Trouble in Paradise

Phantom Orchard Orchestra
Tzadik
2012

“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.

Personnel:

Orra

Phantom Orchard
Tzadik
2008

“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.

Personnel:

Phantom Orchard

Phantom Orchard
Mego
2004

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.

Personnel:

Weightless Animals

Kaffe Matthews, Mandy McIntosh, Zeena Parkins
Limited Edition Vinyl Picture Disc
Annette Works
2004

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].

Björk Live at the Royal Opera House

DVD
One Little Indian
2002

Personnel:

Björk, Simon Lee, Zeena Parkins, Matmos, Greenland Choir, and a 56 piece orchestra

Björk Hidden Place single

Hidden Place

Björk w/Generous Palmstroke
single
One Little Indian
2001

The “B” side of the first single released for Vespertine, Generous Palmstroke is the duo song that I wrote with Björk. We have performed it in nearly every concert that we have done together.

Bjork - Vespertine

Vespertine

Björk
One Little Indian
2001

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.

Live at Easthampton Town Hall

Live at Easthampton Town Hall

Zeena Parkins, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore
JMZ
2001

Recorded live on January 25, 2001. The performance and disc to benefit the Flywheel Community Art Space in Easthamton, MA

Personnel:

Shark!

Shark!

Zeena Parkins & Chris Cutler
ReR
1999

Live concert recordings from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and Link in Bologna of my duo with the great Chris Cutler

Personnel:

Blackburst

Blackburst

Psycho-Acoustic
Victo
1996

2nd release of my duo with Elliott Sharp

Pyscho-Acoustic

Psycho-Acoustic

Elliott Sharp & Zeena Parkins
Victo
1994

Debut release of the duo project with Elliott Sharp

Personnel:

Spy Network

Spy Network

No Safety
Shared 7” e.p. with The Flying Luttenbachers
Coat-Tail
1994

The last release of this great forgotten band.

Personnel:

Live at the Knitting Factory

Live at the Knitting Factory

No Safety
Knitting Factory Works
1993

Personnel:

Good as Gold

Good as Gold

OWT
Homestead Records
1989

Stellar recording with the formidable David Linton.

Country of Blinds

Country of Blinds

Skeleton Crew
RecRec Records/Fred Records
1986

The only release for this trio: Fred Frith, Tom Cora and Zeena Parkins.

My first band project after moving to NYC.

News From Babel

Contraries

News From Babel
1986

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.