Selkirk College, Attn: Steven Parish
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Steven Parish started the Music Program with Darcy Hepner, Jeff Link and Paul Landsberg in 1989.
- Steven's Computer Applications to Music class was the first Computer Music (MIDI) teaching lab and curriculum in Canada.
- His Recording Techniques class made Selkirk the first two -year college with a state-of-the-art recording studio and curriculum in Canada.
- Selkirk is the first Post Secondary Music Department focused on Contemporary Music in Canada.
Steven earned his BA in Audio Engineering from the Berklee College of Music. In addition to studying Drum Set at Berklee, he also studied jazz drum set privately with Frankie Dunlop (Thelonious Monk, Lionel Hampton), Latin rhythms with Frank Malabe and attended master classes presented by the great Buddy Rich.
A Little History on Steven
Steven explains, "growing up I was very lucky to meet, study and work with bona fide living legends in the field of music. My two most important mentors were Les Paul and Frankie Dunlop and they are the main reasons why I still teach. These two gentlemen, who are internationally recognized as leaders in the fields of music and recording, were so generous with their time and their passions, I feel honored to be able to continue in their footsteps.
"Another reason I chose to come to Nelson to teach is that Selkirk gave me the opportunity to to present two new curricula I had written. When I began teaching Computer Applications to Music, in that first year, it was the first of it's kind taught in Canada. All music schools teach Ear Training, Harmony, Instrumental lessons, History etc. I am proud that I was able to present classes never before offered in Canada."
"Some of the most important lessons learned from BOTH of my mentors are the responsibility of the artist to: be forward thinking, to be always striving to improve oneself and to share their skills and experience with those around them. Selkirk College supports this in their faculty in many ways. During the summer of 2013, I developed my musical abilities in the World Music category. I worked with a composer from Argentina, Gabriel Palatchi, who has been getting rave reviews for his blend of many different culture's rhythms, melodies and harmonies. It was quite challenging and I can't wait to share what I have learned with our new and returning students. And finally no one can deny the Kootenays are a fantastic place to raise my children!"
Collaborations & Performances
Mentored by the legendary Les Paul at age 17, Steven's also played, engineered and/or programmed tracks for Rock 'n' Roll legend Cub Koda, Ian Hunter, Joe Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult and Rap artist Stezo-E. He has played Jazz with Anthony Braxton and Pat LaBarbara, as well as performance art with the ground breaking Fluxus. He has performed with Selkirk’s long list of visiting artists including: Robben Ford, John Handy, Jimmy Haslip, Max Bennett, Bob Mintzer, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, Pat Mastellotto and Oz Noy, among others.
Currently, he can be heard performing a multitude of styles live and in the studio with Metamorphose, the Arron Nelson Project 2012, Pat Henman, Ellen McIlwayne, and Miss Erica Dee.
Taken as a whole, these experiences have helped him interweave a myriad of styles into a musically dynamic, distinctive and personal voice. In the words of Anthony Braxton, Steven's playing is “Sensitive man, sensitive.”