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20 May
2012


Antony and the Johnsons will release CUT THE WORLD on August 7th on Secretly Canadian (August 6th in the UK). Antony and the Johnsons: CUT THE WORLD is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band’s 4 full length albums (SWANLIGHTS, THE CRYING LIGHT, I AM A BIRD NOW, S/T). Recorded in Copenhagen, DK with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, CUT THE WORLD features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony.

Additionally the title track “Cut The World” is featured here for the first time. It is one of Antony’s new songs for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramović and Willem Dafoe.

CUT THE WORLD was recorded live on September 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen, DK and represents Antony’s continued meditation on light, nature & femininity. Antony discusses his ideas on the track “Future Feminism”, a speech he made during one of the concerts. Addressing the affects of patriarchy on the global ecology, Antony explores the possibility of shifting towards feminine systems of governance in a gesture to restore our world.

Track Listing:

Cut The World
Future Feminism
Cripple and the Starfish
You Are My Sister
Swanlights
Epilepsy Is Dancing
Another World
Kiss My Name
I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy
The Rapture
The Crying Light
Twilight

TOUR DATES:
06/02/12 – Moscow, Russia – Ahmad Tea Festival with Novaya Opera Orchestra
06/05/12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Holland Festival with The Metropole Orchestra
07/03/12 – Paris, France – Salle Pleyel with L’ Orchestre National d’Ile de France
07/06/12 – Lyon, France – Théâtre antique de Fourvière with Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon
07/09/12 – Istanbul, Turkey – Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater with Philharmonia Istanbul
07/11/12 – Gent, Belgium – Gent Jazz Festival with The Metropole Orchestra
07/13/12 – Ostrawa, Czech Republic – Colours of Ostrawa Festival with The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
07/15/12 – Joensuu, Finland – Ilosaarirock Festival with The Joensuu City Orchestra
07/19/12 – Molde, Norway – Molde Jazz Festival with The Trondheim Solistene
07/22/12 – San Sebastian, Spain – Jazzaldia Festival with The Et Incarnatus Orkestra
07/25/12 – Lisbon, Portugal – Cascais Music Festival with The Orquestra Sinfonietta de Lisboa
07/28/12 – Lucern, Switzerland – Blue Balls Festival and orchestra
08/03/12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Music and Arts Festival with The Swedish National Radio Orchestra
08/01-12/12 – London, England – MELTDOWN: Antony curates MELTDOWN at The Southbank Centre

http://antonyandthejohnsons.com/

02 Nov
2011

The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned artist/musician Antony to conceive, produce, and perform a large-scale concert and performance event, Swanlights, with Antony and the Johnsons, on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26 performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’ albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

This month also sees a work-in-progress screening of TURNING, a film by Charles Atlas and Antony on November 11th at Copenhagen’s Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX. In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas toured Europe with a concert and live video portrait of 13 women from New York City. The Guardian called their presentation at The Barbican, “fragile, life affirming, and truly wonderful (five stars).” Le Monde in Paris hailed the performance at the Olympia as “Concert-manifeste transsexuel.” The film TURNING explores the heart of that performance. Through its synthesis of Antony´s songs and unfurling video portraiture of the beauties who performed on stage, TURNING creates an intimate and cinematic experience exploring the themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence.

Since being awarded the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize in 2005, Antony has collaborated with musicians including Björk, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Boy George, CocoRosie, and Lou Reed, and recently he has performed with symphonies around the world. Reed has said, “When I first heard him I knew I was in the presence of an angel.” Anderson adds, “Two words and he has broken your heart. When he sings it is the most exquisite thing you will hear in your life.”

Following its acclaimed presentation at the 2009 Manchester International Festival, the group’s performance of Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light was included in the exhibition 100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009) at MoMA PS1, which was organized by Klaus Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg, Performa Director and Curator.

Last summer, Antony was the musical director and a performer in the critically lauded The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, directed by Robert Wilson. This piece will tour Madrid, Amsterdam, Basel and Antwerp in Spring 2012.

As a visual artist, Antony has exhibited drawings at Palais Des Beaux Arts in Belgium, Isis Gallery in London, Accademia Albertina in Turin and the Triennale in Milan. Antony’s premier exhibit of drawings in the US will be held at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in January 2012, curated by James Elaine.

Tickets to Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights will go on-sale to the public on Saturday, November 12, at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster phone charge at 1-866-858-0008, and online at www.radiocity.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Ticket prices are $35.00 to $70.00. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for $95.00, which include premium seating and a copy of the Swanlights publication (Abrams Image). All ticket and package prices subject to applicable fees and service charges.

SPONSORSHIP
Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights was made possible by the generous support of MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

PRAISE FOR ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS
“He’s incredible. As you see him do it, you don’t know what produced this…sublime creature. It’s so original the sound of his voice, and the presence of the man is very very compelling.”
-Leonard Cohen

“[The Crying Light is] the most personal environmentalist statement possible, making an unforeseen connection between queer culture’s identity politics and the green movement. As music, it’s simply exquisite.” -LA Times

“…one of the greatest living vocalists.” -The Sun, 5 out of 5 stars for Swanlights

“…in these intense and hushed pieces, he has created an exalted world entirely his own.” -The Daily News

TOUR DATES:
11/11/11 Copenhage, DK – Teater Bremen – TURNING Documentary Premiere
01/26/12 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall – Swanlights Performance

http://antonyandthejohnsons.com/

11 Apr
2011

Antony and the Johnsons will release the “Swanlights” EP digitally and on 10”via Secretly Canadian on April 26. A CD version is forthcoming. The 10” vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, April 16. The EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never as well as two exclusive b-sides. Antony’s sister, Sara Hegarty, directed the “Swanlights” video. It contains excerpts from the forthcoming film “The Last Hymn” featuring Sierra Paris. Antony has described the concept of swanlights as “the reflection of light on the surface of the water at night and the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a violet ghost. “ See the video here (Pitchfork).

Antony and the Johnsons performed at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA on March 2. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas and bringing together people in the technology, entertainment and design fields. The TED site has photos of the special performance here.

Also, Matmos has joined the team for the forthcoming production of “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic” which includes Antony, Marina Abromovic, Willem Dafoe, and Robert Wilson. The show features scenes from Abramović’s life and career, from her Serbian childhood to her work as a performance artist. It also features original and traditional music, including songs written and performed by Antony.

Antony and the Johnsons released their latest album, “Swanlights” last October on Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image simultaneously released a special edition of “Swanlights” that includes the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

“Swanlights” EP Tracklist
1 – Swanlights
2 – Find The Rhythm Of Your Love
3 – Kissing Noone
4 – Swanlights OPN edit

www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

24 Feb
2011

Antony and the Johnsons will release the “Swanlights” EP digitally and on 10”via Secretly Canadian on April 26. A CD version is forthcoming. The 10” vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, April 16. The EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never as well as two exclusive b-sides. Antony’s sister, Sara Hegarty, directed the “Swanlgihts” video. Antony has described the concept of swanlights as “the reflection of light on the surface of the water at night and the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a violet ghost. “

Antony and the Johnsons have also announced a performance at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA on March 2. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas and bringing together people in the technology, entertainment and design fields.

Antony and the Johnsons released their latest album, “Swanlights” last October on Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image simultaneously released a special edition of “Swanlights” that includes the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

“Swanlights” EP Tracklist
1 – Swanlights
2 – Find The Rhythm Of Your Love
3 – Kissing Noone
4 – Swanlights OPN edit

10 Jan
2011

Antony and the Johnsons have just announced a performance at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA on March 1. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas and bringing together people in the technology, entertainment and design fields.

Antony recently collaborated with artists Inez and Vinoodh, whom have photographed him in the past, on a short video. While shooting the fall/winter 2010/2011 Balmain campaign staring Kate Moss, the pair set up surveillance cameras without anyone’s knowledge to capture her performance. They then edited and added animation to the footage, which became the short film Everglade, named after the Antony and the Johnsons song that serves as its soundtrack. The film can be seen here.

Antony and the Johnsons are working on a forthcoming EP and video due out on Secretly Canadian this spring. They released their latest album, “Swanlights” last October on Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image simultaneously released a special edition of “Swanlights” that includes the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

12 Oct
2010

Following the success of last year’s The Crying Light, the Mercury Prize winning Antony and the Johnsons release their 4th album Swanlights on Secretly Canadian to heaps of critical praise. Swanlights may be Antony’s most wide-rangingly emotional work to date. It is a record that is at moments heartbreakingly tender, and at other times has a joyful gleam to its teeth. Included on the album is “Flétta”, an Icelandic duet with Antony’s fellow avant-garde singer/songwriter Björk. A special edition, which includes a 144-page hardcover book of Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing, is also out today and available through Abrams Image.

In celebration of the release of Swanlights, Antony premiered the new video for “The Spirit Was Gone” on Pitchfork today. The track is also available on RCRD LBL where it premiered today. Antony and the Johnsons performed the album’s lead single, “Thank You for Your Love”, on The Late Show with David Letterman this past Friday. In addition to Swanlights streaming in its entirety on AOL Spinner and RollingStone.com, Antony is taking over The Guardian all week. The site will feature interviews with Antony and Marina Abromovic and Björk as well as exclusive videos. See the takeover here.

09 Oct
2010

Antony and the Johnsons performed “Thank You For Your Love” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Check it out and pick up the Thank You For Your Love EP on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

08 Sep
2010

Antony and the Johnsons will play their only North American live show of 2010 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, October 30. They will be performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, which will be conducted by Rob Moose. Chiaki Nagano’s film “Mr. O’s Book of the Dead” starring Kazuo Ohno will be featured during the performance. The performance kicks off Lincoln Center’s White Light Fest. Tickets can be purchased here.

Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

They also recently released the “Thank You for Your Love” EP and video. The five-track EP is also available on Secretly Canadian and includes Bob Dylan and John Lennon covers. The EP’s artwork and the title track’s video feature photographs and footage taken by Antony wheh he first arrived to NYC as a teenager in the early 90s.

www.swanlights.com
www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

20 Aug
2010

Antony and the Johnsons are releasing the video for “Thank You For Your Love” today. The video is comprised of Super 8 footage that Antony shot when he first arrived to New York City as a teenager in the early 1990′s. The video premiered today on Pitchfork and can also be seen here.

The song is the title-track of Antony’s forthcoming EP that is being released in the UK and Europe by Rough Trade on August 23rd and on August 24th in North America by Secretly Canadian. It is also the lead single from Antony’s next album “Swanlights” due out October 11 in the UK and Europe and October 12 in North America. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up at www.swanlights.com.

On October 12, Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

www.swanlights.com
www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

06 Aug
2010

Antony and the Johnsons will release their five track EP “Thank You For Your Love” on August 24th via Secretly Canadian. The title-track is the lead single from the forthcoming album “Swanlights” also being released by Secretly Canadian on October 12. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP will be available for sale on August 5th. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up here.

    Download the title-track here for the price of an email!

On “Thank You For Your Love”, Antony expresses a soul-infused cry of gratitude, but the song progresses into urgency, leaving behind the 4/4 rhythms and breaking into an emotional gallop that reveals an underlying pathos. “You Are The Treasure” is the calm after the storm, “My Lord My Love” closes the A side as a song for a lost childhood. The B side features two unusual covers accompanied by Kevin Barker on Acoustic Guitar, the first is Bob Dylan’s “Pressing On”, Antony’s take is sweet, upbeat and beautiful. “Imagine” collaboration with avant-garde ambient composer William Basinski is a foreboding take on John Lennon’s hallowed song.

Artwork for the EP features photographs Antony took when he first arrived in NYC as a teenager in the early 90’s.

Antony and the Johnsons will also release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

“Thank You For Your Love” Track List

1. Thank You For Your Love
2. You Are The Treasure
3. My Lord My Love
4. Pressing On
5. Imagine

www.swanlights.com
www.antonyandthejohnsons.com