I’m happy to share that I’ve been awarded a Mid America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations grant to support a new exhibition in partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Amazeum. Listening Objects uses sculpture, performance, and education to engage the public in the art of listening. At the heart of this project is the creation of interactive sound sculptures that facilitate the simple, yet overlooked, act of focused listening. These objects will be experienced by people of all ages and will be exhibited outdoors during Artosphere: Arkansas’ annual Art + Nature festival. These sculptures will be accompanied by an illustrated book of listening games, a series of public workshops, and live performances.
WAR TUBA RECITAL
Happy to share some press & beautiful documentation of WAR TUBA RECITAL, courtesy of Jose Lozano, Colin Doyle, and Sarah Frankie Linder.
WAR TUBA RECITAL examines the history of conflict through sound. Combing military artifacts (acoustic locators, air raid sirens, leaflet propaganda of Dr. Seuss, coded radio transmissions, the WWII Ghost Army, and the weaponization of marching bands) with the sonic philosophies of John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Cornelius Cardew, items are transformed into tools for awareness, discovery, and renewal.
I'm incredibly grateful and honored to receive the 2018 Tito's Visual Art Prize, which is facilitated by the wonderful Big Medium Gallery. The prize comes courtesy of a donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Austin–based liquor company and includes a $15,000 award and a solo exhibition in the Big Medium Gallery, which will open with a special reception on Friday, October 19 and run through the East Austin Studio Tour.
What is Steve Parker actually doing?
The Austin-based musician has composed music for an ensemble of vehicles and created sound art sculpture that riff on WWII war tubas. Now he's composing for grackles
FUSEBOX FESTIVAL INTERVIEW
Steve Parker on his Grackle-Inspired Sound Walk Around Austin
Steve Parker is a trombonist, composer, and curator based in Austin, Texas. After training in classical trombone, his practice shifted towards socially-engaged projects that bring together interdisciplinary collaborators to experiment with sound and new ways of being together.
Steve’s latest project GRACKLE CALL, premiering at Fusebox this April, is no different: audience members are invited on a sound walk throughout the city where they’ll encounter dance, poetry, and installations all related to the city’s iconic bird.
KUT MORNING EDITION
Pest Or Pal? Artists Explore Austin's Long, Strange Relationship With Grackles
Austin is a place that not only prides itself on bars and festivals, but also on its wildlife. While bats and salamanders have long enjoyed a certain ecological cache, lately the great tailed grackle has become a controversial contender for unofficial city mascot. Still, it flies in a strange borderland between love and hate.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Review: Ensemble Signal’s Musicians Do Solo Turns in ‘Theatricals’
There was only one possible criticism of the trombonist Steven Parker’s wonderful performance of Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza V” (1966) on Tuesday evening, part of a Pop-Up concert at Miller Theater: a sorry lack of clown shoes.
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
A Bicycle Built for Tunes
Bicycles aren't just for personal transportation anymore. You can also use them to make music. Well, there's one of them you can use to make music: Steve Parker's Lo Fi Cycle, just installed on the Long Center lawn as part of Art in Public Places' TEMPO program of temporary art installations.
AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN
Musician’s project invites people to play music in City Hall parking garage
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
That a parking garage could be an impromptu performance venue doesn’t seem an absurd proposition to Austin musician and composer Steven Parker.
After all, like a subway station platform, a parking garage is a utilitarian public space in which many people come and go at all hours. And if in many metropolitan areas busking musicians transform subway platforms into performance space for passers-by, couldn’t a parking garage hold the same potential?
PBS ARTS IN CONTEXT
Music for Wilderness Lake
Set against the stunning backdrop of Laguna Gloria, R. Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake is a contemplative experience that combines a natural soundscape with haunting music. Organized by Director Steve Parker, twelve trombonists position themselves around the lagoon to play the experimental piece at dawn and at dusk, while a conductor sits in a canoe in the middle of the lagoon.