photo by Bailey Kobelin
Composer, performer, improvisor, and music teacher based in Los Angeles, California.
Adam Zuckerman (b. 1992, Los Angeles, CA) is a musician who works with acoustic, electronic, and environmental media in the creation of scores, recordings, performances, collaborations, and installations. His music focuses on the unfolding of sound in its fundamental quality as material vibration which transforms and is transformed by the particularities of the musical situation in which it is heard. This approach is as concerned with sound material as it is with the atmospheric feeling which holds it - the dense entanglement of physical sensation, perceptual awareness, sociality, emotion, memory. The interlacing of all of the components which make up a piece - its musical materials and structures, conceptual frameworks, and concrete performance situations - explores how sound and listening shape perceptions of time and space and situate memory and experience of change. From this emerges a music which ideally transcends its particularities to reach something absolute and sublime, thereby offering an intuition into our vast and folded sonic experiences as it holds open a space of intentional listening for reflection and imagination.
Recent projects include: STARPERMEABLE, a studio album collecting melodies and environmental recordings, to be released in 2021 on Nueni Records ; and for my neighbor, written for a violinist-neighbor as a way to use their instrument to explore listening and playing during at-home quarantine life. Increasingly, Adam also organizes shows and concerts, including a concert series in collaboration with a local after-school music program which seeks to bridge the often generational gap between professional musicians and elementary, middle, and high school musicians.
Adam's work has been performed and/or presented by individuals, ensembles, and organizations such as Arts Letters & Numbers, Blanton Museum of Art, Coaxial Arts, Distat Terra Festival, Facere Collective, High Desert Soundings, L.A. Electroacoustic Ensemble (LAEE), Quartetto Maurice, Unwrinkled Ear Concert Series, wasteLAnd Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, and others.
In addition to collaborations with other musicians. Adam enjoys working with visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and choreographers - most recently having composed and recorded the music for Lupines Will Abound, a film by Cody Edison which through poetic documentation explores the impact of fires on the environment of Southern California. For nearly a decade Adam has taught music lessons in guitar, piano, violin, composition, and theory both privately and in group settings of people in all age groups. Adam is also part of the team at Soap Ear, a quarterly online journal dedicated to sound.
Adam holds a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.A. in Ancient Greek from the Bard College and Conservatory of Music and an M.F.A. in Experimental Sound Practices from California Institute of the Arts. Adam teaches music privately to children and adults and also teaches elementary and middle school kids as part of public school enrichment programs and at the after-school music program at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.
To contact me regarding commissions, performances, collaborations, music lessons, or anything else, please visit the Contact page and fill out the form.