Composer confirms London date

American composer Van Dyke Parks has announced a one off show in London.

Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks is one of America’s most unique composers. Strongly entrenched within a songwriting tradition, his work nonetheless pushes back the boundaries of where the tradition lies.

Famously assisting Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys’ doomed ‘Smile’ album, Van Dyke Parks has gone on to have a long and varied career. Announcing details of a new project, the composer has followed this by confirming details of a one off London show.

Van Dyke Parks is set to perform in London on May 16th. The special show is set to be held inside Islington’s Union Chapel, with the composer drawing on the full force of his lengthy career.

Aside from work with Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks has also teamed up with Joanna Newsom, Ry Cooder and more. Now the composer intends to burst back into action, after launching a plan to release five singles.

Each release will be a collaboration, with Van Dyke Parks sharing the single with a respected artist. Amongst the confirmed visual artists for the project is Frank Holmes, who produced the unused sleeve for ‘Smile’ back in 1966.

Elsewhere, Charles Ray is due to work on the project while Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/ author Art Spiegelman will follow his life affirming ‘Maus’ series with a Van Dyke Parks collaboration.

The list also includes appearances from Billy Edd Wheeler, Ed Ruscha and Van Dyke Parks wife, Sally Parks.

The first single to be released from the series is set to be titled ‘Dreaming Of Paris’ with Ed Ruscha providing the illustration. “They are from highly different genres, each of them. They don’t cohere. They belong somewhere” explained the composer. “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.”

Van Dyke Parks is set to play the following show:

May
16 London Islington Union Chapel

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