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Improvisation Workshop by Zeena Parkins


Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian


New York based electro-acoustic composer / improviser Zeena Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp practices. Using expanded techniques, object preparations, and electronic processing she has re-defined the instrument’s capacities. Over a 30-year career Parkins has worked with an unlikely range of collaborators, inlcuding Björk, Yoko Ono, John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Thurston Moore, Christian Marclay or Ikue Mori. Parkins served as professor in the Sound Arts Department at SMFA in Boston for two years and has taught in the undergraduate program at Bard College. She has been invited to give talks at the Ruskin School/Oxford, Princeton University, Pomona College, Columbia University and has lead improvisation workshops in several festivals. Zeena Parkins will lead a workshop focused on improvisation and the bridge between electronics and acoustic instruments.


The workshop will take place in english and requires that the participants brings a musical instrument, be it acoustic or electronic.
If the participant brings an electronic instrument it must also bring the necessary cables (with length between 5 and 10 meters) to connect to the PA system. Alternatively, the participant can bring an individual amp or amplifying solution.
Participants must arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the workshop (09:30) in order to guarantee all connections to the PA system are made.