Composer, performer, improvisor, and educator 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, and installations. With his music he is interested in the construction of sonic worlds which unfold sound in its inherent qualities as sound. In the joy of vibrating material, the mode of vibration grows to contain the saturated density of atmosphere - with its entangled bundle of physical sensation, perceptual awareness, emotion, memory. Here, the interaction with structures, frameworks, and performance situations reveal how sound and listening shapes perceptions of time and space and situates memory and narrative meaning. From this emerges a music which touches on the human condition in its many modalities and which hopes to offer an intuition into the vast and folded multiplicity of our sonic experience.
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.
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, 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 MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from California Institute of the Arts. Adam teaches music to primary school kids at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.