Phantom Orchard Orchestra
“I did not know that the sky is the sea and that clouds are the souls of happy ships, sunk long ago. I did not know that the wind could be tender, like hands as they caress - what did I know - until now?”
– Unica Zürn, (1916-1970)
SWR commissioned Ikue and Zeena to create a large work with a large incarnation of Phantom Orchard.
“Yea, when the cold blood shoots through every vein:
When every pore upon my shrunken skin
A knotted knoll becomes, and to mine ears
Strange inward sounds awake, and to mine eyes
Rush stranger tears, there is a joy in fear”
– Joanna Baillie, Orra, A Tragedy, (1762-1851)
Phantom Orchard’s 2nd release.
The self-titled debut release of my beloved duo with Ikue Mori.
This recording won an Honorary Mention in the Ars Electronic Competition in 2004
Recorded and mixed by David Kean at the Audities Studio in Calgary, Canada.
Kaffe Matthews, Mandy McIntosh, Zeena Parkins
Limited Edition Vinyl Picture Disc
Project with visual artist Mandy McIntosh (Glasgow) and Kaffe Matthews (London) based on NASA research.
“The Weightless Animals’ picture disk is part of their similar website, and has also been created by improvisators Kaffe Mathews (London) and Zeena Parkins (NY), together with visual artist Mandy McIntosh (Glasgow). The intent was to investigate the sound experiences men and animals go through during a space travel.
“These three ladies went to NASA headquarters (Houston, Texas) to question astronauts and flight controllers, as well as the common Houstonian, about what they felt would be the perfect soundtrack for space. Their global work consists of samples and improvisations, both visual and auditive. On the website, which definitely deserves a visit, you can find interactive impressionist space cartoons, each accompanied by their own little piece of music. Because of the size of these major files, and not every PC is sufficiently powerful to stream these sounds optimally, the most important pieces, nine on the whole, have been assembled on this disk.
“The sounds consist of archived recordings of NASA, short interviews, and samples of the hangout’s jukebox of NASA personnel. Weird soundscapes peppered with the NASA staff pep talk, and the personal choices from the jukebox, result into an intoxicating piece of art, which matches perfectly the journey through the website. Weightless Animals proves the force of the Internet…
“They are probably the first to bring out a record that completes a website.”
– Patrick Bruneel, The Magnificent Weightless Animals (Annette Works), [link].
One Little Indian
Björk, Simon Lee, Zeena Parkins, Matmos, Greenland Choir, and a 56 piece orchestra
One Little Indian
Together with Matmos, we joined Björk to work on arrangements and parts for the recording and subsequently for the World tour that followed the release.
Zeena Parkins, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore
Recorded live on January 25, 2001. The performance and disc to benefit the Flywheel Community Art Space in Easthamton, MA
2nd release of my duo with Elliott Sharp
Elliott Sharp & Zeena Parkins
Debut release of the duo project with Elliott Sharp
Shared 7” e.p. with The Flying Luttenbachers
The last release of this great forgotten band.
Knitting Factory Works
Stellar recording with the formidable David Linton.
RecRec Records/Fred Records
The only release for this trio: Fred Frith, Tom Cora and Zeena Parkins.
My first band project after moving to NYC.
News From Babel
News From Babel was the project that Chris promised to create once he discovered that I was a harpist. We recorded two records together. This is a recording of an extra—single, a song I wrote for the most inspiring vocalist, Dagmar to sing—with Lindsay Cooper and Chris Cutler.