Evan Parker

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Evan Parker, Moers Festival 2012
Evan Parker (2005)

Evan Shaw Parker (born April 5, 1944 Bristol ) is a British saxophonist (tenor and soprano saxophone). Starting from free jazz , he has developed into one of the most respected European improvisation musicians .

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Parker was musically shaped by his mother, an amateur pianist. At the age of fourteen he began to learn the saxophone, but initially studied botany at Birmingham University from 1962 to 1964. In order to be able to concentrate fully on the music, he broke off his studies. He first worked with Howard Riley before moving to London in 1966 to work with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble . There he met Derek Bailey , with whom he worked as well as Tony Oxley . Since 1970 he has played with Paul Lovens in Alexander von Schlippenbach's trio and since 1973 regularly in duo with Paul Lytton .

He was also a member of Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath and worked with Paul Bley , Peter Brötzmann ( Machine Gun 1968), Derek Bailey , Thurston Moore , Barry Guy , Louis Moholo , Keith Rowe , Joe McPhee , Barre Phillips and Eddie Prévost and occasionally with the improvisation ensemble AMM . Parker has recorded many albums, in ensemble , such as Boustrophedon (2006, with Roscoe Mitchell ) and solo , and has also founded his own label .

His saxophone playing was initially influenced by John Coltrane , but has absorbed experimental influences from New Music . Parker can improvise on seemingly endless phrases . For this he used the technique of circular breathing .

The album Music Improvisation Company with Derek Bailey , Hugh Davies , Jamie Muir and Christine Jeffrey ( ECM 1970) was selected for The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World by Jazzwise.

Discographic notes

  • Monoceros (Incus, 1978)
  • The Snake Decides (Incus, 1986)
  • 50th Birthday Concert (Leo 1994, with Parker, Schlippenbach, Lovens and Parker, Guy, Lytton)
  • Toward the Margins (ECM, 1997)
  • Memory / Vision (ECM, 2002)
  • The Moment's Energy (ECM, 2009)
  • Evan Parker, Matthew Wright, Adam Linson , John Coxon, Ashley Wales, Trance Map +: Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf ( Intakt 2019)


  • Marcel Cobussen: Noise and Ethics: On Evan Parker and Alain Badiou. In: Culture, Theory and Critique . tape 46 , no. 1 , 2005, p. 29-42 .
  • Christopher R. Herald: The Advent of an Artist-Composer Movement Exemplified by the Works of Saxophonists Colin Stetson, Evan Parker, and Contemporaries . University of Arizona, 2017 ( arizona.edu [PDF]).
  • Bert Noglik : International Jazz Workshop. New Music Publishing House, Berlin 1981.
  • Evan Parker: Interview . In: Contemporary Music Review . tape 25 , no. 5/6 , 2016, p. 411-416 .
  • Richard Scott: The Molecular Imagination: John Stevens, The Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Free Group Improvisation. In: Franziska Schroeder, Mícheál Ó hAodha (Ed.): Soundweaving: Writings on Improvisation . Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2014, p. 95-109 .
  • Dan Warburton: Interview. In: ParisTransatlantic. 2010, accessed July 26, 2020 .

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