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About Evan Parker

Among Europe's most innovative and prolific improvising saxophonists, Britain's Evan Parker uses circular breathing, false fingering, and tongue slapping to generate furious bursts and spiraling lines. His 1970 trio outing Topography of the Lungs set off a veritable revolution in European avant music circles, while 1976's Saxophone Solos proved equally influential. Parker has worked with virtually every major avant figure to emerge from Great Britain and Europe since 1965, as well as prominent Americans. In 1997, the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble issued Toward the Margins, the first of five albums for ECM. In 2013, Parker and Matthew Shipp issued the duet album Rex, Wrecks & XXX, followed by Leonine Aspects in 2021, the same year the saxophonist guested with Natural Information Society on Descension (Out of Our Constrictions). 2023 saw the release of Etching the Ether by the Parker/Matthew Wright electro-acoustic duo Trance Magic and guests.

Bristol, England
April 5, 1944

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