Parys Mountain: Alchemy of Landscape
Nick Parkin is a Musician/Composer and Multidisciplinary Artist, initially training in Fine Art at Bradford College of Art. He has an international reputation for his environmental and landscape electro acoustic work, which has been his intensive focus since the 1980s. He has over 14 CDS released on international labels. His previous published sonic work has been strongly informed by themes of erosion, entropy, geomorphology, stone and processes within landscape. Nick has been in continual demand since the 1980's working for numerous Dance and Theatre Companies and Choreographers.
Nick gained an MA in Electroacoustic Music Composition from the University of East Anglia in 1999,and in 2001 won a First Prize in the Bourges for the composition ‘Magmas’ which was broadcast on Radio stations worldwide. His compositions have been played internationally, and used particularly by Radio 4 Drama. In 2002 Magma’s led to a film commission from Sonic Arts Network which was screened at QEH Royal Festival Hall as part of London Sinfonietta’s State of the Nation Festival.
He has over 10 releases on CD, which have evolved from his ongoing interest in elemental sound, environmental and microsounds and the meeting points of industrial, architectural and natural sound worlds. His recent albums, Hemisphere 2015, Ethers 2017, Ziggurats 2018, and Sun Cult 2019, are available on all major streaming services.
TV and Radio Engagements include BBC Wales, TV S, BBC World Service Persian, BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM and Nick’s sound has been commissioned on numerous occasions for BBC Radio 4 Drama. He has held funded creation residencies in Spain, Engadine Alps in Switzerland, Germany, Monaco digital Dance Festival and Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, and Portland Quarry Dorset. Live concerts include in South Bank Centre, October Gallery, festivals in Zurich Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Womad Festival Reading UK.
Marie-Gabrielle’s interdisciplinary works traverse the mediums of live performance and visual arts. For the past 30 years she has worked as a performer, dancer, choreographer, movement director and producer. She has collaborated with Nick Parkin since 1994.
She gained a conservatoire training in Fine Art (Painting: BA Hons First Class) at Wimbledon School of Art.
A focus on developing her physical presence as a performance artist, led to movement and dance training and finally, she encountered Butoh. Through several scholarships, she undertook specialist study in Europe and Japan.
This led to a long and successful career in movement-based work, movement direction (for Theatre and Opera, including Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre) and choreography commissions, touring nationally and internationally.
Current performance work is site-specific, involving documentation via photography and film of interventions, presences and physical traces in the landscapes of North and West Wales.