Museum Music: Art Galleries as Performance Space
Juxtapositions of contemporary art and contemporary music have resonated with audiences and critics alike. The exploding popularity of museum performances—as seen, for instance, in Kraftwerk's residency at MOMA, or in Jay-Z's performance at Pace—demonstrates an underserved opportunity to connect visual and sound art. We will discuss strategies for making those collaborations happen. The SoundSpace series at Austin’s Blanton Museum Of Art serves as a case study.
Mgr of Public Programs
Blanton Museum of Art
Adam writes, practices law, and produces arts programs in Austin.
Blanton Museum of Art
Dir, Trombone Studio & New Music Ensemble
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Based in Austin, Steve Parker is active as a performer, educator, and arts collaborator. He is presently Artist-In-Residence at the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, and is on faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He previously worked as a J. William Fulbright Scholar in Germany and a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.
As a soloist, Steve has performed in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, with performances at the Spoleto Festival, futureplaces (Portugal), Santa Fe New Music, Bowerbird (Philadelphia), Roulette (NYC), BACKFABRIK (Berlin), HPR's From the Front Row (Houston), and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). An advocate of new music, Steve has commissioned or premiered over 100 new works, working with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Corey Dargel, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. He is an artist of Ensemble Signal, described as "a new music dream team" (TONY), with appearances at Tanglewood, the Guggenhem Museum, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. His performances can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, PBS Newshour, and on Bridge, Cantaloupe and Mode Records.
In the orchestral realm, he has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and New World Symphony, with fellowships at the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain, Music Academy of the West, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Winner of the 2012 Austin Critics' Table Award, Steve is the founder and director of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art. SoundSpace is a concert series that features simultaneous, cross-disciplinary performances throughout the museum's galleries.
Steve holds degrees from UT Austin, Rice, and Oberlin in Mathematics and Music.