Zeena Parkins, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser-is well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, and has also extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. Parkins accurately describes her electric harp as a ‘sound machine of limitless capacity.’ She has created numerous scores for film, video, chamber orchestra, theater and, especially, dance—receiving three ‘Bessie’ awards, including a 2007 ‘Bessie’ for sustained achievement as a composer for dance. Her music melds and highlights opposites, blurring boundaries between improvised and composed, acoustic and electric, digital and analog, and processed and concrete sounds. She has collaborated with Greenberg since 1991.
Michael Stiller has lit the work of choreographers and theater artists across the United States, Europe and South America. He has created lighting designs for all of Dance By Neil Greenberg’s productions since 1991, and received a 1995 ‘Bessie’ Award for his work on Not-About-AIDS-Dance. He has also served as designer or lighting director for concerts, talk shows, music videos and films. The last few years have seen his practice expand to include architectural lighting design and themed environment. Â He has been a guest lecturer at Pratt Institute, and is currently an adjunct professor in FIT’s masters degree program in exhibit design.