"Those in the music business say this music can only be so successful. I say there is no limit to what we can do for each other as human beings."
As William Parker embodies the beliefs that gave birth to AUM Fidelity, may that day come sooner when folks on a mass scale awake to the alter/ all true (includes you) destiny as put forth by Mr. Parker, and the many great sages who have come before.
He writes: "it is the role of the artist to incite political, social, and spiritual revolution, to awaken us from our sleep and never let us forget our obligations as human beings, to light the fire of human compassion. Sounds that enlighten are infinite. We can put no limit to joy, or on our capacity for love."
The 90s saw an appropriately growing appreciation of William Parker's
massive gifts as a musician, and in the new
century, his sheer humanity has take futher deep root in the essence of listeners'
It was in the middle of the last decade of the previous century that William took on the band leadership role that had long been urged on him by his fellow musicians. His talents as a composer and band-leader became quickly evident through his large ensemble - The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, his smaller group concept - In Order To Survive, and the collective quartet Other Dimensions In Music. In addition, William was a root foundation member of the ensembles of David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp. Further, his destined collaboration with Chicago-based drummer Hamid Drake has produced incomparable musical rewards. The William Parker Quartet with Hamid, Rob Brown and Lewis Barnes & the Raining On The Moon Sextet (which adds Leena Conquest and Eri Yamamoto), along with The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield, have been among William Parker's principal projects as a leader since the dawn of the new millenium. -SJ