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Sound is Silence: Music, Movement, Meditation – William Parker Performance

Date: Sat, 02/23/2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Main Library - Auditorium
Categories: Adult Events

Presented in partnership with Seed Artists. Registration recommended.

SOUND IS SILENCE: Music, Movement, Meditation
We are honored to present an afternoon with William Parker, one of the pre-eminent creative musicians of our time. Bassist/multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, writer, educator. He will appear in a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Carter Mathes, Associate Chair of the English Department at Rutgers University, followed by a performance with dancer Miriam Parker, his daughter. Mr. Parker will perform on bass, flute, and singing bowls.

William Parker has recorded more than 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. His several working bands include the Little Huey Creative Orchestra and the Cosmic Mountain Quintet. Mr. Parker has performed with avant-garde icons Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves and Derek Bailey, among many others. A passionate educator, he has taught at Bennington College, NYU, The New England Conservatory of Music, Cal Arts, New School University and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. He has been called “one of the most inventive bassists/leaders since Mingus,” and “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” Time Out New Yorknamed him one of the “50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.”

Carter Mathes is a specialist in African-American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and African Diaspora Studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights, explores the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s.  He is working on a second book, which examines practices of improvisation and formations of black radical thought in literature and music as they move between Jamaica and the United States during the second half of the twentieth-century. Dr. Mathes has published essays in Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review.

Miriam Parker began her career as a contemporary dancer, working with Sally Silvers, and Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks. She has performed internationally under the guidance of William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, and Complexion.Parker collaborates with visual artists to combine dance with immersive methods of film, painting, and sculpture, and for several years has been a devoted student of Tibetan Buddhism and yoga. She teaches meditation and dharma and in 2015 completed the 300- hour Jivamukti teacher training in India.

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