Evan Parker has been a key figure in British free music since the 1960s. He played with John Stevens in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and held a long-standing partnership with guitarist Derek Bailey. Spreading his wings overseas he played on Peter Brötzmann’s legendary Machine Gun session, and toured with Globe Unity Orchestra and Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath.
At Fort Process Parker will fill the fort’s resonant spaces with soprano saxophone solos. He is best known for his use of extended techniques such as circular breathing, split tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-pattern fingering, but never lets technique get in the way of an ultimately intuitive approach to playing, the aim of which is to create what he calls “a kind of trance-state” whilst playing.
“If you’ve ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug.” – Stewart Lee