Projects

Our Approach to VIA Projects

VIA's projects reflect a deep commitment to issues from accessibility to environmental sustainability - with respect, fairness, dignity, care, quality, and self-esteem at the heart of our work.

Our Approach to VIA Projects

VIA's projects reflect a deep commitment to issues from accessibility to environmental sustainability - with respect, fairness, dignity, care, quality, and self-esteem at the heart of our work.

Our projects prioritize impact and embrace cross-cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and deep processes centering community and scientific exploration.

VIA prides itself in creating works that reach diverse audiences beyond the typical spectator of the arts through collaborations with non-arts fields. From incubation to dissemination, VIA desires to build spaces that center each individual's humanity, while uplifting the collective experience through generative collaborations and multi-faceted forms of expression.

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Themes

VIA Projects explore a wide range of themes - some of the primary areas of exploration include…



People/Culture


How can music create new forms of expression and connection around the core experiences of what makes us each uniquely human?

Places/Environment

How can music explore and interact with the stories of physical spaces and places? How can music create a bridge into the realms of nature and the environment?

Science/Technology

How can music serve as a laboratory for expanding the creative possibilities of science and technology? How can music provide new expressions for knowledge and narratives rooted in science and technology?

Projects

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We Were Fridays

We Were Fridays will be Jeffrey Zeigler’s fifth solo album and will explore the music of the Gullah people of the Low Country of South Carolina.

2026
People / Culture
Active

Port City

A musical exploration and poetic rendering of the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as re-imagined through the eyes and voices of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

2025
Places / Environment
People / Culture
Active

Sensorium Ex

An opera and creative technology project exploring the intersections of disability and artificial intelligence. Co-produced by VIA and Beth Morrison Projects.

2025
Opera
People / Culture
Science / Tech
Active

Archive of Desire

An exhaltation of desire... Robin Coste Lewis, Julie Mehretu, Vijay Iyer, Jeffrey Zeigler, and Charlotte Brathwaite weave a collaborative meditation on the sensuality of Cavafy, diaspora, and the liminal spaces present everywhere in his work.

2023
People / Culture
Interdisciplinary

Old Man & the Sea

Direction by Karmina Šilec, Libretto by Royce Vavrek, Choreographer Sidra Bell and Designer Dorian Silec, Produced by Beth Morrison Projects, Developed at Mass Moca. Commissioned by Arizona State University and Carolina Performing Arts.

2023
Opera
Active

Houses of Zodiac

Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello is an album, film, and immersive video installation composed by Paola Prestini and performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler with film by Murat Eyuboglu that combines spoken word, movement, music, and image to explore the intersection of mind, body, and nature.

2021
Album
Film
Interdisciplinary
Active

Con Alma

Con Alma is a live performance, album, and digital experience that explores how to find communion in times of isolation. Composed by Paola Prestini and Magos Herrera.

2020
Album
Film
Interdisciplinary
Active

Kitapsi, Nija, Anaantsi

Kitapsi, Nija, Añaantsi (Land, Water, Life) follows a number of Ashaninka communities on the Peruvian Andes as they pay tribute to their sacred sites.

2019
Film
Archive
Places / Environment

Untitled (inspired by Film Stills)

Untitled (inspired by Film Stills) is a series of four operatic monodramas exploring the stages of transformation and identity in a woman’s life.

2018
Archive

21c Liederabend - Concert Series

A re-imagining of the traditional art song recital, 21c Liederabend combines leading contemporary composers with world-class librettists, and cutting-edge multimedia to create immersive concerts.

2016
Archive
Interdisciplinary

The Colorado

Commissioned by The Met Museum and Houston Da Camera. Choral Eco-Documentary.

2016
Film
Archive
Places / Environment

The Hubble Cantata

The world's first mass VR experience, The Hubble Cantata is a multimedia cantata composed by Paola Prestini that features narration by astrophysicist Mario Livio, a libretto by Royce Vavrek, VR by Eliza McNitt, and sound by ARUP.

2016
Interdisciplinary
Film
Science / Tech

Aging Magician

Commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Krannert Center. Choral Opera for singing actor, children's chorus and string quartet. Text by Rinde Eckert, direction by Julian Crouch.

2015
Interdisciplinary
Archive

Birdheart

An intimate and stunning chamber piece of animated theatre and live music, with two cellos, a sheet of brown paper, and a box of sand. Commissioned by VisionIntoArt and National Sawdust.

2015
Interdisciplinary
Archive

Epiphany

Commissioned by BAM, the Young People's Chorus of NYC, and VisionIntoArt. A choral installation with text by Niloufar Talebi for children's chorus, string quartet and percussion.

2015
Interdisciplinary
Archive

Labyrinth Installation Concertos: House of Solitude

Commissioned by the Krannert Center. House of Solitude for solo violin and electronics.

2015
Interdisciplinary
Archive

Labyrinth Installation Concertos: Room 35

Commissioned by the Krannert Center. Room 35 for solo cello and electronics.

2014
Interdisciplinary
Archive

Oceanic Verses

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Folk Opera and song cycle with film. Concept and dramaturgy by Paola Prestini, libretto by Donna Di Novelli, and film by Ali Hossaini. Improvisations by Helga Davis.

2009
Opera
Archive

Body Maps

A Concept by Paola Prestini, Erika Harrsch and Jeffrey Zeigler, commissioned by VisionIntoArt for the Whitney Live series. Exploring body parts and their history through surreal imagery.

2007
Interdisciplinary
Archive

Sounds

Commissioned by WNYC. Song cycle for soprano, clarinet, string trio, percussion, and electronics.

2007
Vocal
Archive

A Tough Line

A Tough Line is a multimedia theater piece of music, dance, theater, film, and poetry based on the dramatic seizure of the Nord-Ost Theater on Dubravka Street, Moscow, October 2002.

2005
People / Culture
Archive

The Democrazy Project

The Democrazy project is a performance series that inquires into the role of the arts in a democratic society.

2002
People / Culture
Archive