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steve parker

composer // trombonist // curator

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Tubascopes

Listening devices inspired by WWII acoustic locators, affectionately known as War Tubas.

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Requiem

A musical composition made from reclaimed brass, Arduino, and static electricity.

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TRAFFIC JAM

New works for ensembles of 80 carhorns, bicycles, pedicabs, and automobiles, performed in a parking lot.

TRAFFIC JAM - Art Basel Miami

New works for ensembles of 80 carhorns, bicycles, pedicabs, and automobiles, premiered at Art Basel Miami.

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SoundSpace

"The most successful new music event in the city…the combination of music and art has vaulted the series into must-see status" (Austin American Statesman)

SoundSpace is a concert series at the Blanton Museum of Art that features simultaneous, interdisciplinary performances throughout the museum's galleries.  

Founded and curated by Steve Parker.  Generously underwritten by Mike Chesser.

Recycled Sounds

Interactive, public instrument sculptures made from reclaimed materials installed in the Austin City Hall parking garage.  Made in collaboration with Austin SoundWaves and artists Jebney Lewis and Travis Weller.

Euph

For double belled euphonium, composed by Phill Niblock.

 

Composition No. 19

for 100 marching tubas, by Anthony Braxton

BAT // MAN

A site-specific work about loss, invisibility, and memory.  For 1.5 million bats, conch shell ensemble, megaphone choir, and handmade echolocation devices.

LO FI CYCLE

Interactive, public instrument sculpture made from a bicycle and reclaimed brass instruments.  

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SoundAtlas

SoundAtlas is an interactive sound installation for Northwest Austin.  Available via free iPhone app Soundyarn, the soundtrack reacts to the user's movement and location in real time.  

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Music for Wilderness Lake

12 trombonists, arranged around a body of water, are cued by nautical flags from a boat in the lake.  Performed at dusk and dawn. Composed by R. Murray Shafer.

The Way of Timbre

Performed in coordination with the LED light display of the James Turrell Skyspace.  For trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves.  Composed by Steve Parker.

Orbits

Monumental work for 80 trombones, organ, and sopranino by Henry Brant. Performed in the atrium of the Blanton Museum of Art by student, amateur, and professional trombonists from across Texas.

Season of Innocence - Ballet Austin

An inspired retelling of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"  -- original Score by Steve Parker

Score commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.

The Language and Sound Project

The Language and Sound Project is a concept-driven program for solo trombone and electronics, exploring the connection between language, text, music, and sound. 

The show consists of newly commissioned works from composers in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. The program intertwines different modes of communication, including the contrapuntal language of J.S. Bach,  the language of chimpanzees, Texas cattle auctioneers, and Tuvan throat singing.

Presented across the US, Europe, and South America.