steve parker

music // sound

header photo

Steve's mailing list (occasional news + events)

NEA Art Works 

My project BAT / MAN will receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, via the Fusebox Festival.  The project will premiere at the 2016 festival featuring 2.5 million bats and a handful of human performers at the Congress Street Bridge in Austin, TX.

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.

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.  

This is a Drawing Lines project.  Please, follow our progress here


Here is a video of SLUSHPUMP, a piece I made for trombone choir and pedicab fleet. Featuring the talents of the Texas Trike Pilots and UTSA Trombone Choir + the brilliant Steve Snowden!



TRAFFIC JAM (workshopped version) was a honking good time!  Here is some printed and radio press about the event.  Video coming soon, courtesy of Dávid Lovas.

KUT Arts Eclectic     Texas Standard     Austin Chronicle

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.  

SXSW: ATX Composers Showcase - 3/21, 8PM @Hideout Theatre

Graham Reynolds and David Lobel have curated an outstanding lineup for SXSW this year, including Fast Forward Austin, line upon line percussion, and Justin Sherburn.  

My set is at 8PM, featuring new choreography by Nick Kepley of Ballet Austin and improvisors Jason Phelps, Mark McCoin, Steve Jensen, Steve Snowden, and Molly Emerman.   


TRAFFIC JAM is a project that creates new works for an ensemble of cars, trucks, and bicycles. A workshopped version of these works will be performed at the 2016 Fusebox Festival at the Blue Starlite Drive-In, featuring a massive choir of 80 carhorns, a bicycle fitted with horn speakers broadcasting FM radio, sound installations played on car stereos, and choreographed pedicabs.

Happy to say that the project is sponsored by New Music USA, the City of Austin, and the Texas Music Office.  More details here.

SoundSpace: Free Music and Community

Our January SoundSpace featured a wide array of improvisors who are active in their respective communities: Alvin Fielder, (founding member of the AACM), Damon Choice (Sun Ra), Chandra Washington (Sun Ra), Adam Rudolph and his Go: Organic Orchestra (Co-presented by CoFG), Damon Smith, Dave Dove, trombonist and director of Nameless Sound, The Home of Easy Credit (NYC / Denmark), new choreography by Nick Kepley, featuring Ballet Austin, SSBT (Chris Cogburn, Steve Jensen and Parham Daghighi), Bel Curore Sax Quartet, Bob Hoffnar, steel guitarist, Kati Hernandez-Cowles, performance artist.  Press: Arts + Culture Texas

SoundSpace: Sound Construction

Our next SoundSpace program at the Blanton Museum is an exploration of unusual timbre and the novel processes used to create it.  Featured are a premiere by Travis Weller and his consort of hand crafted instruments, Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress / Data Garden, Dan Lippel of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble, Chris Cogburn, curator of the No Idea Festival, and bassist extraordinaire Damon Smith.  

KUT's Arts Eclectic         Austin American Statesman          Arts and Culture Texas

Way of Timbre Documentation

Dan Robinson of Your Media created a stunning video archive of our performance of The Way of Timbre for trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves.  The performance occurred at the James Turrell Skyspace located at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  

You can watch the video 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.

The Way of Timbre

I wrote a piece for trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves for the James Turrell Skyspace at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Commissioned by the Artosphere Festival, the premiere was June 21st at dusk on the Summer Solstice.

Here is the trailer.  

Music for Wilderness Lake

I produced a performance of R. Murray Shafer's Music for Wilderness Lake at The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria June 27-28. The work is a piece of "environmental music" performed at Dusk and Dawn by twelve trombone players, arranged along the perimeter of a lake, signaled by nautical flags on a raft floating in the water.

In our case, we used a beautiful, handmade canoe built by local artist Aldo Valdés Böhm.  

KUT Arts Eclectic Interview     KMFA Interview

SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960

The most recent SoundSpace concert coincided with Veronica Roberts' Converging Lines exhibit, chronicling the work of Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt.  This  program included works by Glass, Reich, LaMonte Young, Terry Riley and featured line upon line percussion, the Invincible Czars, Outlier, One Ounce Opera, and the Felix Quartet.  

Here is a nice article by Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle about the show and here is a Q&A with some of the performers.  

Installation at Austin City Hall

Recycled Sounds is a project that creates novel, recycled instruments and installs them in unexpected public places. Over a series of workshops with students and faculty from Austin SoundWaves, we explored improvisation, composition, and acoustics. The project culminated with a downtown performance and several large-scale instrument installations in collaboration with Travis Weller and Jebney Lewis.  These instruments will be on display for the next thirty days at the the Austin City Hall Parking Garage.  Austin American Statesman article   Austin 360 video

Braxton's 100 Tubas

The Oct SoundSpace concert featured the Austin premiere of Anthony Braxton's Composition No. 19, for 100 marching tubas. James Fei directed the performance. You can watch a video of the entire performance here.

Social Practice Lab: Music on Pearl

Music on Pearl is a project in collaboration with the Philly Youth Workshop and Jeb Lewis that will install  large scale instruments along the Pearl St alleyway in Chinatown North. You can follow the project's progress here.

This project is sponsored by the Asian Arts Initiative Social Practice Lab.

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.

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

New Residency in Philadelphia
2012-2013 I'll be Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia.  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."

Austin Critics' Table Award
SoundSpace won the 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 trombones, organ, and soprano.