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William Parker: The Shaman

William Parker
William Parker

One night in 1999, William Parker stood at the entrance of the East Village’s St. Nicholas of Myra. His wife, dancer Patricia Parker, emerged from the basement of the church where that year’s celebrated avant-garde Vision Festival was held, and she was not happy.

The husband/musician bore the brunt of the wife/festival producer’s frustration as she informed him that he might have to play the whole gig himself if some of the other musicians didn’t show their faces soon. Nonchalantly, he assured her that he can play all five sets himself and still be able to come back the next day for more.

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