Andrea Parkins is a New York City-based composer, sound/installation artist, and electro-acoustic instrumentalist, especially acclaimed for her uniquely textural and gestural approach to her electronically-processed accordion, as well as her inventive use of customized live sound processing. Together, her laptop electronics and Fender-amplified accordion create a dynamic sonic language full of lush harmonics, noisy concretized disruption, and soaring electronic feedback.
Andrea composes solo and ensemble electro-acoustic works, electronic music pieces, and scores for dance and film. She makes audio installations and creates performance installations incorporating sound, objects and digital imagery. Her work has been presented in New York City at Diapason gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Experimental Intermedia and The Kitchen: and at contemporary music, sound, and intermedia festivals/venues throughout Europe and the US, and in Asia and Latin America. Andrea appears on more than 50 recordings on labels including Atavistic, Creative Sources, Important Records, and Hatology; and she performs internationally as a solo artist and in wide-ranging formations with colleagues such as Nels Cline, Miya Masaoka, Otomo Yoshihide and David Watson, among many others.
In 2009, Important Records released Andrea’s faulty (broken orbit), a through-composed work for amplified objects, accordion feedback and processed instruments that re-imagines a multi-channel installation for which she was commissioned by NYC’s Diapason gallery for sound. Other projects include a ensemble collaboration with guitarist Nels Cline that has released two CDs to date (on Atavistic and Victo); and The Skein, her electro-acoustic duo with vocalist/composer Jessica Constable, with a 2009 debut recording, Cities and Eyes, on the Henceforth label.
On an ongoing basis, Andrea develops and performs her series of interactive sound//objects/image works inspired by Rube Goldberg’s circuitous contraptions. In 2008, she received a New Technology grant from New York State Council on the Arts to develop her installation-in-progress, Ob-jest, the Jettisoned Object, based on a text by Julia Kristeva. Andrea’s work has also received support from Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, and Harvestworks Digital Arts Center in the US; and the Frei und Hanseastadt Hamburg Kulturbehoerde in Germany. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
“Parkins, a master manipulator of electronically processed accordion and laptop is one of the city’s most unbounded …well, what’s the word for her? Musician seems too simple, artist too vague; perhaps 'sound-ist' is best.” –Time Out/NY
Andrea Parkins -- composer, sound artist, performer and improvisor -- plays electronically- processed accordion, laptop electronics, piano, amplified objects and an assortment of synths. With her electronics-driven timberal explorations and dynamic use of generative sound processing, Andrea invents a sonic language that is both fractured and fluid -- releasing awkward electronic disruptions, intricate keyboard polyrhythms, concretized sampling and explosive feedback into the rising flow of her electric accordion's sonority.