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SoundSpace Reframes the Refugee Conversation
Blanton Museum music series explores the refugee experience
DAILY Arts  June 3, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...With SoundSpace: Refugees, the Blanton presents work written by, performed by, or depicting the experience of refugees. The performances vary in scope and approach, but all are urgent..."

SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960
Blanton Museum's music series turns the clock back to minimalism's early years in Manhattan
Arts Story  April 25, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...For the past couple of months, Austin has had the opportunity to see minimalism in some of its most exquisite expressions, via the Blanton Museum of Art exhibition "Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt." This Sunday, we'll also be able to hear minimalism, thanks to the museum's ongoing SoundSpace series, which brings live performance – mostly music, but also some dance and theatre – into the Blanton galleries, where it plays off of the visual art on display. Steve Parker is the mastermind of the series, which has, in its four years, graced the Blanton with such audacious live events as a concert of 100 tubas, a work for 80 trombones, instrumentalists playing in an elevator, and a percussion piece with an amplified cactus..."

Listening Outside the Lines
Kevin Curtin spends four days on the fringes
Music Column  February 1, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Americana charmer Grace Pettis proved a fan favorite, garnering an overflowing bonus-time crowd. "Playback," meanwhile, stayed for a second set from Christina Cavazos, a serious songwriter at only 17, whose warm vocals, dense lyrics, and confident vulnerability position her in the class of Julien Baker. Sunday: SoundSpace..."

Austin Classical Guitar's i/we
Events such as this concert are using sound and music to share the experiences of refugees
Arts Story  July 27, 2017, by Molly Kendrick
"...This Friday and Saturday at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Classical Guitar presents i/we, a concert that incorporates recorded interviews with refugees into the performance. i/we follows in the footsteps of the Blanton's SoundSpace: Refugees event that took place earlier this summer...."

Five Recommended Arts Events This Weekend
Are you having fun yet, citizen?
DAILY Arts  June 1, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...5) Maybe you’re all about, we don’t know, Taylor Swift and whatever else passes for pop fulfillment these days? Or it could be that some of the more experimental and downright scientific treatments of music – predicated on soundwaves qua soundwaves, on altered radio transmissions, and so on – is more your thing? Not that it’s all so binary as that, no. But if those latter explorations are what appeal, then we reckon you’ll be in radioheaded heaven at the Steve Parker-curated Soundspace: Transmissions multi-artist concert at the Blanton Museum of Art this Sunday afternoon...."

Five Things to Do in Austin This Weekend
Oh, wait, is this a new list of entertainment options?
DAILY Arts  June 2, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...5) THE BLANTON’S SOUNDSPACE: REFUGEES It’s not that we’re sympathetic to the struggles of refugees – though we are sympathetic to those struggles, simply because we’re not xenophobic cretins with shards of ice where our hearts should be – it’s that Middle Eastern music has always kicked our ears’ ass in a highly pleasurable fashion. And when a concert of those compelling sounds is curated by the ever-adventurous Steve Parker? And it unveils itself at the gorgeously blue-tiled Blanton Museum of Art on a Sunday? You know we’re gonna be there, front and center, insh’allah...."

Steve Parker's Song for Bat / Man
For this year's Fusebox, composer Steve Parker flies a batty Austin concert with live echolocation
Arts Story  April 7, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Besides the bats, Parker tells us, the shells of giant mollusks are a big part of the composition. "And funnels," says the man who's also in charge of the SoundSpace events for the Blanton Museum of Art, the man responsible for last year's uproarious Traffic Jam concert that included community participants performing a chorus on their car horns..."

Top 10 Things to Happen to Classical Music in 2014
The year saw Austin go big in classical with big-name artists and competitions coming to town, and big crowds, too
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Natalie Zeldin
"...8) SOUNDSPACE AT THE BLANTON EXPANDS TO THREE SHOWS A YEAR When it comes to this blockbuster event, the more sound the better...."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960, Blanton Museum of Art SoundSpace..."

"Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place"
The final exhibit of this public art project shows how every district in Austin has had artists working for it
Arts Story  March 31, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Steve Parker, the trombonist, composer, and curator who directs the Blanton Museum of Art's SoundSpace series, wanted to treat District 10 as a large musical instrument, so he collaborated with residents on an interactive composition made of sounds collected from people in the district, then developed an app so it could be played by anyone with a smartphone inside District 10's boundaries. A software developer helped Parker make the app trigger sound files based on GPS coordinates and other data, such as time of day and the listener's velocity and orientation..."

Deconstructing Sonic Borders
The 13th annual No Idea Festival explores everything from phenological sound art to avant jazz and microtonal composition
Music Story  February 25, 2016, by Conor Walker
"...The live electro-acoustic set will be the duo's first in Texas, spotlighting their release Versatile Ambience on Idea Intermedia. On Sunday, Jerman appears at the Blanton Museum of Art in a SoundSpace organized by local trombonist Steve Parker, performing with Texas-based experimentalist Steve Jansen at the museum's Summer Circle art installation. Jeph Jerman..."

Musical Personae
Music Story  February 25, 2016
"...Steve Parker: Trombonist and director of the SoundSpace art series at the Blanton Museum of Art...."

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015
Leaving deep impressions from 2015's dance and classical music works were the unexpected elements, like screen doors, trees, and car horns
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Soundspace: Deep Listening (Blanton Museum Of Art)..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...SoundSpace: Post-Classical, One Ounce Opera..."

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