Zeena Parkins and William Winant in SF Area, April 28

English: Zeena Parkins performing at the Music...

Source: San Francisco Chronicle.

Zeena Parkins produces all kinds of sounds on the electric harps that she invented and equipped with a whammy bar, ebony fretboard and electronic processing devices. She plucks, drums, scrapes and otherwise plays the instrument to make improvised music that pops and whirs, echoes, hums and rumbles.

Parkins, an avant-gardist whose associates include Björk, Nels Cline, John Zorn and Merce Cunningham’s dance company, doesn’t know yet how she and ace percussionist William Winant will approach the graphic-score drawings by Jay Heikes that will launch their improvised duets on Saturday, April 28, at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where a show of Heikes’ work closes the next day.