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Artist/Band: Sean Bw Parker and Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising were the best-known of musician and writer Sean Bw Parker's musical projects in Istanbul, active between 2011-2014. They played at Mojo, Karga, Shaft, Agac Ev and Supperclub amongst others, and encapsulated the art rock aesthetic of the IstanbulDogs sound of the time.
"Wonderful. The songs are as intelligent as they are heartfelt" (Alain de Botton)
"Like spiders swimming in champagne" (Anonymous)
Sean Bw Parker (born 19 May 1975) is a writer, musician, artist and label manager. With the bands Scorpio Rising, Arch Inch, SPB, also solo and through his collaborations with experimental musician Ettuspadix, Parker has released six albums and numerous others on his Seraglio Point Productions label, including those by Mikey Georgeson (The Vessel from David Devant and His Spirit Wife), The Steve Dior Band and Metamono. He lived in Istanbul for ten years until 2014.
Parker is also a prolific writer, having published two books and with work appearing in Cosmopolitan, Time Out, NME.com, USA Today, Multicultural Guide and regularly for Louder Than War. He has made over 150 stage performances, appeared in 5 short films and radio and television a number of times. He has performed with Ed Harcourt, John Robb's The Membranes and Turkish art rock band Replikas, as well as at a number of Turkish festivals. A stammerer himself, Parker presented a TED talk at Istanbul's Kadir Has University titled 'Stammering and Creativity', one of the most watched internet videos on the subject.