John Parish has been writing for film, theatre and contemporary dance since the late ‘90s when his first score for ROSIE (Belgium,1998 Dir. Patrice Toye) won the Jury Special Appreciation Award at the 1999 Bonn International Film & TV Music Biennale. His score for Toye’s LITTLE BLACK SPIDERS (2012) was nominated for an Ensor.
He also wrote the music for Ursula Meier’s L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT (Sister) , winner of the special Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Parish was a member of the international jury at the 2013 Gent Film Festival.
As a producer, Parish has been responsible for a string of ground breaking albums, most recently PJ Harvey’s Mercury Prize winning ‘LET ENGLAND SHAKE’, JENNY HVAL’s ‘INNOCENCE IS KINKY’, ROKIA TRAORE’s ‘BEAUTIFUL AFRICA’, and KIRA’s Steppeluven Award winning ‘WHEN WE WERE GENTLE’.
Other productions include SPARKLEHORSE, TRACY CHAPMAN, 16 HORSEPOWER, THIS IS THE KIT, ARNO and more.
As an artist he has co-authored two albums with PJ Harvey – ‘DANCE HALL AT LOUSE POINT’ (1996) and ‘A WOMAN A MAN WALKED BY’ (2009) – one album with EELS – ‘SOULJACKER’ (2001) , and released three albums under his own name on the acclaimed Thrill Jockey label – ‘HOW ANIMALS MOVE’ (2002) , ‘ONCE UPON A LITTLE TIME’ (2005) and ‘SCREENPLAY’ (2013), a compilation of his film music drawn from several scores including ‘Sister’ and ‘Little Black Spiders’.