November 11th, 2014: To celebrate today's release of the TURNING documentary and concert on DVD+CD, during the month of December, Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas’ “You Are My Sister” will be featured each night at 11:57pm as part of the Midnight Moment program, a massive digital art gallery on the electronic billboards of Times Square presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts. The film will count down the final three minutes of each day leading up to New Year’s Eve. More info to come.
A special screening of TURNING will take place on November 21st at 7pm at Charles Atlas’ Luhring Augustine gallery in Brooklyn. For more information, visit here.
October 28th, 2014: Antony and Charles Atlas recently did an interview with Dangerous Minds about the upcoming release of TURNING. The review and interview can be seen here. Additionally Antony sat down with Billboard & The Quietus. More to come.
October 6th, 2014:
TURNING - A concert film documentary captured during the critically acclaimed tour of Europe by Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas during the fall of 2006, it explores the heart and experience of that series of performances. Through its synthesis of Antony’s songs and Atlas' unfurling video portraiture of the 13 women who performed on stage, TURNING is an intimate and cinematic journey exploring themes of identity, transcendence, and the revelation of a revolutionary feminine essence.
TURNING saw its theatrical release from fall 2011-summer 2012, premiering at festivals, including Meltdown in London, The Melbourne Festival in Melbourne, DOC NYC in New York and CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, amongst others. Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade will now co-release a deluxe edition of the TURNING dvd to coincide with select tv screenings around the world. This will include a cd of the complete audio recording of the TURNING concert, live at The Barbican in London in November 2006. The concert contains songs from the first three Antony and the Johnsons’ full length albums – Antony and the Johnsons, I Am A Bird Now, and The Crying Light, as performed by an ensemble of musicians including Maxim Moston, Rob Moose, Julia Kent, Parker Kindred, Jeff Langston and Thomas Bartlett. The cd will also feature two rare Antony and the Johnsons studio recordings from that period.
September 4th, 2014:
Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, Bianca Casady and Sierra Casady present
FUTURE FEMINISM: 13 Tenets of Future Feminism
Exhibition and Event Series
Thurs Sept 11 : Opening 6-9PM
The Hole // 312 Bowery New York NY 212.466.1100
Doors open 7:45pm / Performance Begins 8 pm
Antony is part of a group show at Sikkema Jenkins in NYC called "Works on Paper". The exhibition is open now thru October 4th. More info can be found here.
June 25th, 2014: We have added a fourth concert of Swanlights on July 21st at Teatro Real in Madrid. Please see here for ticketing information.
March 27th, 2014: The Great Barrier Reef: an Obituary
Last year Antony wrote a song about the disappearing Great Barrier Reef for Lynette Walworth’s film “Coral: Rekindling Venus"
March 18th, 2014: Antony is proud to be a part of David Tibet's fantastic new album, Current 93: I am the Last of All the Field That Fell. Support the artist and buy it direct here. You can hear a preview of the song featuring Antony here.
March 9th, 2014: Antony visited a group of Martu elders in the Western Australian desert last November and collaborated with artist/film-maker Lynette Wallworth in responding to the Martu women's painting process. The resulting film is now being exhibited, along with the exquisite large canvas that was rendered for the occasion, as a part of this year's Adelaide Festival.
A review from raven contemporary.org:
“It is special to teach others, Martu and non-Martu, how we live”, reads the wall text for the Martu artists’ spectacular 5 x 3 metre painting, Yarrkalpa (Hunting ground) Scale 1:2500 (or thereabouts). This work warrants special mention, not only for the astounding beauty, colour and light that the Martu women’s painting throws over the whole show. It’s also paired with some of the best collaborative work exploring Indigenous art I’ve come across, from Lynette Wallworth and Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons fame). Wallworth’s slow and atmospheric video work paired with Antony’s ethereal soundtrack is striking in its ability to capture the Martu women’s process and their connection with country."
January 23rd, 2014: Watch this wonderful documentary about Marsha P. Johnson, the saint of Sheridan Square, and the namesake of Antony's band. "Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson"
January 9th, 2014: Antony on BBC4's Loose Ends last year
Antony: People can more easily imagine the collapse of the ecology than we can imagine a shift in our systems of governance, like a shift away from capitalism... a shift towards more feminine systems of governance.
Clive Anderson: Are you guys calling for more women to be involved, or for more men to be more in touch with their feminine side, or for the structures to be more related to both sexes or the feminine sex?
Antony: All of the above. I am calling for a seismic shift in the ratio of women in the highest seats of corporate and civic governance, and we are asking men, using myself as an example, to retreat to the interior, and to examine their seat of privilege and examine the systems of power that they are operating within, and not to take it for granted, but to dismantle it, to deconstruct it, in order to better serve their families and their communities, and even to [better] serve their own interests.
Program available here.
January 1st, 2014:
Angel on Fire
warm my heart
warm my heart
December 13th, 2013: Two paintings by Antony are now on view at the Louvre in Paris as part of an exhibition curated by Robert Wilson from the Watermill collection. The show, entitled "Living Rooms", also includes work by Paul Thek, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, Dash Snow, Clementine Hunter, Malick Sidibe, Larry Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright, C. Opie, Man Ray, and a pair of Marlene Dietrich's shoes.
December 10th, 2013: The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic makes it's US Premiere at NYC's Park Avenue Armory this week. Shows run from December 12th - 21st. For ticketing information please see here.
November 26th, 2013: Antony and Franco Battiato played two shows together in Italy this summer and made a recording of some of the live tracks. It is currently available on iTunes in Italy here.
November 19th, 2013: Antony has a track called "Angel on Fire" on the Catching Fire Soundtrack which is out now on iTunes. It is a song that Antony wrote in 1992. The backing track for the song is partly comprised of 4track recording that Antony once used in club performances in NYC.
October 31st, 2013: Lou's last stage performance: Candy Says as a part of Laurie Anderson's Domaine Privé festival at Salle Playel in March. Musical director Steve Bernstein
October 28th, 2013:
Lou was like a father to me. I have never felt so perceived and loved for who I actually am by a man than by Lou Reed. He fought tirelessly for me to have a place in the daylight culture. My career would never have taken off without Lou's tremendous influence. Those close to Lou knew him as a lion-hearted and intensely caring friend. When discussing death a couple of weeks ago, he told me that I was focussed on the wrong thing. His goal especially recently has been to exercise his mental discipline to stay in the present and not be held hostage by fear of an illusory future. He faced death with dignity and courage, and even then remained a teacher and mentor to me. i miss him with all my heart. It is hard for me to reconcile that such a giant could really be gone. Antony October 28th 2013
October 10th, 2013: From The New York Times:
By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say
September 26th, 2013: Antony has a new song called "Angel on Fire" featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack which will be released November 19th. It is available for pre-order here.
August 31st, 2013: Antony's concert in Florence on August 31st and in Verona on September 2nd will feature songs from Antony's catalog and duets with Franco Battiato. The event in Verona is being recorded for a release by Franco. For more information please see the events page.
August 26th, 2013: ANTONY: The Cut will be on display at Maloney Fine Art in Los Angeles September 12th - October 26th with an opening reception on September 12th from 6-8. For further information please see the exhibition page here.
August 8th, 2013: Please see reviews of Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights performance at The Royal Opera House in London with the Britten Sinfonia. Please click the following links for the reviews: The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Telegraph, and a feature on Antony in The Times.
July 3rd, 2013: Yoko Ono on a visit to Antony's exhibition The Cut at Sikkema Jenkins gallery says that this photo is a portrait of her "becoming a part of Antony's work".
June 28th, 2013: Antony's exhibition The Cut has been reviewed by the NY Times. You can see the review here. Antony is a contributor to fellow Future Feminist Bianca Casady's new publication G.A.G. (Girls Against God). For more info please see here.
June 16th, 2013: Antony's exhibition The Cut at Sikkema Jenkins in NYC has been featured in ArtInfo and includes a slide show gallery of some of the work along with a Q&A. The feature can be seen here. This exhibition was listed as pick of the week in this weeks NY Magazine.
June 14th, 2013: This month Antony and Marina Abramovic grace two different covers of The Lab Magazine. Antony is interviewed by Debbie Harry and photographs by Francesco Carrozzini. The Toronto run of The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic kicks off tonight at The Luminato Festival staring Antony, Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramovic. For tickets and information please see here. Later in the month Antony performs "She's So Blue" in Barcelone on 28th and Rome on July 1st. For more info on those events please see the events page here.
May 17th, 2013:
ANTONY: THE CUT
The cut on her face
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to present The Cut, a solo exhibition of work by Antony on view from May 31st through July 12th, 2013. Antony has created a body of work including drawing, collage, and sculpture alongside his critically acclaimed musical career as both a singer and composer. Both his music and visual art are marked by intuitive and accumulative practices that reflect a shared visual and psychological vocabulary. The initial inspiration that provided the framework for the exhibition was a poem written by the artist entitled The Cut, which describes the source of creation as a slit in the sky. The marks that the artist makes on the surface of his artwork can at once be understood as scars as well as applications that have the ability to heal the surface of the paper, fabric, or canvas. A delicate line can be juxtaposed with a harsh application of paint or a torn edge. Many of the works are intimate in scale and ephemeral in their materiality, but they are monumental in the emotional depth that they convey. Like Joseph Beuys, Antony's work originates in personal experience yet it also addresses universal artistic or social ideas and poetically suggests the healing potential of art. For further information please see here.
May 9th, 2013: ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: SWANLIGHTS will be staged for the first time in London at the Royal Opera House July 25th and 26th. These performances will be backed by the Britten Sinfonia with arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston. This is a collaboration with set designer Carl Robertshaw, light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale and lighting director Emma Weil. For tickets please see here.
March 25th, 2013: Please read this article on a courageous young woman in Tunisia who is threatened with stoning.
February 20th, 2013: The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic is coming to Toronto in June at the Luminato Festival and to The Park Avenue Armory in NYC in December. For more infomation, please see our events page.
February 16th, 2013: Please see Antony's performance of "You Are My Sister" at the San Remo Festival here.
January 30th, 2013: 3 of Antony's drawings are included in a group show in Manhattan at the Clocktower Gallery that is opening February 5th: "Dark Paradise" featuring Antony, Zipora Fried, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Thiago Rocha Pitta,and Patti Smith. Curated by Tim Goossens
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, 6pm – 8pm
January 28th, 2013: Please read this amazing interview. For me, Thich Nhat Hanh is now one of our most important world leaders. He is like an artist in the way he has embodied his beliefs, and speaks so poetically and yet straight-forwardly about our future on the planet. He sees our inability to care for the earth as an indication of our spiritual broken-ness. I love how he seems to talk about the spiritual world and the earth as the same place. - Antony
January 25th, 2013: On March 6th at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Antony will present an evening of songs by other composers. He is working with an ensemble put together by musical director Steve Bernstein of Sexmob. Expect some favorites Antony has sung in the past (including "If It Be Your Will", "Candy Says", and "Child of God") amongst many others.
December 4th, 2012: Antony and Charles Atlas recently did an interview with Paper Magazine discussing their film TURNING. The feature can be seen here. Antony's artwork is also featured in the latest issue of Paper Magazine. Check it out here.
November 28th, 2012: Antony lends vocals on Janitor of Lunacy for X-TG's Desertshore. For more information, please see here.
November 16th, 2012: TURNING screenings through Tuesday November 16 at IFC Center here in NYC. For further information please seen here. Antony and Charles Atlas recently did an interview with Bullett on TURNING, politics, etc. See it here.
October 20th, 2012: The US premier of Antony and Charles Atlas' TURNING film documentary will screen November 11th as part of DOCNYC at the SVA theater in NYC. For ticketing and theater information please see here. Further screenings will take place at IFC Cinema in NYC from November 16th - 22nd. More information on these screenings to come. TURNING will have it's Austrian premier at the Vienna International Film Festival on November 3rd and 4th. For further info please see here.
Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert For Kate McGarrigle will also make it's US premier at DOCNYC. More info here.
October 15th, 2012: There is a review of Antony and the Johnsons performance Swanlights in Melbourne on over at The Age. Please see the article here. The video for CUT THE WORLD has been nominated for a UKMVA in the "Best Alternative" video category. More info here.
October 12th, 2012: Last night was the first performance of Swanlights at The Melbourne Festival. Boy George guest appeared and will do the same tonight. Antony's exhibition Paradise is now open at the Melbourne Festival Arts Center. Paradise will be on display until Saturday October 27th. For more details plase click here. This coming Tuesday, TURNING will have it's Australian premier at The Australian Center for the Moving Image as part of the Melbourne Festival. The screening will be followed with a Q&A. More details here. In addition, Lynette Wallworth's film Coral: Rekindling Venue will be screened at the Melbourne Planetarium as part of the Melbourne Festival on Monday October 15th. For more information please see here.
September 20th, 2012: Check out the "Director's Cut" of CUT THE WORLD on over at Pitchfork.
September 4th, 2012: Antony was blown away by this gorgeous rendition of "Bird Gerhl" by the young singer Birdie and the riveting dance by David Toole from the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony. Birdie's performance begins at 3hr 11min.
August 6th, 2012: Antony and the Johnsons - CUT THE WORLD video Directed by Nabil, staring Willem Dafoe, Carice van Houten and Marina Abramovic.
August 1st, 2012: Antony takes over Dazed Digital this week featuring articles everyday, so far including interviews with Laurie Anderson, Planningtorock, Cyclobe, Antony and Buffy Sainte-Marie! Antony is also featured in The Skinny and Metro. Check out Dazed here,The Skinny here, and Metro here.
Antony recently said on his choices for Meltdown, "I want to create a kind of paradise. I want to walk through that forest and see and hear the hardcore beauty and strength in art and music that makes sense to me. The weather is changing and everybody knows it. I want to participate What is my relationship and responsibility to the world around me? Frontier expressions of emotion and beauty can be fantastic tools with which to enter that discussion."
July 31st, 2012: Antony's Meltdown lineup is featured in The Guardian. Check it out here and full lineup details for Meltdown below.
July 28th, 2012: Due to circumstances out of our control, our performance tonight at KKL in Luzern has been canceled. Tickets can be returned to the place of purchase from August 3rd - September 31st, 2012. After that date no ticket returns will be accepted. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and we hope to play in Luzern again soon.
July 8th, 2012: Antony on MELTDOWN 2012 - "I dreamed of assembling a constellation of courageous artists, all of whom have used their platforms as cultural producers to challenge us," says Hegarty of his chosen line-up. "They have exhibited a ferocity in their pursuit of beauty, and, falling like a guillotine behind it, justice.
"Today I am among a group of artists from NYC (some of whom are performing at this Meltdown Festival) who reject patriarchy in its myriad virulent and apocalyptic manifestations, and who advocate for a fundamental shift towards the feminine in all our systems and structures of governance. We have named this approach Future Feminism."
Antony recently recorded "Landslide" for the Fleetwood Mac tribute album called "Just Tell Me That You Want Me" which will be released by Concord Records on August 14th. You can hear the "Landslide" cover here.
June 23rd, 2012: Here is a picture of Antony and cast of The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic meeting Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands after their performance last night at Le Carre in Amsterdam.
May 31st, 2012: Antony recently collaborated with CocoRosie on a new song called "Tearz for Animals" on their upcoming single "We Are On Fire". You can hear the track here.
May 26th, 2012: Antony has contributed a new song titled "Rise" to the film CORAL REKINDLING VENUS directed by Lynette Wallworth about the diminishing coral reef systems. To support the quest to save the world’s coral reefs Antony and Lynette are making the song available exclusively from the Coral RKV website. You can see the film's trailer, hear "Rise" and donate all on the Coral website.
May 18th, 2012:
May 18th, 2012:
CUT THE WORLD
Antony and the Johnsons will release CUT THE WORLD through Rough Trade August 6th and August 7th via Secretly Canadian. 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 Abramovi? directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi? 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.
Cut The World
May 1st, 2012: Antony's MELTDOWN festival line-up at the Southbank Centre in London has been announced and includes: Diamanda Galas, Planningtorock + Light Asylum, Selda, Laurie Anderson, Cocorosie, Cyclobe, Myrninerest, Marina Abramovic, Elizabeth Fraser, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joey Arias, Marc Almond, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black + Tenderloin, Charles Atlas: TURNING premiere with Antony, William Basinski, Hal Wilner Freedom Rides. More events to be announced soon. For further information including membership options please see the MELTDOWN website.
March 24th, 2012: Antony and Shalom Harlow are featured in this months I-D Magazine "Royalty Issue" shot by Daniele Duella + Iango Henzi.
March 14th, 2012: Antony to currate MELTDOWN at The South Bank Centre in London August 1st - 12th. More info to come.
February 8th, 2012: Here are some recent reviews from Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights performance at Radio City Music Hall on January 26th, 2012. New York Times, The Huffington Post, Brooklyn Vegan, Village Voice, Black Book, and Art In America. Antony was interviewed by Klaus Bisenbach of The MoMA for the Radio City show which can be seen here.
February 3rd, 2012: Antony will be performing for the Tibet House 22nd Annual Benefit at Carnegie Hall February 13th. Show and ticketing information can be found here. Antony will be a guest performer with Sissy Nobby in Krems at the Donau Festival April 28th. For ticketing and show information please see the events page.
January 25th, 2012: Antony recently did an interview with W Magazine about working with Ohne Titel who designed Antony's costume for his January 26th performance at Radio City Music Hall. You can see the article here. Antony also spoke with Art Info, NY Times Magazine and Time Out NY leading up to his performance at Radio City.
January 17th, 2012: Antony recently did a series of interviews with V Magazine, W Magazine, Interview Magazine and Out Magazine ahead of Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights performance at Radio City Music Hall on January 26th. Tickets are still available here.
November 12th, 2011: HAMMER PROJECTS: ANTONY January 22nd-May 13th
Hammer Projects: Antony is his first one-person museum exhibition in the US and will feature collages and drawings made between 2004 to 2011. This exhibition will be presented at The Hammer Museum's Vault Gallery in Los Angeles and opens January 22nd running through May 13th. The exhibition is organized by guest curator James Elaine.
ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: SWANLIGHTS Performance at Radio City Music Hall on-sale now
November 1st, 2011: ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: SWANLIGHTS One-Night-Only Performance Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art at Radio City Music Hall January 26th
The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned Antony and the Johnsons to perform Swanlights, on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26th 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. Klaus Biesenbach spoke with The New York Times today about the upcoming event.
Tickets go on-sale November 12th at 10a.m. For further information please see our events page.
October 29th, 2011:
A work-in-progress screening of Antony and Charles Atlas' tour documentary film TURNING is being presented at the closing night gala at CPH:DOX on November 11th in Copenhagen. Click on the image above for further information on the screening.
Produced by Bullitt Film and Turning Film in association with BeoFilm With the support of Danish Filminstitute and Nordisk Film & TV Fund.
October 26th, 2011: Antony and Jessica 6 have teamed up on a video for "Prisoner of Love", the bands newest single. For an exclusive look at the video head on over to Interview. Antony will be performing this week with 3 Teens Kill 4 in NYC. For more info please click here.
October 2nd, 2011: Antony and the Johnsons are playing a series of symphony events in Italy and Norway showcasing arrangements by Antony, Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston. The first concert was in Bari at the Frontier Festival on October 1st, Fondazione per Roma in Rome on October 3rd followed by the UKA Festival in Trondheim on October 8th, and at Spektrum in Oslo on October 11th. All concerts are conducted by Rob Moose and include lighting by Paul Normandale, lasers by Chris Levine with set design by Carl Robertshaw. Please see the events page for further information.
Antony recently did a series of interviews with Italian press. La Repubblica's interview can be seen here.
September 1st, 2011: Antony and the Johnsons are playing Friday September 2nd and 3rd in Copenhagen with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rob Moose with special lighting by Paul Normandale and Chris Levine. For tickets please visit here and for information on Chris Levine please see his site here.
July 12th, 2011: Antony was interviewed by Linda Yablonsky for The Art Newspaper. See the article here.
July 9th, 2011: The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic opens tonight in Manchester at The Manchester International Festival. Show info and tickets can be found here.
June 28th, 2011: Antony was recently interviewed for Pitchfork's new feature "5-10-15-20". You can see the feature here.
June 22nd, 2011: Antony and the Johnsons announce 4 upcoming symphony events this fall. October 1st in Bari, Italy, October 3rd in Rome, Italy, October 8th in Trondheim, Norway and October 11th in Oslo, Norway. Ticketing and show infomation can be found on our events page.
June 21st, 2011: Antony is featured in W Magazine's July issue. Please see below for more details.
June 6th, 2011: Antony was interviewed by Anders Botter on Danish National Radio recently in Copenhagen. You can hear the interview here.
May 5th, 2011: Antony has contributed vocals on Jessica 6's latest single "Prisoner of Love" off their upcoming album "See the Light" coming out June 7th. You can here their duet here.
April 16th, 2011: We are happy to announce that the "Swanlights" 10" is now available through Record Store Day participating stores. Digital downloads of the EP will be available April 26th and a CD version is to come.
April 13th, 2011: Antony will be joining Rufus and Martha Wainwright for "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle" May 12th and 13th at Town Hall in NYC. Ticketing info can be found here.
April 11th, 2011: Antony and the Johnsons have added two more orchestra concerts in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2nd and 3rd at the DR Concert House with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Ticketing and show info can be found here. The upcoming summer orchestra events will be a culmination of their work to date featuring arrangements from the most recent release "Swanlights" and previous releases. Please see our upcoming events page for further infomation.
We are pleased to announce the premiere of Antony and the Johnsons "Swanlights" video directed and produced by Sara Hegarty. Footage is taken from her upcoming film "The Last Hymn" featuring Sierra Paris. Please click here to see the video. Pitchfork has described the video as "gorgeous, highly impressionistic".
Go on over to the TED Blog for some pics from Antony and the Johnsons most recent performance in March at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA.
March 30th, 2011: Please see Antony and Yoko's performance of "I Love You Earth" from last nights benefit for Japan at Le Poisson Rouge.
March 24th, 2011: Antony will join the Plastic Ono Band at Yoko Ono's benefit for Japan at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday March 29th. Ticketing and benefit information can be found here. We are also happy to announce that MATMOS will be joining us for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic premiering at The Manchester International Festival in July.
March 2nd, 2011: Antony and the Johnsons are set to perform tonight in Long Beach, CA at the TED conference. Please check the TED website for further information.
February 24th, 2011:
Antony and the Johnsons will release their four track EP “Swanlights” on 10" April 16th through Record Store Day followed by releases through Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade on April 26th. The EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never and two exclusive B-sides. The CD version will include the Swanlights music video directed and produced by Sara Hegarty.
1 - Swanlights
January 26th, 2011: Givenchy's Spring 2011 Couture show was inspired by the work of Kazuo Ohno and most recently by the film "Mr. O's Book of the Dead" directed by Chiaki Nagano and starring Kazuo Ohno which Antony screened as the backdrop to last October's special event concert in New York City. To find out more information and see slides from Givenchy's show please see here.
January 14th, 2011: Antony will be on Studio 360 discussing Kazuo Ohno. Please click here for more info.
January 13th, 2011: Antony has collaborated with J. Ralph on the soundtrack to "Wretches and Jabberers" with a song called "Killingly Hard". You can find the soundtrack here. More information of the film can be found here.
January 6th, 2011: Everglade appears in Inez & Vinoodh's stakeout of Kate Moss on nowness.com. Check it out here.
January 5th, 2011: Antony will appear on VPRO (Dutch National Television) in a program called "Winterguests" Saturday January 8th at 1:55PM. You can view a sneak peak here.
December 14th, 2010:
Climate change is warming the poles faster than many other places on the planet, which means that polar scientists are coming to grips with these changes sooner than most anyone else.
Now, the long carbonic reach of industrialized society is quickly wiping out one of the toughest creatures on earth, a species that’s hard-wired to the polar desert and cannot adapt.
Adélie penguins, like other polar species, have always faced daunting challenges. But today, Adélies are confronting conditions for which nothing in their evolutionary history has prepared them. According to Fraser, the colonies around Palmer Station have reached a tipping point: they’ll be gone within his lifetime.
“Fraser’s Penguins,” portions of which appeared in The New Yorker, warns that what’s happening on the Antarctic Peninsula now is a taste of unsettling changes, elsewhere, to come. Should the West Antarctic Ice Sheet continue to melt, global sea levels could rise dramatically, in one NASA scientist’s opinion inundating Washington — and other coastal cities — by the end of this century.
excerpts from December 12th NY Times
November 4th, 2010: Here is an extended interview with Antony on 3Sat, and in response to the rumors that Antony is "retiring", they are not true.
October 15th, 2010: This is Antony's performance of Thank You For Your Love from Friday October 15th's taping of Later with Jools Holland.
October 15th, 2010: Antony will perform today on NPR's Soundcheck at 2:30PM EST.
October 14th, 2010: Antony's takeover of The Guardian Music page will be adding it's final postings tomorrow with an essay on Copenhagen by Jerry Mander, a video by Charles Atlas of NY star Page, and a feature on Kembra Pfahler for the Volptuous Horror of Karen Black. Click below to go to the takeover homepage.
October 13th, 2010: Antony performed "Thank You For Your Love" last night on Later with Jools Holland. The program will re-air Friday October 15th on BBC2.
Antony would like to respond to the article in El Pais yesterday:
"I would just like to say that I suspect the translation of my interview was a bit rough, and the artistic statement I made was in reference to myself: "As a transgendered person, I am like a wild animal, beyond the realm of Christians and patriarchies." I never said that "Transsexuals are wild animals" as the title suggests.
I also expressed my strong desire to move towards the feminine in our empathetic relationship with each other and our environment. I believe that such a direction might help us to navigate the problems that we are facing now as a species.
Christianity and other religions have historically cast nature itself as female. It is no secret that almost all the world's religions are structured and governed by hierarchies of men. They have sought to subjugate the feminine and redirect our focus towards themselves as the spiritual conduits who can teach us of paradise elsewhere, beyond the realm of this life. But our intuitive sense of connection to the natural world is precisely what we need to re-engage now if we hope to overcome our alienation and restore balance to our relationship with the ecology of our home, the Earth.
It is true that women have also supported patriarchal systems throughout the course of history. However, I would like to propose that this would be a very good time to lean upon and empower the feminine wisdom of circles of women, grandmothers, sisters... I believe that a massive change in the consciousness of all people on this planet will be necessary if we hope to dismantle the dangerous systems that we have constructed for ourselves and which we are inflicting upon our planet. It is the biological nature of women to tread more carefully on the face of this earth and in relation to one another, and we must search for this feminine power in each of our hearts now. As a transgendered person, I am more aware than most that masculine and feminine properties lie within all of us.
This is why I advocate for a movement toward the feminine in all our systems of operation and governance today.
Thank you for allowing me to clarify my position." - Antony
October 12th, 2010: Antony and the Johnsons to perform tonight on Later with Jools Holland on BBC 2 at 10pm. We are also please to release a music video for "The Spirit Was Gone" directed by Peter Sempel.
October 11th, 2010: We are happy to announce that "Swanlights" is out now and Antony and the Johnsons take over of The Guardian Music pages has begun.
October 8th, 2010: Antony and the Johnsons performed a new version of "Thank You for your Love" tonight on Letterman.
To celebrate the Swanlights album release, Antony will be "taking over" the Guardian music website for a week starting on Monday. We have prepared interviews with Marina Abromovic and Bjork, essays including one on Native American Two Spirit traditions, video debuts by Charles Atlas, Peter Sempel and Antony and the Johnsons, features on several musicians and an art series. We are really excited about it! Check in throughout the week for daily updates.
Antony will be performing next week on Jools Holland in the UK, check back for air date.
October 5th, 2010: Antony writes about the SAVOY track "Shoot Yer Load" for Altered Zones. He also writes a feature in October's WIRE about his favorite record cover, Marc and the Mambas' "Torment" 12".
October 4th, 2010: Have a first listen to Antony and the Johnsons newest release "Swanlights" one week before it's released on The Guardian website along with a slide show of personal shots from Antony's daily life in a feature called "My Week In Pictures".
October 1st, 2010: Antony is collaborating with performance artist Marina Abramovic and director Robert Wilson on a play about Marina's art and life called "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic". For more infomation please see The Manchester International Festival site.
September 8th, 2010: Antony and the Johnsons are excited to announce their upcoming concert at Alice Tully Hall on October 30th in New York City as part of the White Light festival. The concert will be performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and conducted by Rob Moose. The program will feature director Chiaki Nagano's work "Mr. O's Book of the Dead" staring Kazuo Ohno. For further infomation please see our upcoming events page.
August 20th, 2010: Please see our video for "Thank You For Your Love" comprised of Super 8 footage Antony shot upon his arrival in New York City as a teenager in the early 1990's. Edited by David Boatman.
August 9th, 2010:
Antony and Oneohtrix Point Never have teamed up on reworking the title track "Returnal" from OPN's latest album. The 7" version is out August 31st thru Editions Megu. You can hear Antony's version here.
August 5th, 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 Rough Trade on October 11th and 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 4th. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up here.
Artwork for the EP features photographs Antony took when he first arrived in NYC as a teenager in the early 90’s.
1 - Thank You For Your Love
June 30th, 2010: Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 11th in the UK & EUR via Rough Trade and October 12th in North America 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 & Rough Trade will 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.
1 - Everything Is New
June 28th, 2010: Antony is participating in Jerome Sans "It's Not Only Rock and Roll Baby!" exhibition at the Triennale Bovisa in Milan. The exhibition features works by Patti Smith, Devendra Banhart, Alan Vega and others. Open until September 26th, you can also see images of the installation here.
Antony appears on Laurie Anderson's new album, Homeland, released this month via Nonesuch.
And there is a list of things Antony is looking forward to this summer in Out magazine.
June 24th, 2010: OPN: Antony | Fennesz "Returnal"
June 21st, 2010: Antony has participated in an article about artists' perceptions of Cocorosie published on Stereogum today.
June 8th, 2010: Antony wrote an article memorializing the passing of Kazuo Ohno, which has been printed in the Guardian today.
Kazuo Ohno obituary
Ohno performing in 1977. The image was later used on the cover of the 2009 album The Crying Light by Antony and the Johnsons. Photograph: Naoya Ikegami
Kazuo Ohno, who has died aged 103, was one of the pioneers of butoh, Japan's striking contribution to contemporary dance. Butoh, which incorporated elements of existentialism, surrealism, German expressionism, kabuki theatre and eastern spiritual thought, was a reaction in part to the horrors of the second world war.
In 1938, Ohno had been drafted into the Japanese army as an intelligence officer. He spent nine years in China and New Guinea, and was held for two years as a prisoner of war. Ohno presented his first solo performance, Jellyfish Dance, in Tokyo in 1949. The performance was thought to be a meditation on the burials at sea that he had observed on board a vessel bearing captives to be repatriated to Japan. The young artist Tatsumi Hijikata was hypnotised by Ohno's performance that night, and their destinies became entwined. With Ohno as his muse, Hijikata spent the next several years developing Ankoku Butoh-ha – "the dance of utter darkness".
Using memories of maternal love and the archetype of the divine child as the basis for much of his tender expression, Ohno frequently reduced his audience to tears. Traversing the stage in a hypnotic reverie, he would gesture skyward with his long, curling hands. He was a masterful and exacting improviser, and performed in schools, gardens and hospitals, as well as avant-garde institutions around the world.
Ohno was born in Hakodate, Hokkaido; his father was a fisherman and his mother a musician. A gifted athlete, he attended Japan Athletic College, in Tokyo. His life changed in 1926 when, while still a student, he attended a performance by the Argentinian flamenco dancer Antonia Mercé, known as "the Queen of the Castanets". Soon after, he began to study with the modern-dance pioneers Baku Ishii and Takaya Eguchi.
Upon completion of his studies, Ohno began teaching physical education in a private Christian school in Yokohama. Under the influence of the school's headteacher, he converted to the Baptist faith in 1930. Its influence would later become apparent in his work. He married Chie Nakagawa in 1933; they would have two sons, Yoshito and Yukito.
From 1960 onwards, Hijikata directed a host of solo performances featuring Ohno. The first, Divine, was a tribute to the dying transvestite prostitute from Jean Genet's subversive 1943 novel Our Lady of the Flowers. From the beginning, Ohno was yin to Hijikata's yang. While some butoh dancers later came to embody an almost impenetrable stoicism, and others grotesque horror, Ohno expressed something more ethereal, feminine and ecstatic in his reveries.
Ohno shed all social constructs in pursuit of essence, believing that "form comes by itself" wherever there is spiritual presence. His revelations of love, pain and ghostly innocence were conveyed with the intuition of a great elder.
His first piece to gain international attention was Admiring La Argentina in 1977, directed by Hijikata, in which he paid a dreamlike homage to Mercé. The production won the Dance Critics' Circle award in Japan. Ohno frequently danced with his son Yoshito, and they performed together in works such as My Mother, Water Lilies and The Dead Sea.
As a teenager in 1987, I stumbled across an image of Ohno on a peeling poster in the streets of Angers in north-west France. Captivated by this mysterious portrait, I placed the picture above my bed, where it has remained to this day. As I discovered more about the artist and his work, Ohno's dance and philosophy became a source of great inspiration to me. In 2009, I featured a portrait of him on the cover of my album The Crying Light.
Earlier this year, I visited the Kazuo Ohno dance studio in Yokohama, established some 60 years ago, and collaborated with Yoshito on a performance celebrating his father's life and work. At Ohno's bedside, I witnessed a surprising vitality and sensed an almost invisible movement reverberating through his elderly frame. As he lay there, his window open to reveal a cherry blossom tree and a view of Mount Fuji, I realised that Ohno had developed a creative process that was a byproduct of his spiritual practice. Yoshito told me during my visit to the studio that they aspired to total freedom in their dance, and that it emerged from a place of universal love.
Kazuo's last international performance was Requiem for the 20th Century, at the Japan Society in New York in 1999. His 101st birthday was marked by the Japan Society with a butoh festival including performances by Yoshito and an array of younger dancers.
Ohno's appearances grew less frequent as he became increasingly immobile, although he continued to make gestures from his wheelchair, interacting with some invisible spirit with his hands. Once hospitalised, he continued to dance with his eyes and, at the last, with his breath. "Even upon taking leave of my flesh and bones," he wrote in the book Workshop Words, "I want to continue dancing as a ghost."
He is survived by Yoshito and Yukito, and by his brother and two sisters. Chie died in 1997.
•Kazuo Ohno, dancer, born 27 October 1906; died 1 June 2010
June 1st, 2010: "I want to express my sorrow at the passing of Kazuo Ohno, who died today in a hospital in Yokohama at the age of 103. He was my hero and my teacher. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to meet him and get a little closer to his family and his work earlier this year when we visited the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in Japan. I thank him for awakening a sense of a child inside me. I will dream of him forever, and I will search for his footsteps in the dust of life before me. I wish only for his flourishing joy." Antony
May 21st, 2010: On "Creation Of A Bacterial Cell Controlled By A Chemically Synthesized Genome" By Venter Et Al
Seven generation sustainability is an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.
"In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation..." —Great Law of the Iroquois
"In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine." "What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have?"
Lyons O (1980) An Iroquois Perspective. Pp. 171-174 in American Indian Environments: Ecological Issues in Native American History. Vecsey C, Venables RW (Editors). Syracuse University Press, New York (Lyons 1980, p. 174)
May 20th, 2010: Gays Jailed in Malawi
Here's 2 young people from Malawi who went to jail yesterday for up to 14 years in a "hard labour work camp" convicted of "unnatural acts and gross indecency." One is 20 yrs old, the other is 26. That one on the right especially looks like some kind of angel. Across Africa it seems the right wing are seeking to kill, jail and discriminate gay and transgender people. They are calling for the execution of gay people in Uganda.
The right wing in the US has done the same thing; the Republicans often glide into office on a manipulative platform rallying against gays and reproductive rights, only then to turn their influence to serve the corporations once they are in power.
A friend of mine from the Ivory Coast wrote this to me today:
THESE 2 ARE REAL HEROS.THEY HAVE DECIDED TO DARE THEIR GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY. THEY NEVER COMPROMISED AND REMAINED CALM AND DIGNIFIED DURING THE WHOLE TRIAL... (AND) THIS IS A COUNTRY WHERE MADONNA INJECTS MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WHERE SHE CAN BYPASS THE ADOPTION LAWS TO GET WHAT SHE WANTS.
May 3rd, 2010: From last years archives.
March 1st, 2010: David Tibet of Current 93 is staging 2 major concerts in celebration of his 50th Birthday in London this may. See details here.
See Antony's recent interview in Sydney with Arts journalist Fenella Kernebone below.
February 24th, 2010: Please see the article on Stereogum about collaborating with The Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio from our recent shows in Tokyo.
January 31st, 2010: Antony performed 2 sold out symphony concerts at the Sydney Opera House with Rob Moose conducting, with guests William Basinski and Johanna Constantine. After stoping in Perth to do 2 more shows, Antony heads to Tokyo, Japan with Billy, Johanna and Rob to do a pair of concerts with Yoshito Ohno and the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio. An image of Kazuo Ohno was featured on the cover of The Crying Light and so there couldn't be a more perfect way to commemorate the final dates of the Crying Light tour. Excerpts from the film "Mr. Ohno's Book of the Dead" will also be screened. It's an honor to be on stage with Yoshito Ohno for our first concerts in Japan.
January 1st, 2010: Check out Antony's performance of "Here Comes The Sun" filmed for Live At Abbey Road here.
December 7th, 2009: "Hi all, i spent last night writing letters to my government representatives asking them to fight hard for success at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.
Coverage of this is better in Europe than in the US media because of the powerful oil lobby. I just hope they are building space ships big enough for all of us.
I for one have no interest in human life without Nature. I am tied to the mast of this place.
The Casa do Menor campaign against child abuse which features Antony's cover of Current 93's song "Soft Black Stars" has won a silver Epica Advertising Award. Watch the advertisement here.
November 24th, 2009: Swedish Singer Ane Brune has performed a cover of "Another World" along with Benny Andersson (ABBA) as the anthem for the No More Lullabies concert in Sweden this past Oct. 24th..
November 18th, 2009: Elisa Toffoli's new album is out in Italy and features a duet with Antony called "Forgiveness".
November 3rd, 2009: We recently added a video entitled "FEMININE" to the front page of our site; It was made by Joie Iacono and features Dr. Julia Yasuda, Ph.D.
You can hear Antony's recording of "Nessun Dorma" with the
Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra for Lavazza here.
It's a great idea to sign Prince Charles' Rainforest petition and it just takes a few moments.
October 14th, 2009: Our friend Uman Warsame recently sent us a Sphinx-like portrait of Antony; more of her paintings, as well as her great blog, can be seen on her website.
September 28th, 2009: We have updated our video page to include all high resolution streaming versions of the music videos, collaborations with designers and animations, check them out here. There is also an online preview of Antony's artwork entitled "Epilepsy is Dancing" in SOME/THINGS magazine.
September 25th, 2009: On October 4th Antony will be performing at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall as part of 'Hal Willner Presents An Evening With Gavin Friday and Friends." Along with Antony, other performers inculde Laurie Anderson, Bono, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Martha Wainright, Rufus Wainright and many more. A portion of of the proceeds goes directly to the Global Fund. Tickets can be purchased here.
Pitchhfork.tv has two live clips of Antony's duets with Yoko Ono accompanied by Sean Lennon from this year's Meltdown Festival in London. Watch the clips here.
September 13th, 2009:: from Antony:
"I want to post this shocking news excerpt that I read in the Guardian today, reporting the militia style torture and execution of gay people in Iraq.
TREASURES HIS GAY AND TRANSGENDERED CHILDREN.
August 27th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons now have an Official Facebook Page. You can add the page to your Facebook profile here. In other news, Antony's rendition of 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' closed Valentino's Fall/Winter 2010 Haute Couture show during Paris Couture Week. You can view the show here.
August 25th, 2009: A message from Antony:
"The Summer Symphony tour in Europe and the United Kingdom has drawn to a close. Working with the orchestras in Europe has been an interesting adventure; each group seemed to have its own approach to the songs. The biggest cheer was always for the local musicians who were making most of the the music. Thank you to everyone who came to see us and to everyone in front of and behind the scenes who helped to make it happen.
I am in the studio mixing a new release for the Spring. Julia Kent has been working on her new album and is set to launch back to Italy for a solo tour in the fall. Rob Moose is off with Beth Orton. Max has been producing a new album for Baby Dee.Thomas is traveling the world doing concertinas. Johanna Constantine is dreaming intensely and chasing blind cats through the back streets of Philadelphia.
In world events, we are weeks away from creating the first life forms out of the wedlock of the evolutionary chain. I think this is a mistake.
And sacred Cree representatives from the First People of Canada are joining protests in the UK against companies including British Petroleum and the Royal Bank of Scotland who are investing in the devastating tar sands projects, which are destroying Cree homelands and contributing to global warming.
August 17th, 2009: Last January The UK Sun published an insightful article about The Crying Light. Read it here.
August 4th, 2009: Today marks the release of the "Aeon" CD single and 7" featuring a cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love". To coincide with the new CD single, Pitchfork has released a new feature on Antony. "In this in-depth profile, we examine the life and career of Antony Hegarty, one of today's most compelling musical artists." Read more here.
July 27th, 2009: Leah Nash won first place in the Music Moment Photography contest presented by Photo District News and Billboard. Her prize winning photo is of Antony performing live at the Time Based Art festival in Portland, Oregon last September.
Leah Nash's prize winning photo of Antony
July 23rd, 2009: Spin Magazine called The Crying Light one of the 20 best albums of 2009 so far. Read more here.
Antony on stage at the Manchester Opera House
July 20th, 2009: The Crying Light production at the Manchester Opera House was an incredible experience; the BBC rated it 11 our of 10 stars on their website! Listen to the review here. Antony wore the "tiger" Givenchy haute couture ballgown on stage in Paris. While in Montreux, Antony was spotted sprawled out in a rented paddling boat in the middle of Lake Geneva at noon. The Montreux Jazz festival orchestra were a lot of fun to be with for the two concerts in Switzerland. The band will perform at the Grand Theatre Romain in Lyon tomorrow night. It's an ancient Roman amphitheater, full of wild spirits. Then the group is off to Rome where they will perform at the Parco della Musica with the Roma Sinfonietta. Meanwhile an exhibition of Antony's prints has opened in Turin.
Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci
June 23rd, 2009: A portion of Antony and the Johnsons performance at Le Carre Theatre in Amsterdam can be seen here.
June 17th, 2009: We have now completed our European tour and will soon embark on the start of our Summer Symphony Tour with dates in Europe and UK and two band shows in Madrid on July 7th and Paris on July 9th. The tour includes an unusual visual staging of "The Crying Light" for the Manchester International Festival on July 3rd and 4th which was designed in collaboration with Paul Normandale, Chris Levine and Carl Robertshaw. Antony also recently collaborated with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci on the creation of costume which Antony will wear during his concert in Paris during Paris Couture Week.
An exhibition of Antony’s artwork will be at the Accademia Albertina on July 6th in Turin, Italy as part of the Traffic Music Festival. Much of the artwork from the recent releases along with other material can also be seen in the Summer Issue of Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Magazine of which Antony was the Guest Designer..
We are also releasing a new single which includes ‘Aeon’ and Antony’s cover of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ on August 3rd in Europe and August 4th in the US. The single will be released on CD and 7” vinyl.
Antony in Givenchy photographed by Nacho Alegre for L'Uomo Vogue
May 19th, 2009: Antony will be performing with Yoko Ono in Yoko's Plastic Ono Band at The Southbank Center - Royal Festival Hall in London on June 14th. Guests include Sean Lennon, Cornelius, Yuka Honda and others. For ticketing and show infomation please click here.
April 24th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons will be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Wednesday April 29th performing "Another World". Craig Ferguson aires on CBS at 12:35am EST/PST.
April 23rd, 2009: Antony is featured in the current issue of BlackBook Magazine speaking about work done for current art projects and exhibitions including "Six Eyes" at Galerie du Jour in Paris. Also please see articles in French Vogue and Stiletto Magazine.
April 14th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons performed last friday on the Dutch TV program Mooi! Weer de Leeuw, their performance of "One Dove" can be viewed here.
April 3rd, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons performed "Kiss My Name" on Jonathan Ross last night. Please view their performance here.
April 1st, 2009: Friday, 22:35 on BBC One Jonathan Ross continues his current series. Guests include Academy Award-winning force of nature Whoopi Goldberg; Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs; and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert star, Jason Donovan. Plus Antony and the Johnsons perform their new single Kiss My Name live in the studio.
March 23rd, 2009:
and the Johnsons Announce Summer Symphony Events,
"Ghost" photograph by Don Felix Cervantes
SUMMER SYMPHONY CONCERTS: Antony and the Johnsons will play a series of unique concerts in collaboration with symphonies across Europe this summer. Presenting a wide array of material including songs from “The Crying Light”, the concerts will feature large format orchestras (36-52 players) presenting arrangements developed by Antony and Nico Muhly and conducted by Rob Moose. Premiering at the Manchester Festival, Antony has also been commissioned to create a stage environment for “The Crying Light” inspired by Bauhaus stage lighting design and considering the dreams of crystals inside mountains. Events listed below with more concerts to be added in the coming weeks:
June 21 & 22 - Amsterdam , Holland - Holland Festival
at Royal Theatre Carré with the Metropole Orchestra
EPILEPSY IS DANCING SINGLE: Secretly
Canadian and Rough Trade will release the “Epilepsy Is Dancing”
single in Europe April 6/US April 7. The single will be released in
CD and 7” vinyl formats and includes live favorite “Where
Is My Power?” Check out the striking video for the single produced
by AFAS and directed by the Wachowski Brothers (THE MATRIX, V for
VENDETTA) which can be viewed here
and on Pitchfork here.
ANTONY AND MATTHEW HERBERT AT SUMMER FESTIVALS: Antony and the Johnsons will play the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday April 19th. Antony has collaborated with avant-garde composer and electronics wiz Matthew Herbert. The duo will present stark electronic re-imaginings of songs from Antony and the Johnsons' new album "The Crying Light".
"SIX EYES" AT AGNES B'S GALLERY IN PARIS: Antony has been invited by designer and gallerist Agnes B to curate an art show at Gallery Du Jour in Paris, opening on April 11th. Entitled "Six Eyes" the exhibition will feature work by Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, Alice O'Mally, William Basinski and James Elaine, Antony and Barbara Cummard.
March 16th, 2009: Munich Show Update: Please note that we have had to make a date and venue change for the upcoming Munich show. This event was to take place on April 23rd at Postpalast but for unforseen circumstances we've had to move the venue location to Circus Krone on April 26th. People holding tickets for the April 23rd concert at Postpalast will be accepted at Circus Krone on the 26th. Please see the events page for further info.
March 11th, 2009: During Paris Fashion Week "Shake That Devil" was heard on the catwalk of Anne Valérie Hash and then at Kris Van Assche..check out the article here.
March 8th, 2009: In the coming weeks we will be announcing many summer orchestra concerts all over Europe and the UK. More info to come via the events page. We have also added a new show in Antwerp on March 23rd at the Koningin Elisabethzaal. Please see the events page for details.
March 5th, 2009: Hear Antony and the Johnsons' recent concert in Washington DC on NPR's All Songs Considered with Bob Boilen. Watch excerpts from the concert on pitchfork.tv or song by song on pitchforkmedia.com
"Thank you everyone for a North American tour that we will never forget. We all had such a good time, we felt free up there so often! It was the first time we have played in the South; thanks to the folks in Knoxville and Atlanta for giving us such a heartwarming welcome. San Francisco, we will never forget you! Vancouver, you break my heart! New York, you keep killing me softly." - Antony
There were a fair ton of reviews which you can track down via justonestar.com if you are so possessed.
Antony and the Johnsons are playing as part of a very special triple bill with Florence and the Machine and V V Brown on Tuesday March 24th at the Royal Albert Hall to benefit the Teenaged Cancer Trust. Get yer tickets here.
The concert at the Holland Festival on June 22nd with the Metropole Orchestra at La Carre just sold out in half an hour! We are going to inquire about adding another one. There is also a possibility of an added show in Belgium this month; stay tuned for more details.
March 2nd, 2009: Antony talks about his experience helping Lou bring the album to the stage, the origins of the pair's friendship and musical bond and his love for the music of “ Berlin”. Watch the interview here
February 19th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons performed "Aeon" last night on The Late Show with David Letterman. You can see their performance here. Also please see The NY Times piece on Antony that hit the stands today.
February 18th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons will be performing tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS 11:30PM EST & PST.
February 17th, 2009: Please see Antony's interview and performance on Germany's Titel Thesen Temperamente.
February 13th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons have been added to this years Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 24th, 2009. The event is co-headlined with Florence and the Machine. For information on the Teenage Cancer Trust, ticketing and show information please see: www.teenagecancertrust.org
February 9th, 2009: Antony's performance and interview on "Spinning on Air" with David Garland on WNYC airs this week. Please check here for details.
Photo by Michael Alan Goldberg
Antony will be on NPR's Day to Day today from 5pm - 6pm.
February 1st, 2009: A message from Ground control:
"I am plainly shocked that the record has been number one in Europe this week, and I want to pause and thank all the people around the world that made that happen, and who have supported me with so much heart over the last few years, and come to my shows, and collected up all the press from around the world on the justonestar website, and wished me well, and shared some time with me at live shows. Thank you for urging me forward through a glorious dream, the likes of which is more your creation than mine. Antony x"
January 29th, 2009: ANTONY Makes Spinning On Air And Fresh Air Appearances Next Week
On the heels of releasing the critically acclaimed The Crying Light, ANTONY will make two public radio appearances next week to discuss his haunting, touching art.
Early next week, the great David Garland will feature
an interview and performance from Antony on his left-of-center and
out-music WNYC radio program "Spinning on Air." During his
visit with Garland, Antony performed the songs "Another World"
and "Epilepsy Is Dancing" from The Crying Light. Once the
show airs, it will be available for streaming at the "Spinning
on Air" site HERE.
Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, Antony will appear on
National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" program for an in-depth
interview with host Terry Gross. Listeners may stream the show on
the day of its broadcast by visiting the Fresh Air site HERE.
Antony and the Johnsons have been confirmed for Coachella Sunday April 19th. Tickets are on sale HERE.
The Crying Light currently is number 1 in the Billboard European Top 100 Album charts for it's first week of release!!!!
January 27th, 2009: Youtube has removed the Epilepsy is Dancing video because it is supposedly indecent! You can still see it here. Hope noone at Youtube goes to a dance performance in the near future. God forbid they might see someone in a leotard!
Also we did a performance on the UK show The Culture Show. Please see the performance of Epilepsy Is Dancing and Another World here.
January 20th, 2009: THE CRYING LIGHT IN STORES NOW WORLD WIDE and we are proud to present a video for our next single "Epilepsy Is Dancing" Directed by AFAS.
Antony asked his friends the Wachowski Brothers to work with him on a video for his new single "Epilepsy is Dancing". They in turn invited painters Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paraiso to create costumes and a mystical environment and choreographer Sean Dorsey and his dancers to bring the dream sequence to life. Antony's artistic partner Johanna Constantine stars as herself in the role of "Deer Monster". The video was lit and shot by the up-and-coming directors of photography, Chris Blasingame and Banker White, and produced by Jim Jerome. The production team collectively named themselves AFAS. Please enjoy the fruits of their San Francisco art party. Click below to see the video.
January 6th, 2009: A message from Antony: "I want to apologize to Sean Penn for appearing disrespectful in my recent comments in New York Magazine. It is not with him, or his virtues as an actor, or his embrace of gay causes, with which I take issue. Rather it is a Hollywood industry that has not yet evolved to a point where it can allow gay and transgendered actors to represent themselves and their historic icons on screen. What a sense of pride this would instill in the minds of gay and transgendered children everywhere, to know that there are dignified roles for them in the acting profession and in the world."
January 6th, 2009: In 2009, seahorses will circles our minds.
THE CRYING LIGHT AVAILABLE NOW. Starting today you can pre-order The Crying Light through this site and receive the album mp3s TODAY, plus a bonus track "My Lord My Love". You will also be among the first to receive the cd on the day of its release, January 19th.
Antony spoke extensively about The Crying Light with FACE CULTURE in Holland. See the interviews here.
December 30th, 2008: From the press release: "Isis Gallery presents The Creek (January 17th - February 28th 2009)
In other news, 2 more magazine features in Europe, one in the German culture magazine Spex, featuring photos of Antony by Wolfgang Tillmans and the other an Italian Music monthly Rumore, featuring photos by Don Felix Cervantes.
December 17th, 2008: Antony and the Johnsons have announced plans for an extensive tour of Europe in Spring 09 in support of their upcoming album release, The Crying Light. Dates are posted on the events page.
December 11th, 2008: Antony and the Johnsons have revealed the cover art and track listing for the forthcoming full-length, The Crying Light. Following a natural progression from the Another World EP, the album art features a 1977 portrait of renowned Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno, taken by Naoya Ikegami in Tokyo. Ohno is shown reaching towards light, his striking visage and reclined posture simultaneously invoking the cradle, the grave, and transcendence.
Antony says, "The Crying Light is dedicated to the great dancer Kazuo Ohno. In performance I watched him cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative; with every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He's kind of like my art parent."
THE CRYING LIGHT
Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground
We are happy to announce that The Crying Light will be released by Secretly Canadian in the US on January 20th, Rough Trade in The UK and Europe on January 19th, Spunk Records in Australia on January 17th and P-Vine in Japan on January 20th.
Following the album release we will embark on a world tour starting in the US on February 2nd. Please see the Events Page for details.
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And here's a couple more magazines coming out now, in Norway and the UK:
December 2nd, 2008: A feature article in Wire is out now, along with a article / pod cast in The Guardian and the Another World EP is listed in Entertainment Weekly's must have section for the week of Nov. 30th!
September 27th 2008: We made a video for an excerpt of Another World using one of Colin Whitaker's "Night Flower" films.
September 15th 2008: Bjork's new video for "Dull Flame of Desire" with Antony on guest vocals can be seen here. Björk and Antony performed against green screen in New York. The Innocence video project runners-up Christoph Jantos (Berlin) Masahiro Mogari (Tokyo) and Marçal Cuberta Junca (Girona) were each given their own sections of the film, to develop how they wished.
PRADA launched their new animation yesterday in the US, a 4 minute animation entitled "Fallen Shadows" scored by Antony with a new song called "The Great White Ocean". The video is available for viewing here.
August 26th 2008: On October 7th, Antony and the Johnsons will release "Another World" EP on cd and vinyl. Below is the press release:
and the Johnsons emerged onto the international stage in 2005 with
their breakthrough I Am A Bird Now. The group were awarded
the Mercury Prize in the UK and toured the world. Since then Antony
has participated on tracks with Bjork on her latest album "Volta",
appeared in the Leonard Cohen documentary "I'm Your Man",
featured as vocalist with disco act Hercules and Love Affair, recorded
for the Todd Haynes bio epic of Bob Dylan "I'm Not There",
and collaborated with Charles Atlas on a European tour of their stage
The cover features a portrait of Japanese Butoh co-founder Kazuo Ohno, taken by Pierre-Olivier Deschamps in 1984.
World track listing:
The only confirmed concerts occuring in 2008 are listed in the events section.
August 8th 2008: Antony and the Johnsons will release a new 5 song EP, entitled "Another World," available in shops on October 7th. To celebrate, Antony and the Johnsons will present 2 special events accompanied by a 20 piece orchestra playing scores co-arranged with Nico Muhly. On October 14th the band will play at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and on October 16th they will be resident at the Apollo theater in Harlem. Please see the events page for details and tickets sales.
Björk releases the new single ‘The Dull Flame of Desire’ on September 29th 2008 through One Little Indian Records. Flooded with melancholic passion and restrained hope, ‘The Dull Flame of Desire’ sees Björk accompanied on vocals by Antony.
Antony collaborated last year with designer Hussein Chalayan and photographer Nick Knight on a soundtrack for a film featuring Hussein's interesting collection. See the film here.
June 1st 2008: Antony is participating in a group show of visual work at Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels titled "It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll, Baby!". Antony is collaborating with Don Felix Cervantes, Johanna Constantine, Julia Yasuda, and Joie Iacono on his presentation, entitled "Leaves". The exhibition opens on June 19th.
In anticipation of a new single to be released in mid-October, several concert events are scheduled for Autumn '08. The first 5 are listed below. For ticket and event information please see the events page:
a concert in Portland with The Oregon Symphony for PICA on September 5th.
a concert with The Milan Symphony on September 10th.
a second concert at the Expo Zaragoza in Zaragosa, Spain with The Milan Symphony on September 12th.
two concerts at the Barbican with The London Symphony Orchestra on October 30th and 31st.
Antony is one of the artists represented by John Marchant's Isis Gallery in London, and will be presenting a solo exhibition towards the end of the year.
Antony returned from London after a series of shows with Bjork on April 14th, 17th & 20th at the Hammersmith Apollo, and a special concert with Current 93 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on April 21st.
March 4th 2008: The Hercules album and the single "Blind" is released this week in Europe. Antony sings half the tracks on the album ("Blind", "Time Will", "Easy", "Raise Me Up", and duetting with Nomi on "You Belong"). Antony is also featured on the Hercules club track "Roar".
Antony will not be touring with Hercules and Love Affair. HALA live features the stunning Nomi front and center, as well as Kim Ann Foxxman.
Feb 15th 2008: The charity auction for the dress that Antony designed has finished, thanks to all who participated. Hercules and Love Affair have been getting some positive reviews in the Observer and the Guardian.
Antony did a radio show with Domino Records' Morgan Lebus this week.
An interesting video presentation by the chairman of the IPCC outlining the projections for climate change in the near future can be seen here.
Feb 9th 2008: On March 18th a group of NYC artists and producers have collaborated to stage the event "PEACE IN IRAQ AND JUSTICE AT HOME". Performers include Scissor Sisters, Norah Jones, Damian Rice, Blonde Red Head, Bill T Jones, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Antony, as well as a plethora of speakers with their own insights on these issues. This event will take place at 8pm at St Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at $65 and $125. Proceeds benefit UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE and IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR. A limited number of lower priced tickets will be made available to artists and students in the days to come.
Antony will be one of many guests making a special appearance with Current 93 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on April 21st. He will also sing "Dull Fame of Desire" with Bjork at her concerts in London on the 14th, 17th and 20th of April.
January 26th 2008: Antony and the Johnsons' recording "The Crying Light" will be released in Autumn 2008, at which time a schedule of new perfomance events will be announced.
Hercules and Love Affair's single featuring Antony will be released on March 3rd in the UK; the rest of the album (which includes five tracks with Antony, as well as vocalists Nomi and Kim Ann Foxman) will be out later that month. See the video for "blind" here. Hear Hercules tracks including "Blind" on the Hercules myspace page.
Antony has designed a single white silk dress as part of a new venture with online boutique Yoox.com. The dress will be auctioned on eBay on Valentine’s Day 08 with the proceeds going to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), the US rights organisation for people to self-determine gender identity and expression regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. see yoox.com in the coming days for more info.
December 5th 2007: Antony wrote an article about Peter Hujar in last weekend's Guardian weekend magazine in anticipation of the Peter Hujar retrospective at the ICA in London.
Antony's new album will be called THE CRYING LIGHT. Antony did an interview about his process so far with Harp magazine this month.
November 24th 2007: The new bio film Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is incredibly inspiring; we recommend everyone see it if they get a chance. Also take a moment to read the sythesis report that was released last week by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change if you havent done so already.
August 28th 2007:"We all went to Allaire Recording studio for a week and did a lot more work on the new album. I am spending my days editing and mulling over different versions of each song, trying to figure out what goes where. But the record is mostly tracked now. There are just a couple of remaining things to do before we begin mixing.
I did a cover of Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door" with Kevin Barker for it. We did it slow and minor. I had started singing it by myself when i was in Australia at the end of the tour in Jan 2006. Rob Moose was teaching me guitar and we bought a book of Dylan songs to learn, but then one day I guess i was just feeling really exhausted and deathy because I just started singing that song over and over, and I did it that night at the show.
Charlie and me are working on editing the TURNING film. It looks great. The interviews with the models are poignant. TURNING was so magic. That was my favorite thing I have ever been a part of. Me and Charlie are doing an interview for BLENDER tomorrow for that project.
I got a nice new piano. I am giving my old one away. The piano we used a few weeks ago at 2nd Story Recording Studio has the long lost old Sorcerer piano in it, the one I recorded Dead Boy and certain songs from the last album on a few years ago!!! I was so happy to see it again. It seemed different. I tried to pretend that I recognized it. But it reminded me of the cat that changed color when it got a new owner. Norah Jones recorded her first record on that piano too. Anyway it sounded great.
I saw Beyonce live last week. She was incredible and cried real tears during Flaws and All. She was just the best. I am listening to Zeki Muren, the 2 new Dave Ruffin Motown collections and Strawberry Jams by Animal Collective."
July 25th 2007: The tour is finished. Istanbul was wild, the audience in Moscow was great. The Grec in Barcelona was so beautiful.
June 6th 2007: The tour resumes.
June 28th 2007: Riga is now cancelled. The concert in Moscow is rescheduled for the 6th. Hopefully things will be in order then. Thanks for your patience.
June 26th 2007: Antony's is recovering. The doctor said it will take about 10 days for Antony to get better. Unfortunately this means that Rouen, Lyon, and Belfort are definitely cancelled. Hopefully the rest of the tour will go ahead as planned. Sorry for any disruption this may cause people.
June 25th 2007: Unfortunately, Antony's vocal condition persists. The concert tomorrow in Poland is definitely cancelled. Nothing has been confirmed yet, and we are awaiting a final doctor's exam and recommendation on Tuesday, at which time all revisions of the tour will be announced.
June 23rd 2007: Antony was regretfully unable to perform at Glastonbury last night with Bjork because he has injured his voice. We are hoping that the tour will continue forward. More in the days to come.
June 15th 2007: The band are getting ready to play a series of concerts in Europe in between recording stints. The first one will be in Cork on the 21st. Antony joined Bjork at Radio City Music Hall and the Apollo last month, and plans to appear with her at Glastonbury on June 22nd. Then it is off to France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Lavia, Moscow and Istanbul for a month of concerts.
The band has grown a little; 2 additional string players (Suzy Pearlman and Alissa Smith) are joining the core ensemble (Rob Moose, Julia Kent, Maxim Moston, Jeff Langston, Parker Kindred, Doug Wieselman and Thomas Bartlett) as well as the accordianist Wil Holshouser. Expect songs from previous and upcoming albums as well as an array of songs by others, including Millie Jackson and maybe even Beyonce! The shows in Scandinavia last week were a blast, and we look forward to seeing many of you this summer!
And yes, Antony has been working on the new record for much of the spring. As things progress we will let you know...
Antony's collaboration with William Basinski has been installed at the Belsay Manor in Northumberland, UK. We hope you get a chance to see it; it's quite an adventurous soundtrack for the cellars underneath the manor, a 20 minute piece full of twists and turns. A part of the manor's annual installation, the exhibition is open to the public for this summer.
Antony and the Johnsons will also present 2 events in Brazil at the end of October (Sao Paolo and Rio).
April 12th 2007: There have been some changes made to the touring schedule: the concert in Spello is in question at this time and therefore removed from the schedule, and the concert in Barcelona is awaiting confirmation at a different venue than previously posted. Please pardon these changes and check back soon for updates, thanks.
April 9th 2007: Antony is singing with Bjork tonight in Reykjavik for the first concert of her new tour. The show is incredible, with a band that includes Mark Bell and a 10 piece Icelandic girls' horn ensemble. The duet "Dull Flame of Desire" is on Bjork's new record VOLTA. Antony will be occasionally popping in on the tour along the way.
April 2nd 2007: The spring/summer tour schedule is now announced.
March 19th 2007: The show at BAM was a special event... thanks to everyone for coming out. Antony also did a concert last week for Marina Abromovich's 60th birthday party at the Guggenheim. Antony returns today from Poland where he did a concert with Julia, Rob and Doug in Wroclaw. The band will be in the studio for the next few months recording, except for 2 short bursts of touring in May and June/July in select destinations in Europe, including Istanbul and Moscow! The schedule will be posted shortly. Here are 2 pictures from Marina's birthday party:
February 1st 2007: A belated happy new year to everyone! Time for an extended update...
Charles Atlas and Antony have begun the process of editing the film of TURNING, having filmed both the London performances in November in addition to shooting over sixty hours of touring and interview footage. (See The Guardian's review of TURNING here.)
Antony is preparing for his March 9th concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with composer Nico Muhly. Expect a mixture of favorites from Antony's first two albums plus a foreshadowing of things to come...
Antony sang a duet with Björk for her upcoming record, which is due out this Spring.
Antony sings all the vocals on the new mini-album by Michael Cashmore of Current 93. "The Snow Abides" comprises of five thematically linked songs, two of which are instrumental and three of which are sung by Antony. All song texts are written by David Tibet. The cd is available by mail order through Jnana Records.
There are some murmurs of a few Antony and the Johnsons concerts in Europe this Spring... stay tuned for more information.
Last week, Antony returned from Lou Reed's "Berlin" concerts in Sydney, Australia. Antony sang "Candy Says" with Lou during the encores each night. Julian Schnabel is now producing a "Berlin" film of the NYC performances.
Antony and Nico Muhly have composed a score for one of Shakespeare's sonnets under the direction of Gavin Bryars to be performed by the singers and musicians of Opera North in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. There are 2 concerts at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on the 24th and 25th of February, 2007.
And finally, we are delighted by the reception of Joan As Police Woman's new album, which has been getting great reviews throughout Europe.
December 31th 2006: Hal Willner's Production "Rogue's Gallery", a double album of sea shanties, is available in stores now. Antony is featured on songs with Bryan Ferry and Lou Reed.
December 19th 2006: We have added to the Rebis Music mailorder shop the TURNING t-shirts and the few remaining commemorative programs and picture discs from the recent tour.
November 13th, 2006: The tour of TURNING left us all speechless. Thankyou to the crowds that came out to see us all. It was a shared dream that none of us will forget.
Antony will be performing with Lou Reed in his staging of the classic album BERLIN in December at St. Ann's Warehouse and in January in Sydney.
Antony will be presenting a concert of his songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Friday March 9th, 2007 accompanied by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
Adam Shecter's book, "Like Ghosts," has just been co-published by Printed Matter Inc. in New York and Imschoot Uitvegers in Belgium. This wordless, technicolor-style book contains images and notions reimagined from Shecter's animations of the past 6 years, including elements from Antony's "Hope there's someone," "The Lake," and "Mysteries of Love." It is available online via printedmatter.org.
September 28th, 2006: 2 more TURNING dates have been added in Madrid and Braga. Please see the events section for details. Antony will also be making an appearance at Hal Willner's Leonard Cohen tribute at The Point in Dublin on October 4th and 5th.
August 18th, 2006: The Leonard Cohen "I'm Your Man" motion picture soundtrack from Verve Forecast, which includes Antony's rendition of "If it Be Your Will", has been released this week.
Nick Knight has posted a captivating video collage that he has put together as the final installment of the photo shoot he did with Antony for ID magazine earlier this year.
August 1st 2006: Antony and the Johnsons will collaborate with film-maker Charles Atlas and 13 Beauties from NYC on a concert/live video installation to be be staged in London, Rome and Paris this Autumn. During "TURNING," Antony and the Johnsons present a concert while Charles Atlas creates live video portraits of each of models. "TURNING" was first presented as a part of the 2004 Whitney biennial in NYC. See the events page for more details.
July 31st 2006: The benefit was a great success, and thanks to all who attended and participated, we made over $10,000 for the Ali Forney Center. They are delighted and so are we.
Antony and the Johnsons will be performing a series of European concerts at the end of August and the beginning of September... see the events page for details. They are also gearing up to present a major production this fall in Rome, Paris and London, a concert/film collaboration with Charles Atlas called "TURNING." Stay tuned for details.
July 18th 2006: Antony has organized a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, a NYC organization that provides shelter for homeless GLBT youth. The lineup is CocoRosie, Antony and the Johnsons, and all the way from San Francisco, MATMOS. The event will take place on July 26th at Warsaw in Brooklyn. It's going to be a great night... see you there!
Unfortunately, the concert in Palermo Sicily has been cancelled because of problems from the municipality. To accomodate this shifting schedule, the concert in Udine has also been replaced by one in Verona.
May 27th 2006: A MESSAGE FROM ANTONY: "It's been a long while since there has been a heroic gesture made in the American political landscape, and Al Gore has made one with his new film "An Incovenient Truth." The content is simple, and familiar to many of us, but the call to arms, especially for people in the United States, is unprecedented. Please see this film and encourage your friends and family to do the same."
May 5th 2006: Collaborating with Nico Muhly, Antony will be performing 5 songs with the London Sinfonietta Orchestra next week as a part of the Fuse Leeds festival. Antony and the Johnnsons will be performing at the end of June in Poland (on a great bill with Animal Collective, Devendra Banhart and Cocorosie) and in Athens on July 2nd. Antony and the Johnsons will also be appearing at the Latitude Festival in the UK in mid July.
April 3rd 2006: The great new Wachowski Brothers film V for Vendetta features Antony and the Johnsons song "Bird Gerhl" in the love scene between V and Natalie Portman. In other news, "Hope There's Someone" is featured in Isabel Coixet's new film 'La Vida Secreta de las Palabras' (the secret life of words). You can see the trailer here.
Hal Willner's tribute concert to Leonard Cohen has been made into a documentary called "I'm Your Man" and features Antony among many others. The film opens at the Film Forum in NY on June 21st, and in LA on June 30th.
March 15th 2006: There are features on Antony and the Johnsons in April's Paper Magazine and in the new edition of Fantastic Man, with photos by Inez Van Lambsweerd and Vinoodh Matadin. Antony will perform a song accompanied by Charles Atlas and his video projections at the Paper party on March 30th at the Maritime in NYC.
Antony will be performing a short acoustic set with Julia Kent and Rob Moose at the Royal Albert Hall between the 2 main acts (the final one of which is Goldfrappe) on March 28th as a part of Roger Daltrey's benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
February 18th 2006: See video excerpts from a recent performance of Antony and the Johnsons at a reception for Wolfgang Tillmans in London last September.
February 9th 2006: There is a great photo series by Nick Knight featuring Antony in ID Magazine this month. Also on the racks is A Magazine, which features stills from the "Hope There's Someone" video by Glen Fogel and illustrations by Antony.
Antony will be performing at the Tibet House Benefit organized by Phillip Glass at Carnegie Hall on March 1st.
January 8th 2006: Happy New Year everyone. David Tibet has compiled an epic compilation to benefit the organization "Doctors without Frontiers." The 4 cd set features just about every luminary in alternative/experimental music today. For more information visit the Jnana Records website.
November 27th 2005: You can view Charles Atlas' new video for "You Are My Sister" here. The single is out now.
Antony and the johnsons appeared on the UK's Jonathan Ross last night singing "You Are My Sister" with guest Boy George. They also performed a concert at Saint Luke's Church in London with special guest Marc Almond which will be broadcast on BBC4 on December 16th.
Antony makes an appearance in Devendra Banhart's new video as the "Mother of the World."
November 7th 2005: Antony and his cohorts are deep into their European tour. travelling with Antony is Maxim Moston, Julia Kent, Jeff Langston, Rob Moose, Parker Kindred on drums and Kevin Barker of Currituck Co. on guitar, as well as playing an opening set.
October 11th 2005: A film celebrating Leonard Cohen called I'm Your Man is soon to be released, and features a performance by Antony from Hal Willner's "Came So Far For Beauty" at the Sydney Opera House in February. NPR will be featuring an interview with Antony on October 13th. Antony and the Johnsons will also perform on David Letterman on the 18th.
Adam Shecter has created a new animation for Hope There's Someone to round off his trilogy of collaborations with Antony and the Johnsons. Over the last two years, Adam has also created animations for The Lake and Mysteries of Love.
October 3rd 2005: The band continue to tour the midwest before returning home for their debut at Carnegie Hall. The evening will begin with a set by New York’s own hard-driving Pentecostal brass band, McCollough Sons of Thunder. Then Antony and the Johnsons will perform, with a very special guest, the legendary Little Jimmy Scott.
September 21st 2005: Antony appears in Laurie Anderson's new film "Hidden Inside Mountains" as well as on the soundtrack for it. Originally commissioned for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, this art film was shown last week at the International Film Festival of Toronto.
A comprehensive fansite for Antony and the Johnsons can be found at www.birdantony.altervista.org. Another interesting source of news about Antony and co. on the web is www.antonyandthejohnsons.info. A chat forum about Antony and the Johnsons can be accessed here.
September 14th 2005: Tickets for Antony and the Johnsons' concert at Carnegie Hall on October 13th are now on sale and can be purchased online.
September 10th 2005: Antony and the Johnsons won the 2005 Mercury Award Album of the Year for "I Am a Bird Now". Also, Antony and Boy George are participating in the Warchild online album, for which they recorded a duet of John Lennon's "War is Over."
September 3rd 2005: There is an in-depth article about Antony in today's New York Times Sunday Magazine written by John Hodgeman.
September 2st 2005: Antony, Julia Kent and Rob Moose will be performing at the Mercury Awards program in London next week. While in London, Antony will also be performing at Wolfgang Tillman's opening.
September 1st 2005: We have added some more details to the European tour and the Dublin show has been moved.
August 9th 2005: We have just posted dates for the upcoming North American and European fall tours in the events section. A few of these dates may be subject to change, but the general itinerary is outlined. Stay tuned particularly for additional dates in the US. Cocorosie will be opening for Antony and the Johnsons in North America. Kevin Barker of Currituck County will be opening for much of the European tour. The dates in France are all a part of Les Inrocktibles festival, in which Antony and the Johnsons share the bill with Devendra Banhart.
Antony and Boy George finished filming the music video for the upcoming single "You Are My Sister", which is set to be released as a 4 song EP this fall. The other tracks will be "Forest of Love," "Poorest Ear" and "Paddy's Gone." The video is being directed by Charles Atlas, the esteemed director of "Hail The New Puritan" and "Because We Must".
Antony and the Johnsons will be performing as one of the nominees on the UK's Mercury Award program for Channel 4 in September.
A few links from streaming videos and recordings made during the spring/summer European tour: see a comprehensive series of interviews with Antony on Italian MTV here. And view a 4 song acoustic set of Antony on piano in a different Italian tv studio here. Antony's London X-FM session with Bernard Butler can be listened to here. The Dutch VPRO documentary can be viewed here.
Antony duets with Cocorosie on their beautiful new record "Noah's Ark," appearing on the track "Beautiful Boys." Antony will also be doing some recording with Marc Almond this month.
July 24th 2005: The European summer tour wrapped up in the gorgeous Basque region of Spain. Antony had to play Roberta Flack's piano! He was overwhelmed. The band head home for a date at Town Hall in NYC of the 28th.
July 19th 2005: Antony and the Johnsons' "I Am a Bird Now" has been nominated for the Mercury Award in the UK. Read more about it here.
July 13th 2005: Now heading to Italy after a brilliant trip to Iceland, Antony and the Johnsons are on their final leg of the Summer tour in Europe, finishing off with a couple of festivals in Spain.
July 1st 2005: Antony and the Johnsons will be performing at Town Hall in New York City on July 28th. Cocorosie will be supporting. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or from the Town Hall box office (212) 840 2824.
See the "Hope There's Someone" video here.
June 23rd 2005: Antony and Co. head to London today; Antony will be performing at Patti Smith's Meltdown Brecht tribute at Royal Festival Hall. The following night Antony and the Johnsons will perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Joining them as an opening act in London and also for both shows in Scotland is the wonderful Pantaleimon.
June 7th 2005: Tonight Antony, Julia and Rob are being filmed for Jools Holland in the UK, which will be broadcast on June 17th. Then they resume they will be joined by the rest of the band (Maxim Moston, Jeff Langston and accordianist Uri Sharlin) in Holland for the second leg of the European tour.
May 19th 2005: Antony and the Johnsons are three weeks into their European tour. They played to sold-out audiences in Italy, Belgium, and Scandanavia. They are now starting to tour in France. Check Upcoming Events for more details.
"Hope there's Someone" was single of the week on Radio 1 in the UK last week. Antony and the Johnsons were featued on The Culture Show on BBC 2 last night. They will also be participating in Patti Smith's Meltdown Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall in June.
"Hope there's Someone" is being released as a CD single and a 10" vinyl by Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade. This release includes 2 new songs: "Frankenstein" and "Just One Star." The CD single also contains Glen Fogel's brilliant video for "Hope there's Someone," which features New York legend Joey Gabriel.
April 24th 2005: Antony and company have returned from Seattle where they performed 2 concertsat On the Boards with Devendra Banhart, Cocorosie and William Basinski.
The show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London last week went well. The undisputed highlight of the evening was Marc Almond's heroic delivery of ""River of Sorrow."
Joining Rob Moose and Julia Kent for the European tour are Max Moston on violin and Jeff Langston on bass. Kevin Barker, who has been accompanying Antony on guitar quite a bit recently, is now heading off on tour with his own band, Currituck County.
April 3rd 2005: Antony just returned from 2 small solo concerts in Europe -- one for Radio 3 in Madrid and the other in Budapest, Hungary.
Antony and the Johnsons will be touring all spring in Europe, kicking off in Rotterdam on April 15th and at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on the 16th. Many of the dates are posted on the events page; parts of the schedule are still being finalized at this time.
NPR in the US reviewed the new album; you can listen to it here.
March 13th 2005: There are articles about Antony and the Johnsons in this weeks' NME, Timeout London, ID, and Nylon.
March 8th 2005: The North American tour wrapped up last night in Vancouver. Thanks to everyone who came out in support. Antony, Julia and Rob had an great time. Thankyou also to Currituck Co., Shivaree and Cocorosie for sharing the bill.
Antony has a solo show on March 26th in Budapest... please check the events page for details. There is also concert on April 15th in Rotterdam and on the 16th at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. In May, June and July, Antony will be doing a more extensive tour throughout Europe with band. We will post more details of this in the coming weeks.
Antony is also performing in Toronto as a part of a festival curated by David Michael of Current 93 on June 2nd and June 4th. Please see the event page for more information about this special event.
The April edition of Mojo has an article about Antony by David Frick, as well as a review of "I am a Bird Now."
February 3rd 2005: The audiences at the Sydney Opera House were amazing. Antony sung "The Guests", "If It Be Your Will" and other songs with Nick Cave, Beth Orton, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
The new record is out. You can get it from Other Music. There is a great review of "I am a Bird Now" in this week's Rolling Stone. There are also articles in The Fader, Out Magazine, New York Magazine, and even Entertainment Weekly... Also check out this week's Blow Up in Italy and Inrockuptibles in France. National Public Radio stations in Belgium, Germany and Holland have added tracks from the new album to their playlists.
"I am a Bird Now" has been licensed by Rough Trade in the UK and Scandinavia.
Jon Whitney at Brainwashed.com has put together a comprehensive discography for Antony and the Johnsons.
January 22nd 2005: Antony will be doing a couple of solo shows in Australia, joining Joan Wasser for a double bill at the Vanguard in Sydney on January 31st, and then doing a solo show in Melbourne on February 1st at the Manchester Lane.
The final dates for the North American tour have been added in Cleveland, Bloomington and Vancouver.
9 more days until the album is released! A few reviews have already started popping up... there are links to some of them on the press page. There is an article in this month's Out Magazine about Antony. In France, Les Inrockuptibles has also been brooching the subject.
January 13th 2005: Antony will be performing at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia on January 28th, 29th and 30th as part of Hal Willner's presentation of the Songs of Leonard Cohen. Other artists on the bill include Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright and Nick Cave.
The outline of the North American tour is almost complete as it stands on the events page of this site; we are still finalizing dates in Cleveland OH, Vancouver BC and Bloomington IN.
January 5th 2005: The Joe's Pub show on Sunday the 9th is sold out. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketweb.com for Antony and the Johnsons' "I Am a Bird Now" album release concert at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on February 24th. This event will feature Cocorosie, Antony and the Johnsons, and other guests.
January 2nd 2005: NPR affiliate American Public Media review a song from Antony and the Johnsons' upcoming album that you can hear by visiting this link and scrolling down to Music Picks.
December 11th 2004: Some updates: Antony and the Johnsons' new album "I Am a Bird Now" will be released around the world on February 1st 2005. We are now finalizing a schedule for Antony and the Johnsons' US tour in February/March 2005.
We have added a new piano/voice demo of an unreleased track called "Frankenstein" to the downloads page.
Antony performed at a benefit for Saint Ann's Warehouse with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and the Jazz Passengers earlier this week. Next Tuesday he is collaborating with Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass and Nico Muhly at a benefit for the Buddhist magazine,Tricycle.
November 30th 2004: The European tour with Cocorosie was a great experience for Antony. Thanks to everyone who came out to see them.
October 27th 2004: "The Lake" 3 song ep is being released by Secretly Canadian on cd and a limited run of 12" vinyl, and features an incredible unpublished 1974 photograph of CANDY DARLING by Peter Hujar. You can order it here.
October 11th 2004: Antony has a show with Julia Kent this Wednesday Oct 13th at Coral Room NYC as a part of Secretly Canadian's showcase. The November shows in the UK and Europe will be Antony solo accompanying himself on keyboard.
11th 2004: Antony
has a solo show coming up at Tonic on Wednesday October 6th with guests
Kevin Barker of Currituck Co., The Girls of Karen Black and Among Natives.
August 26th 2004: Antony is performing solo at Bloomingtonfest in Indiana this Saturday. He will have a couple of shows in NYC in October; check back here for details in the next few days. He is also planning a solo tour of Europe with Cocorosie for this November.
The 3 song EP will be released at the beginning of November.
14th 2004: Antony
and Julia enjoyed taking part in the festival is Jesi, Italy.
Antony has signed with Secretly
Canadian, an independent label based in Indiana.
* May 16th 2004: We have added some photos from TURNING, the recent concert events at Saint Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY.
* May 6th 2004: The show tomorrow at the Whitney will be at 7pm in the film/video gallery. Antony will perform with Julia Kent and Nathan Salsburg. Come early as space is quite limited.
* May 2004: Download a new track by Antony and the Johnsons, 'Find the Rhythm of your Love', featured here as a part of the Bonn Biennale.
* April 19th 2004: The shows at Saint Ann's were a great experience for Antony, Charles Atlas, the musicians, and the cast. The party at Participant was fun thanks to Lia Gangitano and Craig Hensala from Downtown Arts. Thanks to everyone who helped make these events such a success.
* March 2004: Antony and the Johnsons are playing their debut concert in Germany on June 15th as part of the Biennale Bonn 2004. Special guest William Basinski will be joining them and presenting some of his beautiful ambient music. Antony and the Johnsons also contributed a "theme song" for the festival of New York music and theater that is taking place in Bonn that week.
* February 27th: Devendra Banhart did some beautiful vocals for the record; everything he touches is gold in our books... Antony has also been collaborating on recordings with Cocorosie and lovely Bianca Casady.
* February 8th: Antony has recorded duets with Boy George and Lou Reed for the upcoming album.
* February 3rd: "I Fell in Love With a Dead Boy", Rebis Music's premiere release, is now exclusively available here.
* January 25th: Work continues on the new album. Antony is spending next week in Woodstock recording new piano songs.
* November 1st: Antony has been selected to participate in the Whitney Biennial next Spring.
* September 26th: In response to queries, we do not have a recording available of "Candy Says" as performed by Antony in Lou Reed's concert. However, the track will be included on the soon-to-be-released live album of Lou's recent tour entitled Animal Serenade.
* September 23rd: Antony's tour with Lou Reed in 2003 drew to a close in Tokyo last weekend. Over the last 5 months, Antony performed with Lou in 70 concerts throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Antony has returned to New York City and now resumes work on his new album "I am a Bird Now".
* September 1st: The alternative arts website Get Underground streams Nicolas Jenkin's Product video feature on Antony and the Johnsons.
* July 2003: "CANDY SAYS" ON AOL: If you have access to AOL and have a broadband high speed connection, you can view a selection of songs from Lou Reed's recent concert at the Warfield in San Francisco, including Antony's performance of "Candy Says." Log onto AOL and enter "Lou Reed" as the keyword.
* Adam Shecter has created a beautiful new streaming animation for Antony's "The Lake."
* June 2003: Lou Reed interviews Antony for the June/July issue of Index Magazine, with photos by Timothy Greenfield-Saunders.
* Brainwashed features a 27 minute Quicktime streaming video of antony in interview and in solo performance at Boston's Oni Gallery. View it here.
* May 2003: Listen to this delightful NPR interview with Laurie Anderson, in which she includes Antony and the Johnsons' CDs on a list of things she would bring to a desert island.
"I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy" is being featured in the
new independent film "The Event," which is currently being
screened at numerous international film festivals.