Fellow: Awarded 2016
Field of Study: Music Composition
Competition: US & Canada
Neil Feather is internationally known as an inventor of experimental musical instruments. The instruments 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. He has created numerous site-specific sound installations.
Neil Feather has be a key player in Baltimore’s vibrant music and art community since 1985. He was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation. The collective presents 50 concerts a year. The High Zero Festival is in its 18th year of presenting world-class improvised and experimental music in an unusual and vital structure.
The above interests guide the narrative aspect of his current project, an opera. He has created roughly 10 different families of instruments that comprise a unique orchestra. This project involves myth, character, lighting and fancy stagecraft.
He won the Sondheim Art Prize and the Trawick Contemporary Art Prize. He was included in the Exhibit “Art or Sound” in Venice, Italy. His instruments are featured in the contemporary ballet “Sunset o6.39 Hours” produced by Ballet X in Philadelphia.
Neil Feather's Composition # 5
Neil Feather's Happy Place
Number 5, by Neil Feather