Rockets for Kary Mullis

Evan Parker
Création radiophonique (2021)

Sons d’hiver decided to give Evan Parker carte blanche for a radio piece,
on a subject of his choice.
The chosen theme falls within his artistic freedom and individual responsibility, and we do not want to censor the piece, whatever our position
on the subject.

Sons d’hiver a donné carte blanche à Evan Parker pour une pièce radiophonique, sur un sujet de son choix. La thématique choisie relève de sa liberté artistique et de sa responsabilité individuelle. Nous ne souhaitons  pas censurer cette pièce, quelle que soit notre position sur le sujet.


Evan Parker : saxophone soprano
This piece is Evan Parker’s proposal for a radio creation (free subject) commissionned by Sons d’hiver.

Kary Mullis est un biologiste américain iconoclaste et controversé mort en 2019. Il est l’inventeur du test PCR et a obtenu le Prix Nobel de chimie 1993.
« All of these statements used in the piece were concerned with the AIDS epidemic, but they are very precisely appropriate to the current Covid nonsense. Kary Mullis died conveniently before this epidemic started and his work, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, has been cynically misused now that he is not here to speak out. The rocket sounds were taken from his “Sons of Sputnik” talk. »
Evan Parker, Faversham, February 2021

Kary Mullis is an iconoclastic and controversial American biologist who died in 2019. He is the inventor of the PCR test and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The audio excerpts heard in the piece  are taken from a talk given by Kary Mullis in 2013. / Les extraits audio entendus dans cette pièce sont tirés d’une conférence donnée par Kary Mullis en 2013.

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Evan Parker est saxophoniste briton dont l’envergure de jeu rendrait jalouse les ailes d’un albatros. La puissance parfaitement tranquille du sax soprano pousse toujours plus loin ses auditeurs vers les bonheurs d’une transe où se croisent sans mentir et sans rougir le lyrisme de Coltrane et quelques hypnoses, méditatives et bienveillantes.

Evan Parker is a British saxophonist whose range of playing would make the wings of an albatross jealous. The perfectly quiet power of the soprano sax pushes his listeners further and further towards the joys of a trance where Coltrane’s lyricism and some hypnosis, meditative and benevolent, cross paths without lying and without blushing.