Evan Parker is one of the major figures in European free improvisation. Over the last 40 years he has developed a new musical language for the saxophone, particularly the soprano. Parker’s style makes use of a number of techniques one of which is ‘circular-breathing’. This allows him to play for great stretches of time without having to pause to breath, creating long passages of uninterrupted sound. The speed of Parker’s playing creates notes on top of notes, counterpoint on top of counterpoint.
Tidal Island- 16mm on digital /Sound/10mins/2011
Neil Henderson’s work has been screened at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, Camden Arts Centre, Modern Art Oxford, Tate Britain, Anthology Film Archive New York, National Institute of Art History, Paris, Media City Film Festival Windsor, Ontario and the 25th Onion City Film Festival, Chicago USA. In 2009 he was nominated for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. His work is featured in Nicky Hamlyn’s book Film Art Phenomena. (BFI 2003) He teaches Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge England.