Tom Parkinson | Music, sound and performance
Tom Parkinson is a composer and sound designer, working almost exclusively in an interdisciplinary context. He has made the music for over sixty dance and theatre productions in twenty countries. His output encompasses large scale touring works for some of the world's leading companies as well as ephemeral pieces in marginal spaces. He has worked with/at The National Theatre (UK), the National Theatre of Tunisia, The National Dance Company of Korea, Complicite, The Young Vic, Prague Chamber Ballet, The Royal Opera House, Holland Festival, Julidans (Amsterdam), Phoenix Dance Theatre (Leeds), Provincial Dance Theatre Yekaterinburg (Russia) and Forest Fringe amongst many others.
Impossible to categorise as a composer, preferring to respond to context rather than maintain a consistent style, he is a multi-instrumentalist, equally capable of writing delicate acoustic music as brutal electronic noise, commercial songs as much as endurance performance art. His music has been played, for example, on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, World Service, 1Xtra, 6Music, Classic FM and ResonanceFM.
After graduating from Dartington College of Arts, where he began collaborating with artists from other disciplines, he moved to Amsterdam to play experimental jazz music. Via the interdisciplinary improvisation scene, he made connections with dancers, eventually forging a long-standing collaborative relationship with the choreographer Keren Levi. This led to work with other choreographers and theatre-makers. After six years in Amsterdam, he moved to London where is now based. In addition to Levi, regular collaborators include Bryony Kimmings, Ivgi&Greben and Sharon Smith.
His solo works are either performance provocations about sound and music or algorithmically generated pieces.
He is currently studying for a PhD in composition at Royal Holloway and occasionally writes about contemporary music for the Guardian. His 8000-word essay on the dramaturgy of fade-outs was recently published in the Journal of Performance Design.
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