08.11.2018 Evan Parker: Artist in Residence 2018/19 at HKB Jazz

HKB Jazz are delighted to welcome English saxophonist and founder of the European Improvised Music scene Evan Parker, as Artist in Residence 2018/19. Beginning with masterclasses today and tomorrow, Parker will make three visits to the HKB – accompanied by notable acoustic and electronic musicians, and bringing together students from Jazz, Classical and Sound Arts.


Born in 1944, Parker is now widely acknowledged as «one of the music’s greatest living instrumentalists» (The Times),«one of the world’s finest ensemble improvisers» (Chicago Reader) and «one of the modern era’s most original voices" (The Wire). 


Free improvised music has been at the heart of Parker’s activities over the last forty-or-so years (in group and solo performances), but composers from both the jazz and art music worlds «have also deployed the arresting physicality of his sound as a contrasting and energising element» (Steve Lake).


Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts have all called on his talents, as have Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others. Outside of Europe, he has collaborated with a veritable who’s who of global innovators, including Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis and Wadada Leo Smith. He has also been sought out by artists on the experimental fringe of pop music, and Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Annette Peacock, David Sylvian, Jah Wobble, Spring Heel Jack, and Squarepusher have all called upon the timbres, textures and intrigue that only Evan’s saxophones can provide.