Antony And The Johnsons Biography
Last updated: 07/03/2011 12:00:00 PM
Antony first presented his songs after-hours at the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge in NYC. After receiving a N.Y.F.A. fellowship for "performance art/emergent forms," Antony assembled the Johnsons and recorded his first album. Antony and the Johnsons have since performed at venues including the Bloomsbury theater, the Warhol Museum, the Wexner Center, Townhall, and Royce Hall. Recently, Antony has also performed solo at Carnegie Hall for Phillip Glass's Tibet House Benefit and with Hal WIllner at the Sydney Opera House.
Antony sang on Lou Reed's albums The Raven and Animal Serenade and toured with Lou internationally in 2003. Antony appeared as an androgynous convict singing to a crowd of inmates in Steve Buscemi's film Animal Factory. He also appeared recently singing "I Fell in Love to a Dead Boy" to a crowd of empathetic Parisian transsexuals in Sebastien Lifshitz's latest film Wild Side.
Antony was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial; he collaborated with Charles Atlas to stage a 3 night series at Saint Ann's Warehouse in NYC called "TURNING." A concert and live video installation, "TURNING" featured Antony and the Johnsons playing before a cast of 13 slowly revolving Beauties, whose images were simultaneously processed and projected onto a giant screen.
Antony and the Johnsons' first recordings were released by David Tibet on his label, Durtro in the UK. In Summer 2004, Antony signed to the label Secretly Canadian, who rereleased the debut album as well as the new Antony and the Johnsons album "I Am a Bird Now" in February 2005. Antony is represented by Rough Trade in the UK and Scandinavia. Antony's "The Lake" was included on Devendra Banhart's Bastet compilation "The Golden Apples of the Sun."