Brittney Denise Parks is a violinist and vocalist who writes, plays, and produces music as Sudan Archives.
Parks grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She learned violin in the fourth grade and then continued teaching herself how to play the instrument, mostly by ear. After moving to Los Angeles to study music technology she began to explore her connection to Africa. Upon discovering the playing styles of Northeastern and Western African musicians like Asim Gorashi, Ali Farka Touré and Juldeh Camarah, and adding their influence to the inspiration she got from Sudanese fiddlers, her eyes opened to new ways of incorporating strings and African rhythms with elements of R&B and experimental electronic music.
After a chance encounter at Low End Theory with Stones Throw A&R and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid, Parks signed to Stones Throw. Her self-titled debut EP as Sudan Archives was released in 2017, followed by Sink, a further distillation of her distinctive mélange of disparate influences.
At Loop, Parks will lead studio and improvisation sessions on live performance, and attendees will learn how she combines acoustic and electroacoustic instruments with programmed beats.