Arranger, composer and American eccentric Van Dyke Parks in New York at the 2013 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy.

Parks may perhaps be best known for penning the lyrics to a certain lost classic by the Beach Boys, but that’s not even the half of it. His first arranging job was on The Jungle Book (where his addition, “The Bare Necessities,” scooped an Academy Award nomination); he once sang “Stille Nacht” to Einstein; and back in the ’70s he started the world’s first record-company video department at Warner Bros. This dynamo of expressive, idiosyncratic musical ideas shows no sign of running out of juice—more recently he’s woven his expressive arrangements around the music of Rufus Wainwright, St. Etienne, and Joanna Newsom, for whom he orchestrated her second album, Ys.

For more lectures from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, visit redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures

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