steve parker

artist // musician // curator

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Inuksuit at Laguna Gloria- Call for musicians

Coming this June, percussionists from throughout the US will convene in NW Arkansas to perform John Luther Adams' monumental work, Inuksuit, for 9-99 percussionists.  Recognized as "one of the Best Classical Performances of 2011," by the New Yorker's Alex Ross, the work will be performed at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. This will be the regional premiere.  

We are inviting you to be a part of this exciting project, which will be featured in the 2013 Artosphere Festival, Arkansas' Art and Nature Festival.  We anticipate that will attract regional and national media attention, and offers the chance to perform with some of the finest percussionists in the region.  


ABOUT THE MUSIC  (The execution of this project is modeled after the excellent, trailblazing work of Doug Perkins and Eighth Blackbird)

A work scored for “nine to ninety-nine percussionists,” intended to be played outdoors,Inuksuit is designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day and to energize our experience of our own environment. It is written for an incredible array of instruments: conch shells, airhorns, sirens, gongs, bells, maracas, drums, cymbals, and toy pianos. (Summary courtesy of Doug and 8BB)




Thursday June 20th

Check in at Staybridge Suites, 1577 W 15th St, Fayetteville, AR ‎

7-9PM load-in and rehearsal Bentonville High School, 1801 SE J Street, Bentonville, AR 72712 


 Friday June 21st

10AM-1 rehearsal  BHS

3-5PM rehearsal BHS


Saturday June 22nd

10AM-12PM load-in at Crystal Bridges Museum, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712

2-4PM dress rehearsal, CBM

7:15 Performance, CBM


Sunday June 23rd

AM departure



As this is a large undertaking by all parties involved, we are asking your help in a few ways.  First, we request that you provide your own instruments (list below).  Second, participants will need to cover their own transportation costs.  The Artosphere Festival will provide accommodations to all participants in the form of hotel rooms, home-stays, or dorm-style housing.  

This project is open to professionals, college-age music students, and skilled high school percussionists.  

Questions?  Please email Steve Parker.



Group 1 (percussionists or brass players): Conch, Siren, Triangle, Clancy metal

Group 2 (skilled percussionists): 6-9 drums, Stones or another friction instrument, Sizzle cymbal

Group 3 (skilled percussionists): 6 cymbals, Tam tam, Glockenspiel, Bull roar or whirly tune



Deadline is May 15th, 2013!