The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Baltimore’s Neil Feather, who will discuss the taxonomy of his unique instrument designs and how ideas about music and technology find context in art galleries, performance venues and media.
Feather is internationally known as an inventor of experimental musical instruments that combine strings, springs, magnets, motors, flywheels, electromagnetic pickups, bicycles, bowling balls and other matter to explore the sounds of unlikely physical events. He has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Canada and New Zealand, and has created numerous site-specific sound installations. Feather, a key player in Baltimore’s vibrant music and art community since 1985, was a founding member of the Red Room Collective, which presents 50 concerts per year, and the High Zero Foundation, which produces the the High Zero Festival, now in its 18th year of presenting world-class improvised and experimental music in an unusual and vital structure.
Neil Feather has been awarded both the Sondheim Art Prize and the Trawick Contemporary Art Prize, and was included in the exhibition Art or Sound in Venice, Italy. His instruments are featured in the contemporary ballet Sunset 06.39 Hours produced by Ballet X in Philadelphia. He is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.
Admission is free, and a complimentary lunch will be served.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in Lot 9, behind the Performing Arts and Humanities Building — please click here for additional information on location and daytime parking.