James Parker (b. 1992)
I’m a composer, sound designer, and saxophonist from and residing in Austin, Texas. I’m very interested in giving performers more ownership of the music, so that they have the opportunity to let more of their personality into their playing. I do this in several ways, most commonly by creating environments for improvisation that let performers explore and have fun within a certain structure. They get to decide certain elements of the structure of the piece based on what they hear form the other performers, a live electronics element, or some other environmental factor.
Last year I was a fellow at the Can Serrat Artists Residency in El Bruc, Spain, where I wrote pieces for Passepartout Duo and saxophonist Sarah Hetrick. I also attended the highSCORE festival where I was able to collaborate with Unassited Fold.
I just finished working on a collaboration with playwright Daria Miyeko Marinelli on her play 30 Floods and and a large installation with the students of Austin Soundwaves and Panoramic Voices. I’m currently writing new pieces for soloist and electronics Jordan Walsh and Natalie Calma, as well as another installation for Traffic Jam 2019. In May I’ll be at the Atlantic Center for the Arts working with Annie Gosfield, and In July I’ll be attending the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.
I like to cook, spend time near trees, eat dim sum, take pictures, dance tango, and read novels and short stories.