Friday, March 14, 2014 - 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Free, open to the public.
- William Parker - bass, composer
William Parker is a master musician, improviser, and composer. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. He was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. He entered the music scene in 1971 playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery and The Baby Grand, playing with many musicians on the avant‐garde school Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeem, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves and with traditionalists like Walter Bishop, Sr. and Maxine Sullivan.
Parker's early projects with dancer and choreographer Patricia Nicholson created a huge repertoire of composed music for multiple ensembles ranging from solo works to big band projects. Parker played in the Cecil Taylor unit from 1980 through 1991. He also developed a strong relationship with the European Improvised Music scene playing with musicians such as Peter Kowald, Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Louis Sclavis, and Louis Moholo. He began recording in 1994 and leading his own bands on a regular basis founding two ensembles, In Order To Survive, and The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. In 2001, Parker released O’Neal’s Porch, which marked a turn toward a more universal sound working with drummer Hamid Drake. The Raining on the Moon Quintet followed, adding vocalist Leena Conquest and the Quartet from O’Neal’s Porch. Most notable among many recent projects is the Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield.
He has taught at Bennington College, NYU, The New England Conservatory of Music, Cal Arts, New School University and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. He has also taught music workshops throughout the world including Paris, Berlin and Tokyo and the Lower East Side. Parker is also a theorist and author of several books including the Sound Journal, Document Humanum, Music and the Shadow People and The Mayor of Punkville.
Dancer Patricia Nicholson and William Parker will perform with percussionist Jesse Stewart on Thursday evening at the Carleton University Art Gallery. William Parker will perform with Stewart and with baritone saxophonist David Mott on Friday evening at GigSpace.
Patricia Nicholson and William Parker speak about their work and their thoughts on jazz and improvisation at a workshop on Thursday afternoon at Carleton University..
Kailash Mital Theatre
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See some of OttawaJazzScene.ca's coverage of William Parker:
- William Parker and Ken Aldcroft: subtle textures which filled the room (review)
- William Parker tells Guelph 2013: You can't resurrect the jazz masters
- Guelph 2013: Espousing music of the moment (review)
- 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival: Tilting, and Plimley-Parker-Martin
- 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival: Creative Collective