Scottish pianist and author Peter Urpeth is crowdfunding a biography of Evan Parker via publishing platform Unbound. The book, titled The Intensity Of Purpose, will have a foreword by longtime Evan Parker fan Stewart Lee, and Urpeth estimates it will take around a year and a half to complete once the target amount has been reached. Urpeth has been researching the biography since 2008, when he began an interview process with Parker.
Urpeth says: "I work on the natural basis that Evan’s music is both in the continuum of jazz, and has developed in a social and historical context…My aim is to provide a source work and an accessible point of entry to the music and its history; to explore the divergent strands of improvisation through the performers, their ideas and music, and to hopefully deepen the enjoyment of those coming to this music for the first time, wanting to know more.
Urpeth was the editor of the Stornoway Gazette and The Hebridean, and is a pianist who's played with Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Phil Wachsmann and more. Read an excerpt of the biography here, and watch the campaign video here.