Evan Parker

Evan Parker is a British free-improvising saxophone player from the European free jazz scene. Recording and performing prolifically with many collaborators, Parker, a pivotal figure in the development of European free jazz and free improvisation, has pioneered or substantially expanded an array of extended techniques. Parker is perhaps best known for his solo soprano saxophone music, a singular body of work that has centred around his exploration of techniques such as circular breathing, double tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-fingering to create a densely textured sound. With Derek Bailey, he formed the Music Improvisation Company and, in 1970, co-founded Incus Records. Around 1971/1972 he joined the Schlippenbach Trio with pianist-leader Alexander von Schlippenbach and percussionist Paul Lovens. The co-operative trio 'Parker/Guy/Lytton' was formed in 1980 when bassist Barry Guy joined the duo. Both groups still perform regularly, testing the relationship between familiarity and improvisation. The mid-1990s have also seen the emergence of the Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble formed by enlarging the trio with the sound processing. In November 2001 Evan Parker started his own CD label – psi – and has built a catalogue of his own work, and other musicians whose work he considers under-represented.

Works presented

United Kingdom