steve parker

artist // musician // curator

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The project page for GRACKLE CALL is up.  It premieres in April at Fusebox, augmented by a series of free workshops & birding excursions.  Check it out.

"What is Steve Parker actually doing?" by Luke Quinton

A profile on some recent work for Jeanne Claire van Ryzin's new publication Sightlines.

 NEA - Art Works

Honored to receive an NEA grant to relaunch TRAFFIC JAM.  Read all about it, and the other great projects here.

Public Art Commission

Commissioned by the City of Austin Art in Public Places to create a series of listening devices modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators. Follow progress here.

MAAA Grant

Grateful for Artistic Innovations support from Mid America Arts Alliance to create a performance about the great-tailed grackle that takes the form of a traveling birding expedition.  Follow our progress here.  


I'm making an interactive bicycle musical instrument for the City of Conway.  Here is a blog with updates.

New York Times review

I recently performed two interesting solo trombone works at Miller Theatre at Columbia University -- Berio's Sequenza V and Francesconi's Animus I.  The NYT covered the concert in this review.

Art Basel Miami

A TRAFFIC JAM is coming to Art Basel Miami!  Hosted by MDC Live Arts on Dec 3rd, the project is already getting some traction as a Top 10 Performance for 2016-2017 by the Miami Herald.

Critics' Table Award Winner

TRAFFIC JAM won the 2016 Critics' Table Award.  Thanks to the many participating artists and especially the Fusebox Festival, who presented and sponsored the event. Here is some info about the project.

Texas Touring Roster

I'm now a member of the Texas Touring Roster, which means the Texas Commission on the Arts can assist presenters with artist fees.  Info here

New Lachenmann / Signal CD
In 2010, I joined Helmut Lachenmann and Ensemble Signal for a series of rare performances, highlighting Lachemann's ground
breaking work over the past 50 years. These performances were recorded at EMPAC and include Lachenmann performing his solo piano pieces Guero, Ein Kinderspiel, and Wiegenmusik, as well the narration in “...Zwei Gefühle...”  Now available on CD, on Mode Records. DVD release in 5.1 surround sound on Mode Records forthcoming. Amazon iTunes

Ballet Austin II: Season of Innocence

I wrote the score for the new Ballet Austin II production of Season of Innocence, an inspired retelling of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.  Nick Kepley created the breathtaking choreography and the talented videographer Farid Zarrinabadi made the video.  You can watch the video here.  


My public art commission is now installed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts until mid-Nov. Here is a lovely article by Robert Faires of the Chronicle.  You can also see more on the bike's Tumblr page.

Austin Chronicle: Best of Austin Award

I was honored to receive a "Best of Austin" award from the Austin Chronicle for recent hijinks involving pedicabs, carhorns, and a parking lot.  Full article here.

Arts in Context: Music for Wilderness Lake

KLRU / PBS put together a very fine mini-documentary of our production of Music for Wilderness Lake.  

You can watch it free here.

NEA Art Works 

My project BAT / MAN received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, via the Fusebox Festival.  The project premiered in April 2016 and received a Critics' Table Award Nomination.  Video coming soon.

New Bang on a Can / Signal CD

Signal has released a new recording: Shelter is the product of an unusual three-way collaboration among Bang on a Can’s founding composers. Scored for 3 sopranos and 17-piece ensemble, Shelter explores and contrasts what the concept of Shelter means to different cultures. This premiere recording, under conducting of Brad Lubman and production of Michael Riesman, has been released on Cantaloupe Records.  You can listen to the recording in its entirety on the Atlantic Monthly website.

Nearly Extinct release 

I made a record with Henry Kaiser, Damon Smith, and Chris Cogburn, released by Balance Point Acoustics.  We've been lucky to get some nice press from The Wire and others.  You can listen / buy here.

Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and interspecies relationships. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles.