The starting point for the JP trio/band/chamberorchestra was in Toronto. Johnny wandered the streets and clubs of the city until he found a collection of fine underground musicians to perform on the record. Upon returning to the UK he joined up with Ben Milway (Drums) and Dave Lynch (Bass) to reinterpret the album live to be performed along side Andy Holden's visuals. The trio then made part one of three mini albums, 'Little Prayers 1-8' in there own studio in the Bedfordshire countryside.
The following albums 'Songs without a purpose' and 'More Love & Death' explore a different side to Johnny's craft and the ensemble exponentially expanded. Hundreds of pages of scrutinized manuscript were brought to the studio to be played by the trio and a small chamber orchestra. Influenced as much by ideas from soundtracks, (think morricone, nyman and glass) as songwriters, (cohen, cave, waits,) the records jump-cuts between between hushed melancholic whispering, and sweeping final-scene grandeur.
The UK launch of "More Love & Death', May 2009 saw the official birth of the Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra with a concert at the Union Chapel.
“More Love & Death” was released in Germany by “SONGS & WHISPERS” on January 28th 2011.
The summer of 2012 saw the release of the 'sister' album to 'More Love and Death'. Titled after the reworked "Fields and Birds and Things", this is a complete re-imagining: the album transported to a parallel universe where some lyrics and melodies remain, but what was minor becomes major, old favourites occupy disco landscapes, characters from the previous album have mutated and transformed to stride forth anew, and uncanny moments of resemblance and flamboyant arrangements pervade every turn.