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Tim Parkinson: British composer-pianist

  • Narloch Piano Studio 4636 North Francisco Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 United States (map)

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Tim Parkinson performs a solo piano concert of recently written British experimental pieces. Co-produced by and Narloch Piano Studio.

Jane Dickson - Traces (2014) 
Laurence Crane - Len Valley Us (2014)
Tim Parkinson - (recent 2016 works) 
Joanna Bailie - Artificial Environment No.8 (2013)
John White - Piano Sonata No.143 (2004)

Tim Parkinson has consistently pursued an independent path, seeking to engage with whatever it means today to be a functioning composer in the world. His music is mostly performed by a dedicated community of friends and musicians (amongst others Philip Thomas, Anton Lukoszevieze, Julia Eckhardt, James Saunders), but he has also written for the London Sinfonietta, the Basle Sinfonietta, Plus Minus and others. He has organised many public concerts to promote the presence, wealth and variety of present day music exploration, one thread of which is the concert series, Music We'd Like to Hear, co-curated with John Lely and Markus Trunk annually in London since 2005. As a soloist he has performed with Object Collection, Skögen, Apartment House, Set Ensemble, Incidental Music, Q-02, J.G. Thirlwell, Phill Niblock, Matteo Fargion, Lee Patterson, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Michael Parsons, Gavin Bryars, Joshua Rifkin, Tom Johnson, and Christian Wolff, amongst others.

His music has been labelled as experimental, "reconstructing music from the ground up", and "sounding like nothing else", the work invariably returning to fundamental questions around the meaning of sound. He has been associated with other British independent voices of the same generation, such as Bailie, Crane, Harrison, Newland, Saunders, Whitty. 

In 2011 he was visiting Professor of Composition at Brno Academy, and he has also lectured at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Oxford Brookes, Ostrava New Music Days, Huddersfield University.