Andrea Parkins

Andrea Parkins is a sound/installation artist, composer, and electro-acoustic instrumentalist who engages with interactive electronics as process and material, and explores strategies related to Fluxus’ ordered/ephemeral activities. Especially known for her uniquely gestural and textural approach on her electronically-processed accordion, as well as her inventive use of customized live sound processing and amplified quotidian objects, Parkins investigates idiosyncrasy and awkwardness, movement from fracture to stillness, tenuous states. and the threat of things falling apart. Her work has been presented at art/sound/intermedia spaces/places such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Diapason, and Experimental Intermedia; the 1st International Sound Art festival in Mexico City, q-02 in Brussels, and NEXT in Bratislava. She records and performs worldwide as a solo artist,and she has appeared in far-ranging sonic collaborations with innovators including Otomo Yoshihide, Nels Cline, David Watson, John Butcher, and Lê Quan Ninh, among many others. Parkins' sound recordings have been released by Important Records, hatology, Atavistic and Creative Sources, and others. Her work has received support from American Composers Forum, the French American Cultural Exchange NYSCA, Meet the Composer, Harvestworks, and the Frei und Hanseastadt Hamburg Kulturbehoerde in Germany.

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