Steve Parker is a performer, educator, and arts collaborator based in Austin, TX. He directs SoundSpace, a concert series at the Blanton Museum of Art, is on faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and performs as a member of Ensemble Signal in NYC.
photo credit: Jay Janner, Austin American Statesman
Signal has released another 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 (and plenty of trombone and slide trumpet glissandi) in its entirety on the Atlantic Monthly website.
We are gearing up for our next SoundSpace concert on March 10th. It's a SxSW-preview of sorts, featuring artists who explore the musical realm between classical, rock, and pop. On the docket are Mother Falcon (pictured), Graham Reynolds, Convergence, Peter Stopschinski, One Ounce Opera, Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet, and new compositions by Andy Sigler. Here is a preview on KUT's Art's Eclectic. Thanks to Mike Lee for having us on his fine program!
New Lachenmann / Signal CD
In 2010, I had the privilege to participate with Helmut Lachenmann and Ensemble Signal for a series of rare performances, highlighting Lachemann's groundbreaking 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
SoundSpace: Space and Symmetry
Our latest SoundSpace concert was a huge success! The show was attended by over 500 people and we received some nice media exposure, with radio spots on KUT (NPR), KUHF, and KOOP. Reviews are below, more pictures and video to come.
NewMusicBox Space and Symmetry
Austin 360 Review: Space and Symmetry
Culturemap Austin SoundSpace Preview
New Residency in Philadelphia
I'm happy to announce that I'll be Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia from 2012-2013. I'll working with their Social Practice Lab, which focuses on "Philadelphia’s Chinatown North as a dynamic neighborhood site for local and national artists to explore contemporary visual and performing arts that forge alliances to encourage neighborhood development and positive change within the community."
One of the coolest parts about this residency is that I'll be working alongside artists from a wide range of disciplines, including radio, video documentary, visual art, and performance art.
Austin Critics' Table Award
My series, SoundSpace, won the 2012 Austin Critics' Table Award, thanks to the many musicians and artists that performed. Stay tuned for the next show on Oct 21st, which will feature Henry Brant's mesmerizing work, Orbits, for 80 (E-I-G-H-T-Y!) trombones, organ, and soprano. Orbits was most recently performed at the Guggenheim Museum and the New York times wrote this review of the performance. Don't miss the Austin premiere in Oct!
New Faculty Appointment
This fall, I will happily join the faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I'm joining a fantastic group of colleagues who have a wide range of creative pursuits.
We have a number of fun events happening this year, including a residency with Abbie Conant, and a performance at the San Antonio Spurs game. Please visit the studio website for more information, or join our facebook page here.