA to do two exhibits and some meetings to try to have a memorial placed there too.
I am not sure if you are free, but it would be an honor if you can attend my exhibit. The whole series of paintings began after I heard your song Manzanar on the Tokyo Rose album, and from there I began with work on Japanese Internment Camps... a year or two later I started to work on paintings about Comfort Women of WWII and it developed into the memorial that the NY Times covered as well as CNN.
The 2nd exhibit I am doing in LA will be in Glendale, but it is a group exhibit and one of the former comfort women will come to speak at the exhibit. It is in the Glendale Central Library and, although it is not the ideal place for an art exhibit, the facility is good for the media and for the former comfort women to speak at. That will be on Thursday, July 26. I am not sure of the details yet.
Once again, I would be honored to meet you and for you to see my work.
You have always been an inspiration from Song Cycle to now."
For fans, those initial three albums — Song Cycle, Discover America and Clang of the Yankee Reaper — are still his most fascinating and satisfying works, slices of American musical history that are of their time and yet truly timeless.
As allmusic.com wrote about Song Cycle, "Nothing escapes Parks' radar, and the sheer eclecticism and individualism of his work is remarkable. The album is both forward-thinking and backward-minded, a collision of bygone musical styles with the progressive sensibilities of the late '60s......a one-of-a-kind record, the product of true inspiration."Click here for more details on in-store appearance and the 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."Click here for more details and booking info...
On the original Show Date of February 19, 2012, Van Dyke performed 'Jump', 'I'm History', 'The All Golden' and 'Orange Crate Art'. The show has been archived for your repeated enjoyment.Click here to listen to the show...
Sarah Silverman and Van Dyke Parks contribute to new project about the actor seen in 'Mad Men' and 'Parks and Recreation'. The world's largest collection of vinyl is worthless. Or is it? The only way to find out is to look inside.
The movie's subject, Murray Gershenz, 88, has already moved on from his life as LA's rare-record guru—he's now an actor in Hollywood with roles on 'Parks and Recreation', 'Mad Men', and the 'Sarah Silverman Program'.
But Murray still has to figure out what to do with all his records. Though business has never been worse, Murray (a former synagogue cantor and opera buff) still spends most days inside the dusty old warehouse store with his son, the emotional Irv. Irv, 53, clings to the collection and his father — though he must soon say goodbye to both, forever.
The film had its world premier at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Van Dyke Parks did the score. Van Dyke, who is usually referred to as "legendary", has worked with the Beach Boys, Rufus Wainwright, Joanna Newsom, and many, many others. His most recent project is a series of seven-inch vinyl records with original sleeve art by Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman, Frank Holmes, and Sally Parks.
This is the first film by Richard Parks. Richard is a former newspaper editor who has degrees from McGill University and UC Berkeley and has contributed to McSweeney's, The New York Times, and many other print and online publications. Richard is also co-founder of Societche. He lives in Oakland, California.
Due to the success of the premier, the Doc Channel has two encore airings planned: 3.30pm on April 27 and 10.00pm on May 7.
"Murray's hot sh*t. He can do anything."
—Sarah Silverman (actor, 'The Sarah Silverman Program')
"An irresistible, utterly original and accomplished movie. Unless you see a LOT more films than I do, you won't see a better one!"
—Tony Bill (director, Academy Award winner)
"Journalism doesn't often get told in poetry, which is what makes 'Music Man Murray' such a gem. Witty and yet moving, it's crammed with detail and yet touches on the broadest of themes. More than just a charming story of a feisty old guy with a lot of records, it's an artfully composed meditation on music and mortality."
—Michael Azerrad (author, 'Our Band Could Be Your Life')
VDP played Woody Guthrie's songs at a concert to mark the 100th Anniversary of Woody's birth on April 14, 2012.
The celebrations, which went down a storm, also featured such artists as Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, John Doe, and Kris Kristofferson.
The show, which will take place at Soho Restaurant & Music Club, follows a screening of a documentary film, 'Music Man Murray'.
Van Dyke will perform accompanied by an upright bassist. Door/show time tbc.
Dates and venues as follows:
Thursday, 16 February, 2012 @ The Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL
Saturday, 18 February, 2012 @ The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta, GA
Sunday, 19 February, 2012 @ Performing Arts Center, 230 River Road, Athens, GA — Mountain Stage presents a Tribute to Vic Chesnutt. www.uga.edu/pac/
The categories are:
Best Instrumental Composition for 'The Note of Hope' — Van Dyke Parks and Rob Wasserman
Best Instrumental Arrangement for 'The Note of Hope' — Van Dyke Parks
"An extraordinary achievement that defies generic pigeonholing." — The Australian
The concert is to raise funds for Japan's music student programs hit hard by the Tsunami.
Also on the bill (so far) are Sam Phillips and Eric Gorfain's The Section string quartet.
"The roster of collaborators represented here is dizzying — Little Feat, Arlo Guthrie, Sal Valentino, Bonnie Raitt singing calypso — and hearing Parks' unifying hand presiding over this collision of styles makes for a wonderful way to experience the art of his arrangements; their lushness, their invention, how they provide the texture and teeth to a composition."
To read the full review by Jayson Greene, please take a meander over to the Pitchfork website...
Plus Michael Slenske of interviewmagazine.com talks to Van Dyke on the release of his new compilation album, as well as other aspects of his life and work. "Before the release, Parks discussed the new work, the old work, and his upcoming tour with Fleet Foxes. Yes, the hits just keep on coming."
To read Michael's interview, please visit interviewmagazine.com...
Arrangements, Volume 1 will be released on both CD and 180gm Vinyl. For further details including tracklisting, artists, and information on ordering, please go to the Arrangements page...
When Van Dyke asked longtime friend Klaus Voormann to illustrate the sleeve art for a new release of one of his classic songs 'The All Golden', Klaus was excited and inspired by the song title to create a wonderful and romantic painting. The release is part of VDP's ongoing series of 7" Singles.
Klaus' sleeve art painting for 'The All Golden' may be viewed on the Singles Gallery page...
Van Dyke Parks will conduct a chamber orchestra to accompany Inara George's "An Invitation" at LA's Getty Museum, on November 5th. The show will include choreography and aerial ballet.
The event, sponsored by the Getty Foundation, is free admission, with no reserved seating.
Part 1 of the evening, curated by David Piltch, features the talents of Jay Bellerose, Keefus Green, Freddie Koella, Gabe Noel, Tim Young, and many more.
Part 2 is billed as a "Special Engagement with Van Dyke Parks". DJ for the evening will be David Holmes. Click to view poster for full details...... (Opens in new browser window)
"[VDP] is musically, philosophically, politically, socially, and historically trustworthy. One of those guys you only dream of working with. Rather than thinking of Woody's legacy, you think, my God, now I'm a part of HIS legacy." — Nora Guthrie
Based on many of Guthrie's unpublished writings, the collection features Rob Wasserman in collaboration with Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, Kurt Elling, Michael Franti, Nellie McKay, Tom Morello, Van Dyke Parks, Madeleine Peyroux, Lou Reed, Pete Seeger and more.
The collection kicks off with the evocative Van Dyke Parks instrumental arrangement 'The Note of Hope' and closes with 'You Know the Night', contributed by Jackson Browne. Read more...... (External link)
The legendary artist, composer and producer Van Dyke Parks played a one-off UK concert on May 16 at the London Islington Union Chapel, to launch a unique series of 7" vinyl singles, each illustrated by some of the most important modern artists of the time.
The iconic musician, who has been at the heart of some of the great albums of the last 50 years including Brian Wilson's 'lost' masterpiece SMiLE, Randy Newman and Ry Cooder's first recordings, and Joanna Newsom's critically acclaimed 2006 album YS, intends to release 6 new 45rpm singles over the course of 2011.
Van Dyke has commissioned some of the top contemporary artists in America to illustrate each single with what he describes as: "a work of art that relates to the music within."
The artists announced include:
Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/author whose award winning graphic novel 'Maus' helped define the way Parks looks at life.
Ed Ruscha, of Los Angeles, like Charles Ray, an 8-figure visual artist dominating the American Art scene.
Frank Holmes, who created the sleeve artwork for the 'lost' Beach Boys album SMiLE over 40 years ago.
Charles Ray, whose 'Boy with Frog' overlooking Venice is the new hot topic over the Grand Canal.
Billy Edd Wheeler, the Alpha songwriter and vernacular artist, of the Appalachian Smokey Mountains.
Sally Parks, Van Dyke Parks' wife, whose Mississippi birthright and ability as a watercolourist has made her the perfect candidate for Parks' new song about Katrina, called 'Missin' Missippi'.
The first singles to be released are 'Dreaming of Paris', with art by Ed Ruscha, and 'Wall Street' illustrated by Art Spiegelman. Of the singles, Van Dyke Parks said: "They are from highly different genres, each of them. They don't cohere. They belong somewhere. But the emphasis on the visual art is a big, big deal. These are the pre-eminent American artists of our time. We're calling it Nouveau Niche." Find out more......
VDP has confirmed the release on Bananastan of a compilation album of some of his greatest arrangements. Van Dyke Parks Arrangements, Volume 1 will contain 15 songs featuring artists including Ry Cooder, Arlo Guthrie, Little Feat, Sal Valentino, Mojo Men, Dino Martin, and Van Dyke himself.
Tentative full release Summer 2011 — 4 VDP tracks available NOW from iTunes. Read more......
VDP 'double-billed' with Kinky Friedman this summer at the following Australian venues......
Friday 10 and Saturday 11
The Basement, Sydney,
New South Wales
Lizotte's, Dee Why,
New South Wales
New South Wales
The Toff In Town, Melbourne,
The Prince Of Wales, St Kilda,
The Toff In Town, Melbourne,
Monday 20 and Tuesday 21
The Brass Monkey, Cronulla,
New South Wales
New South Wales
Friday 24 and Saturday 25
The Visy Theatre, New Farm,
Live at Joe's, Eumundi, Queensland
Artbar, Gallery of Western Australia,
Perth, Western Australia