Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer and electroacoustic improviser who engages with interactive electronics as compositional and performative process. Known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach on her electronically-processed accordion, amplified objects, and self-
designed virtual sound-processing instruments, she create sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift.
Parkins performs and records as a solo artist, and has collaborated with artists such as Magda Mayas, Tony Buck, Frank Gratkowski, Matthew Ostrowski, David Watson, Stephen Vitiello, Nels Cline, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and choreographer Vera Mantero, among many others. Her projects encompass multi-diffusion site-based installations; electroacoustic solo and ensemble pieces; electronic music compositions; and 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, Kunsthalle Basel, Museet for Samtidskunst (Roskilde), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg), Q-02 (Brussels), Mexico City’s 1st International Sound Art Festival, vs. Interpretation (Prague), Music Unlimited, NEXT in Bratislava, and Cyberfest in St. Petersberg, among others. On an ongoing basis, Parkins develops her primary project, a series of interactive works inspired by Rube Goldberg’s circuitous machines.
Parkins’ recordings have been published by Important Records, Atavistic, and Creative Sources.
In 2016, XI Records will release Parkins’ long-form electroacoustic composition, “Two Rooms from the Memory Palace,” on a double CD, and her duo with NYC-based drummer Brian Chase will receive its debut release on Confront Recordings. Her work has received support from American Composers Forum, French-American Cultural Exchange, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center (NYC), New York State Council on the Arts, Q-02 Workspace for Experimental Music and Sound Art, Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund, and Frei und Hanseastadt Hamburg Kulturbehoerde.
For more information: www.andreaparkins.com
Andrea Parkins Lisbon 2010, ©Hopek Quirin