Counterflows is really excited to have multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, Zeena Parkins as our featured artist for 2016. Zeena will be performing throughout the festival in various formats. It is a real privilege to have her as part of Counterflows. She is a true master of the contemporary scene and a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagining the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” Parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing.
Central to her Counterflows residency will be a performance of her inspirational work The Lace Project where she will be joined by her band Green Dome (Ryan Sawyer and Ryan Ross Smith) and some local players to create the first UK performance of the piece. Zeena will also be performing a series of intimate solo events throughout Counterflows.