Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer and electroacoustic improviser engaging with interactive electronics as compositional/performative process, and exploring strategies related to Fluxusʼ ordered, ephemeral activities. She is an integral participant in sound art and experimental music communities in the US and Europe, especially known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach on her electronically- processed accordion, amplified objects, and self-designed virtual sound-processing instruments. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by music critic Steve Smith, Parkins creates sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift.
Parkinsʼ audio works include multi-diffusion site-based sound installations and performances; electroacoustic solo and ensemble pieces; electronic music compositions; and live sound design for contemporary dance, experimental film, and intermedia performance. Her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Mexico Cityʼs 1st International Sound Art Festival, New Ear Festival (NYC), Kunsthalle Basel, Museet for Samtidskunst (Roskilde), Musée dʼArt Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg), NEXT in Bratislava, vs. Interpretation Festival (Prague), Cyberfest (St. Petersberg), and Q-02 Workspace for Experimental Music and Sound Art (Brussels). Parkins performs as a solo artist and has collaborated with Nels Cline, Stephen Vitiello, George C. Lewis, Matthew Ostrowski, Rova Saxophone Quartet, David Watson, Tony Buck, choreographer Vera Mantero, interdisciplinary performers The Body Cartography Project, filmmaker Abigail Child, and many more. Ongoing collaborative projects include a trio with guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Tom Rainey; trio with trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer Chris Corsano, and duo with NYC- based drummer Brian Chase. Parkinsʼ primary project is a series of interactive electroacoustic performance works inspired by Rube Goldbergʼs circuitous machines.
Parkins was AIR in 2013/2014 at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in NYC and Q-02 Workspace for Experimental Music and Sound Art in Brussels, where she composed her multi-room electronic music work, Two Rooms from the Memory Palace. This work received additional support from the Media Arts Assistance Fund for NY Artists and was featured at the 2015 New York Electronic Art Festival on Governorʼs Island, NYC. Parkinsʼ multi-diffusion audio work, Faulty (Broken Orbit) was a highlight of the “With Hidden Noise” exhibition curated by sound artist Stephan Vitiello, which traveled to museums and galleries in Australia, NYC, Seattle Minneapolis, Aspen, Tampa, and Pasadena. Other recent projects include Austell 1 (2012), an 8-channel performance/installation presented by Fragmental Museum NYC, for which Parkins funneled real-time sound from the Long Island City rail yards into a reverberant warehouse space, with interventions from a walking bell-ringer and Parkinsʼ processed/diffused accordion feedback. In 2012, Parkins presented her new solo electroacoustic project in Europe, with performances in Poland, Italy, Brussels and Paris. In 2011, her “portable” audio work was part of the Lingua Franca show at Cyberfest 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in 2010 Parkins was invited by Christian Marclay to perform her interpretations of his graphic scores at the Whitney Museum of American Artʼsʼ retrospective festival of his work. From 2009 to 2012, Parkins toured her commissioned sound design and live score for choreographer Vera Manteroʼs We Are Going to Miss Everything We Donʼt Need, featuring amplified performers, objects and surfaces. Since 2010, Parkins has performed her live 12-channel sound design for Symptom, an intermedia performance work commissioned by The Body Cartography Project.
Parkinsʼ recordings are published by Important Records, Atavistic, Henceforth Records, and Creative Sources, and she can be heard as a collaborator or contributor on labels such as hatology, Clean Feed, Cryptogramophone and many more. In 2016, XI Records will release Parkinsʼ long-form electroacoustic composition, “Two Rooms from the Memory Palace”” on a double CD, and her duo with drummer Brian Chase will receive its debut release on Confront Recordings. Parkinsʼ work has received support from American Composers Forum, NYSCA, the French-American Cultural Exchange, Meet the Composer, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund for NY State Artists, Q- 02 in Brussels, and Frei und Hanseastadt Hamburg Kulturbehoerde.
Music of Andrea Parkins