February 25th, 2016:
WHY I AM NOT ATTENDING THE ACADEMY AWARDS
by Anohni, Oscar Nominee for best song (“Manta Ray” with composer J. Ralph)
I am the only transgendered performer ever to have been nominated for an Academy Award, and for that I thank the artists who nominated me. (There was a trans songwriter nominee named Angela Morley in the early 70’s who did some great work behind the scenes.) I was in Asia when I found out the news. I rushed home to prepare something, in case the music nominees would be asked to perform. Everyone was calling with excited congratulations. A week later, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga and the Weeknd were rolled out as the evening’s entertainment with more performers “soon to be announced”. Confused, I sat and waited. Would someone be in touch? But as time bore on I heard nothing. I was besieged with people asking me if I was going to perform.
My anxiety increased as weeks passed. I slowly realized that the positive implication of this nomination was being retracted. The producers seemed to have decided to stage performances only by the singers who were deemed commercially viable. Composer David Lang’s song “Simple Song #3” performed by South Korean soprano Sumi Jo was also omitted.
It was degrading to watch the articles in Variety, The Daily Telegraph, Pitchfork, Stereogum, etc. start to appear. Eclipsing earlier notices of congratulations, now the papers were naming me as one of two artists to have been “cut” by the Academy due to “time constraints”. In the next sentence it was announced that Dave Grohl, not nominated in any category, had been added to the list of performers.
Everyone told me that I still ought to attend, that a walk down the red carpet would still be “good for my career”.
Last night I tried to force myself to get on the plane to fly to LA for all the nominee events, but the feelings of embarrassment and anger knocked me back, and I couldn’t get on the plane. I imagined how it would feel for me to sit amongst all those Hollywood stars, some of the brave ones approaching me with sad faces and condolences. There I was, feeling a sting of shame that reminded me of America’s earliest affirmations of my inadequacy as a transperson. I turned around at the airport and went back home.
As if to rub salt into the wound, the next morning the Oscars added that I was transgendered to the trivia page of their website.
I want to be clear — I know that I wasn’t excluded from the performance directly because I am transgendered. I was not invited to perform because I am relatively unknown in the U.S., singing a song about ecocide, and that might not sell advertising space. It is not me that is picking the performers for the night, and I know that I don't have an automatic right to be asked.
But if you trace the trail of breadcrumbs, the deeper truth of it is impossible to ignore. Like global warming, it is not one isolated event, but a series of events that occur over years to create a system that has sought to undermine me, at first as a feminine child, and later as an androgynous transwoman. It is a system of social oppression and diminished opportunities for transpeople that has been employed by capitalism in the US to crush our dreams and our collective spirit.
I was told during my 20s and 30s there was no chance that someone like me could have a career in music, and this perspective was reiterated by so many industry “professionals” and media outlets that I lost count. I almost gave up. Thankfully, fellow artists like Lou Reed advocated for me so intensely that I got a foothold despite the worst intentions of others. In that sense, I am one of the luckiest people in the world.
I enjoy that wild and reckless exhilaration that comes from naming my truth as best as I can; it is what Nina Simone might have called a “boon”. The truth is that I was not groomed for stardom and watered down for your enjoyment. As a transgendered artist, I have always occupied a place outside of the mainstream. I have gladly paid a price for speaking my truth in the face of loathing and idiocy.
At the age of 35 I was awarded the UK’s Mercury Prize. All the nominees were invited to perform that night. They lifted me from obscurity and celebrated me, setting off a chain of events that changed my life forever.
Now ten years later, I have sung for millions of people in some of the most beautiful theaters in the world, from the Royal Opera House in London to a tiny shed full of Aboriginal women elders in the Western Australian desert. I have accomplished so many of my dreams. I have collaborated with musicians and artists whom I deeply respect. I have held space for feminism, eco-consciousness, and trans advocacy for 2 decades. I have been afforded a platform to participate in the cultural conversation.
I brought my earnings from around the world home to New York City and paid my taxes. That money was spent by the U.S. government on Guantanamo Bay, drone bombs, surveillance, capital punishment, prisons for whistleblowers, corporate subsidies and bank bailouts.
In the United States it is all about money: those who have it and those who don’t. Identity politics are often used as a smokescreen to distract us from this viral culture of wealth extraction. When we are not extracting wealth from nature, we are extracting it from the working and middle classes.
So I have decided not to attend the Academy Awards this election year. I will not be lulled into submission with a few more well manufactured, feel-good ballads and a bit of good old fashioned T. and A. They are going to try to convince us that they have our best interests at heart by waving flags for identity politics and fake moral issues. But don't forget that many of these celebrities are the trophies of billionaire corporations whose only intention it is to manipulate you into giving them your consent and the last of your money. They have been paid to do a little tap dance to occupy you while Rome burns. These are the last days of a great American fake-out sponsored by Exxon Mobile, Walmart, Amazon, Google and Phillip Morris. America, a country that is no longer contained by physical borders, aspires only for more power and control. I want to maximize my usefulness and advocate for the preservation of biodiversity and the pursuit of human decency within my sphere of influence.
November 29th, 2015:
Production by Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never.
In solidarity with the climate conference in Paris,
giving myself a good hard look,
not my aspirations but my behaviors,
revealing my insidious complicity.
It's a whole new world.
Let’s be brave and tell the truth as much as we can.
November 27th, 2015: ANOHNI: HOPELESSNESS shows are being put together. Dates and information will be popping up in our page.
November 5th, 2015: "Manta Ray" by J. Ralph and Antony to appear in Racing Extinction. See article and link of the track.
October 3rd, 2015: I am glad the Vatican has chosen to clarify the situation with Kim Davis, and I want to believe that Pope Francis doesn't support her position. Given his long record of opposing gay marriage, I doubt that his view of it strays far from hers. Gay and transgendered people have been brutalized by the Catholic church for so many years, and I am weary and defensive. The institution that he represents is steeped in violent homophobia and misogyny. I appreciate Pope Francis' courageous statements about climate change. I believe that the subjugation of women and the earth is one and the same; the same element that persecutes gay people and enslaves women is the one that perpetuates genocide against indigenous people and rapes the earth for short-sighted gain. So to me, the protection of nature and the civil rights of women, gay people and transgendered people are parallel and interdependent. And next week, the safety and well-being of so many gay and trans kids and adults around the world will be determined by the message that the pope has projected. -ANOHNI
September 30th, 2015: Apparently was working behind the scenes to undermine gay rights in America. How shameful and pathetic of him. I have been so impressed with his approach to climate and his call to end the death penalty in the US. But for him to make insidious comments about how the "traditional family" is under threat (presumably from gay marriage) and then to secretly meet that poor misguided cretin Kim Davis... I am glad that he is mobilizing his flock to care about nature, but i would still prefer that they would all just evacuate to their heaven now and leave the rest of humanity and nature in peace here on earth. Pope Francis seems still to be causing harm and burning witches in the name of Christ, just like his forefathers.
Pope Francis should line up one hundred gay, lesbian and transgendered people from around the world and wash and kiss their feet. He should issue a formal apology on behalf of the Vatican for centuries of persecuting, torturing and killing gay and transgendered people in the name of their god. Or are we not worthy of his humility, unlike criminals, the American indigenous, and the poor? And he doesn't even have the political courage to speak of his bigotry directly. Knowing it would hurt his popularity, he slithers around in secret, watering the seeds of hatred and violence against gay, lesbian and transgendered people. Jesus Wept. - Anohni
September 23rd, 2015: “I miss the times when I was really free.” Some beautiful
September 23rd, 2015: Goodbye, dear Edwige, butch elegance, punk legend.
photo of Edwige, Antony and Tilda Swinton NYC 2012 by Chuck Fiorello
August 5th, 2015: the event this weekend
all the loving
all the turning
to face eachother
It's like I never
without my home
with no reflection
I cease to exist...
August 4th, 2015: In collaboration with Josh Ralph, Antony wrote a song called Manta Ray for the film about the plight of endangered species.
July 13th, 2015: Antony, Yoshito Ohno (with Kazuo puppet!) and Johanna Constantine after their concerts in São Paulo last week.
July 9th, 2015: from the this morning.
July 8th, 2015: Amazingly, more than 2 weeks since the Q and A episode on ABC in Australia and the Murdoch press is STILL printing detractions and character defamations about me. I must have said something right! I have never received so many emails and pledges of popular support while being so uniformly defamed by the journals. Wonder what Murdoch's memo said to get all his dogs to heel so obediently! Australians, like the rest of us, must take their power back from these corrupted and delusional monied interests. The environment, and the welfare of us all, lies in the balance. - Antony
June 29th, 2015: Antony confronting Australian politicians on about the effects of coal and uranium mining near remote communities.
June 21st, 2015: Uranium mining ban a must for .
June 17th, 2015: Antony and the Johnsons performance from Dark Mofo in Hobart, Tasmania.
June 10th, 2015: "I am performing next week at the Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania, Australia, in order to raise some funds to support the Martu of Parnngurr in the Western Australian Desert in their fight to prevent Cameco and Mitsubishi from building a uranium mine next to their village. On Monday July 22nd we are having a press conference at the MCA in Sydney at which time Martu elders from Parnngurr will discuss their campaign. Antony"
May12th, 2015: Please check out our good friend 's show at thru May 23rd
March 30th, 2015:
March 7th, 2015: URGENT APPEAL FROM ANTONY
A while ago i spent several weeks in the Western desert of Australia working on a project with elders from the aboriginal Martu community in Parnngurr. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The wisdom and radiance of these people was humbling. Their well-being and their knowledge of their homeland is one of Australia's most precious living assets.
Parnngurr is located near a site that the Canadian multinational company Cameco and Japanese company Mitsubishi wishes to exploit for uranium. This will have devastating consequences on the region. I have personally seen other mines in the area. They are horrific. The Martu have always known of the uranium at Kintyre; they have spoken of it for generations in their storytelling as something dangerous that should be left undisturbed. Please watch this
This project poses a direct threat to the integrity of WA’s largest National Park, surrounding communities, the Karlamilyi watershed and a number of threatened and endangered species.
This week the WA Environment Minister approved the proposed uranium mine at Kintyre.
Please share this from the Parnngurr community who are fighting against the uranium proposal – and send a message to Australian Minister Greg Hunt.
Please sign the petition and pass it on to others. Outcry from around the world can only help. - Antony Hegarty
February 23rd, 2015: My new album is co-produced by myself, Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. It's an electronic record with some sharp teeth. We are mixing it now. It's called HOPELESSNESS. My name for this project is ANOHNI. xx
January 29th, 2015: ANTONY HONORED BY NYFA
In 1997, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) awarded Antony a Fellowship in the category of Performance Art/Multidisciplinary Work. He used the award to record his first album and – well, you know the rest. On April 14, NYFA will be inducting Antony into its Hall of Fame. For more information click . An anonymous individual has agreed to match any donation made to the event on his behalf.
January 5th, 2015: Two of Antony's art projects were listed in the Top 5 Art Shows in NYC for 2014. See .
December 26th, 2014: Lady Bunny interviewed Antony for the Huffington Post regarding Antony and Charles Atlas' "You Are My Sister" installation for Midnight Moments here in NYC. Check it out .
December 24th, 2014: Antony recently did an interview with about TURNING. Please check it out .
December 2nd, 2014: YOU ARE MY SISTER now live in from 11:57pm-Midnight through December 30th! Some pics from last night below.
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 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 .
October 28th, 2014: Antony and Charles Atlas recently did an interview with about the upcoming release of TURNING. The review and interview can be seen . Additionally Antony sat down with , , , . 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.
TURNING is available on DVD+CD and digitally on November 11th in North America via Secretly Canadian and November 10th in the UK and Europe on Rough Trade. Pre-order is available at the following outlets:
September 4th, 2014:
Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, Bianca Casady and Sierra Casady present
FUTURE FEMINISM: 13 Tenets of Future Feminism
SEPTEMBER 11–27 2014 NYC
Exhibition and Event Series
Thurs Sept 11 : Opening 6-9PM
Fri Sept 12 : Bianca and Sierra Casady, Sarah Schulman, Rebecca Wright
Sat Sept 13 : Johanna Constantine, Lydia Lunch
Sun Sept 14 : The Factress aka Lucy Sexton, Clark Render as Margaret Thatcher, Laurie Anderson
Wed Sept 17 : Narcissister, Dynasty Handbag, No Bra
Thurs Sept 18 : Ann Snitow speaks with the Future Feminists
Fri Sept 19 : Kiki Smith presents Anne Waldman, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge and Anne Carson
Sat Sept 20 : Kembra Pfahler and The Girls of Karen Black
Sun Sept 21 : Lorraine O’Grady
Wed Sept 24 : Marina Abramovic
Thurs Sept 25 : Carolee Schneemann, Jessica Mitrani, Melanie Bonajo
Fri Sept 26 : Terence Koh as Miss OO
Sat Sept 27 : Viva Ruiz, Julianna Huxtable, Alexyss K. Tylor
// 312 Bowery New York NY 212.466.1100
Exhibition Dates: Sept 11- 27, 2014
Exhibition Hours: Daily 12-6pm
Doors open 7:45pm / Performance Begins 8 pm
Suggested Donation of
If you are interested in attending attending the entire series,
10 limited seats are available for advance purchase. Contact at The Hole for more details.
There are 100 seats per event and they are first come first serve.
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 .
June 25th, 2014: We have added a fourth concert of Swanlights on July 21st at Teatro Real in Madrid. Please see for ticketing information.
July 26th, 2014: We completed the Swanlights series at Teatro Real in Madrid, the final installation of this piece. Thank you to all the artists and symphonies around the world that have helped to develop this piece and give it such a joyful life.
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 “"
Today has created a significant interactive piece echoing the concerns of Lynette ’s film.
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 . You can hear a preview of the song featuring Antony .
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. ""
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 .
January 1st, 2014:
i'm holding on dear
it is a waxwork of echoes
warm my heart
set my hands of fire
hair on fire
dress on fire
oh I'm an angel
an angel on fire
and I'm burning
to escape the cold
I'm swimming in the dead sea
try as I may
to shine in the darkness
warm my heart
set my hands on fire
hair on fire
dress on fire
oh I'm an angel
an angel on fire
and I'm burning
to escape the cold
December 13th, 2013: Two paintings by Antony are now on view at the 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 .
Photo: Lucie Jansch
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 .
November 19th, 2013: Antony has a track called "Angel on Fire" on the Catching Fire Soundtrack which is out now on . 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:
at Carnegie Hall 2006 photo by Timothy Greenfield Saunders
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:
A new paper based on top climate models says that by about 2047, average temperatures across the globe will be higher than any highs recorded previously, with tropics hit earlier.
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 .
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 .
August 26th, 2013: ANTONY: The Cut will be on display at 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 .
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: , , , , and a feature on Antony in .
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 . Antony is a contributor to fellow Future Feminist Bianca Casady's new publication G.A.G. (Girls Against God). For more info please see .
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 . 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 . Antony is interviewed by Debbie Harry and photographs by Francesco Carrozzini. The Toronto run of kicks off tonight at The Luminato Festival staring Antony, Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramovic. For tickets and information please see . 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 .
May 17th, 2013:
ANTONY: THE CUT
The cut on her face
The blood from under her skirt
A red fountain carries me
Towards my destiny
The cut in the sky
Out pour father's eyes
Dive deep in the snow
Cold seed for the spring
Harvest of my creativity
The cut on her face
Portal of our race
Spurned majesty sighs
For that cut!
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 .
May 9th, 2013: ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: SWANLIGHTS will be staged for the first time in London at the 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 .
March 25th, 2013: Please read this 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 and to in NYC in December. For more infomation, please see our .
February 16th, 2013: Please see Antony's performance of "You Are My Sister" at the San Remo Festival .
January 30th, 2013: 3 of Antony's drawings are included in a group show in Manhattan at the that is opening February 5th: "" featuring Antony, Zipora Fried, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Thiago Rocha Pitta,and Patti Smith. Curated by Tim Goossens
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, 6pm – 8pm
The Clocktower Gallery, 108 Leonard Street, 13th Fl
January 28th, 2013: Please read this amazing . 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 . Antony's artwork is also featured in the latest issue of Paper Magazine. Check it out .
November 28th, 2012: Antony lends vocals on Janitor of Lunacy for X-TG's Desertshore. For more information, please see .
November 16th, 2012: TURNING screenings through Tuesday November 16 at IFC Center here in NYC. For further information please seen . Antony and Charles Atlas recently did an interview with Bullett on TURNING, politics, etc. See it .
October 20th, 2012: The US premier of Antony and Charles Atlas' film documentary will screen November 11th as part of at the SVA theater in NYC. For ticketing and theater information please see . Further screenings will take place at IFC Cinema in NYC from November 16th - 22nd. More information on these screenings to come. will have it's Austrian premier at the Vienna International Film Festival on November 3rd and 4th. For further info please see .
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 .
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 . The video for CUT THE WORLD has been nominated for a UKMVA in the "Best Alternative" video category. More info .
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 . 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 . 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 .
September 20th, 2012: Check out the "Director's Cut" of CUT THE WORLD on over at .
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 ,The Skinny , and Metro .
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 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 17th, 2012: Antony was rencently interviewed by and talking about the upcoming album CUT THE WORLD and currating MELTDOWN 2012.
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 on August 14th. You can hear the "Landslide" cover .
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 .
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 . 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
Photo by Inez and Vinoodh
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
Cripple and the Starfish
You Are My Sister
Epilepsy Is Dancing
Kiss My Name
I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy
The Crying Light
May 1st, 2012: Antony's 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 website.
Antony spoke with about curating the MELTDOWN festival this year and Elizabeth Fraser did an interview with about her two concerts at the festival.
March 24th, 2012: Antony and Shalom Harlow are featured in this months "Royalty Issue" shot by Daniele Duella + Iango Henzi.
March 14th, 2012: Antony to currate 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. , , , , , and . Antony was interviewed by Klaus Bisenbach of The MoMA for the Radio City show which can be seen .
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 . 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 .
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 . Antony also spoke with , and leading up to his performance at Radio City.
January 22nd, 2012: To commemorate the exhibition, we are posting a to an article that appeared in the Gaurdian in which Antony discusses many of the works being shown now in LA.
For a first look at Antony and Charles Atlas' film TURNING please see the clip . Antony and Charles also did an extensive article about the film in Politiken.dk, you can see that article .
January 17th, 2012: Antony recently did a series of interviews with , , and ahead of Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights performance at Radio City Music Hall on January 26th. Tickets are still available .
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 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
Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights MoMA commissioned performance is now on-sale via Ticketmaster phone charge at 1-866-858-0008, and online at and .
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
Photo by Clive Osborne
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 today about the upcoming event.
Tickets go on-sale November 12th at 10a.m. For further information please see our .
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 on November 11th in Copenhagen. Click on the image above for further information on the screening.
In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas toured Europe with a concert and live video portrait of 13 women from New York City. The film TURNING explores the heart of that performance. Through its synthesis of Antony´s songs and unfurling video portraiture of the beauties who performed on stage, TURNING creates an intimate and cinematic experience exploring the themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence.
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 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 . Antony will be performing this week with 3 Teens Kill 4 in NYC. For more info please click .
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 for further information.
Antony recently did a series of interviews with Italian press. La Repubblica's interview can be seen .
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 and for information on Chris Levine please see his site .
July 12th, 2011: Antony was interviewed by Linda Yablonsky for The Art Newspaper. See the article .
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 .
Photograph by Lucie Jansch
June 28th, 2011: Antony was recently interviewed for Pitchfork's new feature "5-10-15-20". You can see the feature .
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 .
June 21st, 2011: Antony is featured in 's July issue. Please see below for more details.
Photograph by Max Vadukul
June 6th, 2011: Antony was interviewed by Anders Botter on Danish National Radio recently in Copenhagen. You can hear the interview .
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 .
April 16th, 2011: We are happy to announce that the "Swanlights" 10" is now available through Record Store Day . 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 .
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 . 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 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 to see the video. has described the video as "gorgeous, highly impressionistic".
Go on over to the for some pics from Antony and the Johnsons most recent performance in March at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA.
March 31st, 2011: Antony and the Johnsons will perform at "" in Cornbury Park, UK August 14th, 2011. Ticketing information can be found . More details to come.
March 30th, 2011: Please see Antony and Yoko's performance of "" from last nights benefit for Japan at Le Poisson Rouge.
Photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
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 . We are also happy to announce that will be joining us for premiering at 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 for further information.
February 24th, 2011:
Antony and the Johnsons will release their four track EP “Swanlights” on 10" April 16th through 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
2 - Find The Rhythm Of Your Love
3 - Kissing Noone
4 - Swanlights OPN edit
February 16th, 2011: Take a look at this for the new single "Who Am I To Feel So Free" featuring Antony.
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 .
January 14th, 2011: Antony will be on Studio 360 discussing Kazuo Ohno. Please click 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 . More information of the film can be found .
January 10th, 2011: Antony set to perform at TED in Long Beach, CA March 1st. Infomation regarding the TED conference can be seen along with a full program .
January 6th, 2011: Everglade appears in Inez & Vinoodh's stakeout of Kate Moss on nowness.com. Check it out .
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 .
December 14th, 2010:
Adélie penguins struggle to save eggs submerged by snowmelt.
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
November 4th, 2010: Here is an extended interview with Antony on , and in response to the rumors that Antony is "retiring", they are not true.
October 30th, 2010: Click to see a feature on Antony in , there is also a feature with photo's by Mark Seliger in German Vogue's November issue out now.
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 at 2:30PM EST.
October 14th, 2010: Antony's takeover of 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 . 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 on BBC 2 at 10pm. We are also please to release a music video for
October 11th, 2010: We are happy to announce that "Swanlights" is out now and Antony and the Johnsons take over of 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 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 . He also writes a feature in October's WIRE about his favorite record cover, Marc and the Mambas' "" 12".
October 4th, 2010: Have a first listen to Antony and the Johnsons newest release "Swanlights" one week before it's released on along with a slide show of personal shots from Antony's daily life in a feature called "".
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 site.
Photo by Antony Crook
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 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 page.
August 20th, 2010: Please see our video for "" 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 have teamed up on reworking the title track "Returnal" from OPN's latest album. The 7" version is out August 31st thru . You can hear Antony's version .
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 .
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
2 - You Are The Treasure
3 - My Lord My Love
4 - Pressing On
5 - Imagine
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
2 - The Great White Ocean
3 - Ghost
4 - I'm In Love
5 - Violetta
6 - Swanlights
7 - The Spirit Was Gone
8 - Thank You For Your Love
9 - Flétta
10 - Salt Silver Oxygen
11 - Christina's Farm
June 28th, 2010: Antony is participating in Jerome Sans "It's Not Only Rock and Roll Baby!" exhibition at the 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 .
Antony appears on Laurie Anderson's new album, Homeland, released this month via .
And there is a list of things Antony is looking forward to this summer in .
June 24th, 2010: OPN: Antony | Fennesz "Returnal"
Antony collaborates with Oneohtrix Point Never for a recording of "Returnal" released as a 7" vinyl on 30th August 2010 via Editions Mego. Remixed by Fennesz, with artwork by Stephen O'Malley.
June 21st, 2010: Antony has participated in an article about artists' perceptions of Cocorosie published on today.
June 8th, 2010: Antony wrote an article memorializing the passing of Kazuo Ohno, which has been printed in the Guardian today.
Tender and ethereal interpreter of the modern Japanese dance form butoh
Monday 7 June 2010
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
The Seventh Generation originated with the Iroquois when they thought it was appropriate to think seven generations ahead (a couple hundred years into the future) and decide whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future.
"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.
This is a classic way that right wing parties appeal to the working class, enacting fake morality sweeps across their countries. The fundamentalist Islamics recently did it in Baghdad, executing scores of young gay people in the last year to purge the "American influence" and win the favor of naive constituents. And the rights of women are always just a step behind the rights of faggots. The way a culture embraces its gay and transgender children is one of the greatest litmus tests of the psychic and spiritual health of that society.
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 .
See Antony's recent interview in Sydney with Arts journalist Fenella Kernebone below.
February 24th, 2010: Please see the article on 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 .
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 .
November 24th, 2009: Swedish Singer Ane Brune has performed a cover of "" along with Benny Andersson (ABBA) as the anthem for the concert in Sweden this past Oct. 24th..
November 18th, 2009: '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.
October 19th, 2009: You can hear Antony's recording of "Nessun Dorma" with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra for Lavazza .
For everyone in the UK check out Antony and the Johnsons performance of and on .
It's a great idea to sign 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 .
September 28th, 2009: We have updated our to include all high resolution streaming versions of the music videos, collaborations with designers and animations, check them out . There is also an online preview of Antony's artwork entitled "Epilepsy is Dancing" in 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 .
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 .
September 13th, 2009:: from Antony:
"I want to post this shocking news excerpt that I today, reporting the militia style torture and execution of gay people in Iraq.
ALLAH TREASURES HIS GAY AND TRANSGENDERED CHILDREN.
JESUS ADORES THESE GAY CHILDREN AND RESERVES A SACRED PLACE FOR THEM IN THE FOLDS OF HIS CLOTHES.
IT IS A SIN TO HURT A GAY OR TRANSGENDERED PERSON. YOU HURT ALLAH WHEN YOU HURT ONE OF THESE MEN OR WOMEN, BOYS OR GIRLS.
August 27th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons now have an Official Facebook Page. You can add the page to your Facebook profile . 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 .
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 .
August 4th, 2009: Check out our new video for "" directed by Joie Iacono with footage of Pink Lady by James Elaine. The video was also premiered on .
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 .
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 .
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 . 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 .
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 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 on July 6th in Turin, Italy as part of the . 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 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.
Check out the latest article about Antony in magazine and in addition there are new features in , and L'Uomo Vogue.
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 .
April 24th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons will be on 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 speaking about work done for current art projects and exhibitions including "Six Eyes" at Galerie du Jour in Paris. Also please see articles in and .
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 .
April 3rd, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons performed "Kiss My Name" on Jonathan Ross last night. Please view their performance .
April 2nd, 2009: Please see Antony and the Johnsons performance on NPR's where they perform "Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground", "Epilepsy Is Dancing" and "Another World" .
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:
Antony and the Johnsons Announce Summer Symphony Events,
US/Europe Release of “Epilepsy Is Dancing”,
Collaboration With Matthew Herbert for Coachella,
"Six Eyes" art show at Agnes B gallery in Paris
"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
July 3 & 4 - Manchester , UK - Manchester International Festival at the Opera House with the Manchester Camerata
July 21 – Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere with the Opera de Lyon Orchestra
July 28 - Rome , Italy - Cavea at Il Parco della Musica with the Rome Sinfonietta
August 9 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Jazz Festival – (for the inauguration of the open air venue of the Opera House) with the Oslo Opera House Orchestra
August 14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival with the Gothenburg Symphonic 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 and on Pitchfork .
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 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 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 .
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 for details.
March 5th, 2009: Hear Antony and the Johnsons' recent concert in Washington DC on with Bob Boilen. Watch excerpts from the concert on or song by song on
"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 . Get yer tickets .
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
February 19th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons performed "Aeon" last night on The Late Show with David Letterman. You can see their performance . Also please see piece on Antony that hit the stands today.
February 18th, 2009: Antony and the Johnsons will be performing tonight on on CBS 11:30PM EST & PST.
February 17th, 2009: Please see Antony's interview and performance on Germany's .
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:
February 9th, 2009: Antony's performance and interview on "Spinning on Air" with David Garland on WNYC airs this week. Please check for details.
February 7th, 2009: Another review in, click and some nice pictures from the Washington DC show, click .
February 4th, 2009: First reviews from the US show in , and .
Photo by Michael Alan Goldberg
Antony will be on 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 .
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 .
Antony and the Johnsons have been confirmed for Coachella Sunday April 19th. Tickets are on sale .
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 . 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 .
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 .
December 30th, 2008: From the press release: "Isis Gallery presents The Creek (January 17th - February 28th 2009)
mountains and the sea, 2008
Isis Gallery is proud to present The Creek - the first exhibition in the UK of artworks by the renown singer Antony. His artworks open up dream landscapes: often fragmentary in appearance, these images map his dreams and liminal states; polymorphic realms give way to indicated spirits; pen marks and scratches conjure archetypes and invite conscious and unconscious visions to emerge. The primary elements go through many stages - drawn on, burned, soaked in the rain, thrown away and reclaimed, drawn on again, stained or dried over a fire. These are then arranged and photographed. The intimacy of this unique gallery space then heightens the focus and clarity of these private spells. Recalling the notebooks of William S. Burroughs and Antonin Artaud, Antony's works describe the arc of a dream atlas in which each diverse aspect is unified through the desire for healing. For his work in this exhibition, Antony has collaborated with performance artist Johanna Constantine, model Dr. Julia Yasuda Ph.D, photographer Don Felix Cervantes, and artistic advisor Joie Iacono.
Isis Gallery 20 Hanway St. London W1T 1UG, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm"
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 .
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
1. Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground
2.Epilepsy is Dancing
3. One Dove
4. Kiss My Name
5. The Crying Light
6. Another World
7.,Daylight and the Sun
9. Dust and Water
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 for details.
Please sign up for our new to be invited to participate in a special offer in the near future.
And here's a couple more magazines coming out now, in Norway and the UK:
December 2nd, 2008: A feature article in is out now, along with a article / pod cast in and the Another World EP is listed in must have section for the week of Nov. 30th!
November 10th, 2008: We played two concerts last week in London at The Barbican Center with The London Symphony Orchestra. Reviews: | | |
September 30th 2008: Full length for Another World directed by Colin Whitaker taken from Antony and the Johnsons upcoming "Another World" EP out on October 7th. The video can be viewed
September 27th 2008: We made a 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 . 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.
September 12th 2008: The Portand Concert and Milan concerts went well, see reviews and .
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 .
August 26th 2008: On October 7th, Antony and the Johnsons will release "Another World" EP on cd and vinyl. Below is the press release:
Antony 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 spectacle "TURNING".
Now Antony and the Johnsons have emerged with a new album, ‘The Crying Light’ which will be released January 21st 2009. "Another World" is the first single, and it will be released as part of the five-song Another World EP which is being released on October 7th.
On "Another World", Antony sings of a disappearing world. The EP also includes "Shake That Devil". Part exorcism and part Shangri La, Antony calls out shape-shifting perpetrators and banishes them one by one. Two other songs, "Crackagen" and "Sing For Me" are pastoral and surreal. Finally the epic "Hope Mountain" closes the EP, an episodic narrative set after a flood; people gather on a mountain to witness the emergence of a luminous girl.
The cover features a portrait of Japanese Butoh co-founder Kazuo Ohno, taken by Pierre-Olivier Deschamps in 1984.
Another World track listing:
01 Another World
03 Shake That Devil
04 Sing for Me
05 Hope Mountain"
The only confirmed concerts occuring in 2008 are listed in the .
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 for details and tickets sales.
Björk releases the new single ‘The Dull Flame of Desire’ on September 29th 2008 through . 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 .
June 1st 2008: Antony is participating in a group show of visual work at 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 page:
a concert in Portland with The Oregon Symphony for on September 5th.
a concert with The Milan Symphony on September 10th.
a second concert at the in Zaragosa, Spain with The Milan Symphony on September 12th.
two concerts at with The London Symphony Orchestra on October 30th and 31st.
Antony is one of the artists represented by John Marchant's 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 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's voice was heard on several fashion runways this season ("Knocking on Heaven's Door" and "Blind"), including those of Gucci, Fendi, and .
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 and the .
Antony did a 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 .
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. go on sale on Wednesday at and 5. 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" . Hear Hercules tracks including "Blind" on the .
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 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 is incredibly inspiring; we recommend everyone see it if they get a chance. Also take a moment to read the 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.
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 , 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 .)
Antony is preparing for his March 9th with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with composer . 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 , which is due out this Spring.
Antony sings all the vocals on the 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 .
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 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 , Stratford-upon-Avon on the 24th and 25th of February, 2007.
Songs by Antony and the Johnsons are featured in two new Italian films: Alessandro Angelini's and Paolo Sorrentino's .
And finally, we are delighted by the reception of 's new album, which has been getting great reviews throughout Europe.
December 31th 2006: , 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 .
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 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 ,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 , 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 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 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 .
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.
We have repressed the long out of print " EP for your listening pleasure. Richard Soldier has also placed the Johnsons t-shirts up for sale online at .
February 18th 2006: See 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 13th 2006: "I am a Bird Now" has been nominated for the . Antony has been also nominated in the category of "british male solo vocalist" for the . Gadzooks!
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 .
November 27th 2005: You can view Charles Atlas' new video for "You Are My Sister" . 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.
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 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. on October 13th. Antony and the Johnsons will also perform on David Letterman on the 18th.
Adam Shecter has created a new animation for to round off his trilogy of collaborations with Antony and the Johnsons. Over the last two years, Adam has also created animations for and .
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 "" 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 . Another interesting source of news about Antony and co. on the web is A chat forum about Antony and the Johnsons can be accessed .
September 14th 2005: Tickets for Antony and the Johnsons' concert at Carnegie Hall on October 13th are now on sale and can be purchased .
September 10th 2005: Antony and the Johnsons Album of the Year for "I Am a Bird Now". Also, Antony and Boy George are participating in the 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 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 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 . And view a 4 song acoustic set of Antony on piano in a different Italian tv studio . Antony's London X-FM session with Bernard Butler can be listened to . The Dutch VPRO documentary can be viewed .
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 .
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 or from the Town Hall box office (212) 840 2824.
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.
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 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 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 . There is a great review of "I am a Bird Now" in this week's . 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 in the UK and Scandinavia.
Jon Whitney at Brainwashed.com has put together a comprehensive 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 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 for Antony and the Johnsons' "I Am a Bird Now" album release concert at 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 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 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 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 .
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.
September 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.
There is an article on Antony in this month's Italian Vogue; we've started washing all our dirty frocks.
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.
July 14th 2004: Antony and Julia enjoyed taking part in the festival is Jesi, Italy.
Special thanks to COIL, Massimo and Pierce, and all who attended this starlit event.
Secretly Canadian have now reissued Antony and the Johnsons' debut album.
June 11th 2004: Antony has signed with , an independent label based in Indiana.
Secretly Canadian are reissuing Antony and the Johnsons' debut album in July.
Antony is planning tours of Europe and the US.
Lou Reed's live album "Animal Serenade" which includes Antony singing "Candy Says" has been released by SIRE/REPRISE.
May 16th 2004: We have added some photos from , 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 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 .
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 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 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 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 .
May 2003: Listen to this delightful NPR 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.
Adam Shecter, creator of theworldofadam.com, has made an for the Johnsons' version of "Mysteries of Love."
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