steve parker

artist // musician // curator

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Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. His work has been featured at Art Basel Miami, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fusebox Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin. He worked previously as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, a Harrington Scholar at UT Austin, and has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace, Mid American Arts Alliance, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.  

As a trombonist, Steve has performed at leading festivals in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, including the Lincoln Center Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT festival, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim Museum, the Spoleto Festival, Roulette, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). As a soloist and as a member of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, Steve he has premiered over 200 new works, and has worked closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Charles Wuorinen, Corey Dargel, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. His performances can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, PBS Newshour, and on Bridge, Cantaloupe and Mode Records.

Steve is the curator of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art and is on faculty at UTSA. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

steven.c.parker [at] gmail [dot] com

Steve is part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, which provides matching grants to presenters to fund performances and projects. For more info, please visit the TCA website.

Mastermind...inventive and irreverent programming” (Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle)

"Incredible, jaw-dropping soloist” (New Music Box)

"Music in a traditional auditorium is well and good, but if we've learned one thing from Steve Parker, it's that all the world's a concert hall. His boldness and fervor inspire us and carloads of other music lovers to go off-roading with him at every opportunity. Honk if you love Steve Parker!" (Austin Chronicle)

"There was only one problem with Steven Parker's wonderful performance of "Sequenza V": a sorry lack of clown shoes." (The New York Times)

"Steve Parker [is] a trombone rockstar: he plays in Ensemble Signal and is a professor at UTSA. But in addition to his playing, he organizes art events around Austin, where he uses parts of the city as source material for his work....It seems that Steve always has a new and adventurous project up his sleeve." (Natalie Zeldin, KMFA)