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"...The man who makes music out of grackle calls and bat sounds, who's composed works for zombie trombonists and and a car horn choir, who's made tubascopes and a musical bicycle, has won the second Tito's Prize from art collective Big Medium. Composer/sound artist/curator Steve Parker will receive $15,000 and a major solo show this fall...."
"...Still audible in spite of the headphones, a broadcast fills the room: a plaintive man's rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" and a woman's mournful crooning in another language. This is just a seconds-long snapshot of the soundscape at Steve Parker's "War Tuba Recital," the solo show prize and product following his winning the 2018 Tito's Prize...."
"...No bats, Austin-based trombonist and new-music fomenter Steve Parker assures us, will be harmed in the production of his latest spectacle of sound and structure. Not a single flying varmint of North America's largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, happily ensconced beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, will be discomfited by Parker's interactive concert that's set to premiere as a final part of this year's Fusebox Festival...."
"...Of course it’s always a good idea to enjoy the array of wonderments that the Austin Nature and Science Center has to offer, citizen – but maybe it’s an even better idea now, because of Museum Day, and especially because of what that envelope-pushing composer and trombonist Steve Parker has installed up there among the trees: Tubascopes...."
"...Directed by: Craig Chester. Starring: Craig Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker Posey, Chris Kattan, Melinda Dillon, Paul Sand, Sally Kirkland and Julie Hagerty..."
"...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...."
"...The exasperating stillness, the exhaust fumes, the expletives screamed at you (and by you). But while the rest of us have been stuck under that particular black cloud, composer Steve Parker has been molding the silver lining..."
"...Tom Parker as Nat Moyer in I'm Not Rappaport photograph by John Anderson According to Tom Parker, the greatest compliment that he ever received came from a couple who told him that they had seen him work numerous times and just wanted to know two things: How old was he really, and what did he really look like? Those questions pleased Parker so because they signified that he's been doing his job. Parker is a character actor -- one of the city's finest, by the way -- and he devotes a lot of effort to losing himself in the dramatic figures he plays..."
"...The Amazing Spider-Meh is a better-suited title for Marvel's reboot of Sam Raimi's original, far superior trilogy. Brit Garfield, taking over the role from Tobey Maguire, redefines the arachno-human Peter Parker as part put-upon high school mensch and part unlikable dick..."
"...Aware that construction sites will frequently appear without warning and in unexpected locales, creating abrupt interruptions in the urban landscape, he chose to echo that situation by setting a large sculpture made from everyday materials in a location where sculptures aren't usually seen. He made a large geodesic sphere – 16-20 feet in diameter – with scaffolding materials, and set it on the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park for several weeks last fall. District 10: Steve Parker, Sound Atlas..."
"...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..."
"...His late Uncle Ben’s statement, "With great power comes great responsibility," may be the one thought echoing foremost in Spider-Man’s mind, but it’s enormously clear that this sage bit of wisdom has also been taken to heart by director Sam Raimi. With this sequel to 2002’s comic-book smash, Raimi has crafted a knock-down, drag-out, emotionally turbocharged movie that manages to live up to its fans’ lofty expectations while simultaneously tweaking the storied sad-sack history of Spidey’s secret identity of Peter Parker in delightful – and, most wondrous of all, satisfyingly realistic – new ways..."
"...The Crucible in all its pained, paranoiac fury, but without words – just the eloquence of Nick Kepley's intense, agonized movement and Steve Parker's tension-ratcheting music. I've never felt so close to the torment and tragedy of Salem. 3) The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson (Conspirare)..."
"...Graham Reynolds performs his “Marfa Triptych part 1 – The Country and Western Big Band Suite,” and then there’s the rest of the ATX alphabet: Hard Proof, Richard Henry, Hidden Ritual, Hour Band, Justin Sherburn & Montopolis, Kay Odyssey, Line Upon Line Percussion, Steve Parker, Phranchyze, Surly Gates, Sweet Talk, Tha Real Chino, and the Golden Dawn Arkestra...."
"...Chamber Performance Anton Nel & Bion Tsang, Butler School of Music The Late Show, Austin Chamber Music Center Medieval Pilgrimage in Iberia, Texas Early Music Project Pléiades, line upon line percussion The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson, Conspirare Traffic Jam, Steve Parker..."
"...The performances vary in scope and approach, but all are urgent. Refugees was organized for the Blanton by Steve Parker, artistic director for the SoundSpace program, and features mostly new work from the participating musicians, dancers, mixed-media artists, and more..."
"...I bought Quanah Parker at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Probably shouldn’t say how many greenbacks changed hands, but it was both more and less than you’d think. Pretty good deal for a Comanche bigwig: “Born to Cynthia Parker, an abducted settler white woman, and Chief Noconas, the young warrior led the Kwahadi Comanche in treacherous attacks against ‘white’ intruders..."
"...Do we even have to namecheck Canopy, as if that epicenter of creative industry (run by the Big Medium honchos who started this whole thing) won’t be packed with appreciative crowds? We kind of already covered it, if only obliquely, in this issue's feature about the Saturday Night grand opening of new artschool Atelier Dojo. And of course there’s Steve Parker’s prizewinning War Tuba right there in the middle of it all..."
"...We love this place, and not just because we’re a bunch of liberally biased, fact-believing, true-newsmongers. There’s so much to see and do and learn in this elegant and knowledge-rich retreat from the madding urban throng, and now Austin’s Art in Public Places has Steve Parker’s Tubascopes enhancing the Center’s woodsy goodness, and at the end of the sun-dappled day we, yeah, we might just wind up hugging a tree or two...."
"...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..."