Zeena Parkins: LACE BOX SET VOL 1

Saturday, December 12, 2020. 8:00 pm

Zeena Parkins returns to Roulette to celebrate the release of LACE BOX SET VOL 1 on Case Study Records. Two works will be presented – LACE_MOVEMENT.IV and SOMEWHERE ON A SLOW CURVE. The first is the 4th movement in an ongoing project begun in 2008, commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dancer Studio. The trio Green Dome and dance artist, Joey Kipp, are working with a set of 10 pieces of lace that serve as scores for the musicians, with the mover identifying the space between dangerous obsession and bewitchment. The sound world is extended with the threading of a small feedback machine and field recordings of lacemakers from Magalas, France.

SOMEWHERE ON A SLOW CURVE_1st installment: ”hello Jay” #28, #29 #36, #37, #57, #60, and#64 is the 1st installment of part of a new composition that will see installments throughout the next two years. SOMEWHERE ON A SLOW CURVE is a multi-movement performance that takes its inspiration from the work of artist Jay DeFeo. Megan Schubert and Parkins will perform seven sections out of sixty-four from Part I, which focuses on DeFeo’s painting, The Rose. The painting emphasized a fixation with a heavily worked surface, through thinness and thickness, gouged and re-gouged, for eight years of DeFeo’s life. DeFeo’s patience and persistence resulted in a massive 2,000-pound painting, called The Rose. The Rose offers texture, timbre, scale, instability, longevity, and devotion, with the desire to see and be seen, as topics.

LACE_MOVMENT IV with Green Dome
Zeena Parkins: acoustic harp, electronics, field recordings, feedback
Ryan Sawyer: drums
Ryan Ross Smith: prepared piano and electronics
Joey Kipp: movement-choreography

SOMEWHERE ON A SLOW CURVE_1st installment “hello jay” #28, #29 #36, #37, #57, #60, and #64
Zeena Parkins: electric harp and objects
Megan Schubert: voice and objects and sound diffusion

This performance was originally scheduled for Spring 2020, but was postponed and rescheduled due to Covid-19. Roulette’s Fall season will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Our theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.


Electro-acoustic composer/performer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and pioneer of contemporary harp performance, Zeena Parkins re-imagines both the acoustic harp and an evolution of her original electric ones, through the use of expanded playing techniques, preparations, and custom designed processing. Awards include Doris Duke Artist Award, DAAD Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund grants NYFA Fellowship, Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist-in-Residence, Herb Alpert/Ucross Prize, Honorary Mention/Prix Ars Electronica, and three New York Dance and Performance Awards/ Bessies for her groundbreaking work with dance. Zeena Parkins is a Distinguished Visiting Artist at Mills College in Oakland, California.


The LACE PROJECT has been funded by the Doris Duke Artist award. SOMEWHERE ON A SLOW CURVE is being supported by the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Composition.

Photo: Glen DiCrocco, Claire Paul