steve parker

composer // trombonist // curator

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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.

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.

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.

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.  

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

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.

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.

Public Art Commission

I've been awarded a commission by Art in Public Places to make a temporary sculpture near the Long Center / Auditorium Shores.  The object will be an interactive bicycle musical instrument, a conceptual nod to Duchamp / Cage / Zappa. Here is the project page!

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.

Drawing Lines: SoundAtlas

SoundAtlas is an interactive, GPS trigged sound installation for District 10 in Austin.  Available via the free app Soundyarn, the soundtrack reacts to the user's movement and location in real time.