About

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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 working with acoustic, electronic, and environmental materials in the creation of scores, recordings, performances, and installations. At the core of his work is an understanding of music as having a uniquely immediate connection with the pure sensation of sound. Sounds exist in an ever-continuous, ever-changing material flow of immeasurable size and infinite temporal dimensions out of which human expression emerges but which itself exceeds this expression. Music does not represent anything but exists for itself as a free and independent acoustical object which contributes to and by which we gain access to this virtual fabric of all sound, coalescing its material emergence, enveloping a region of it, exploring its possibilities, and presenting it for aesthetic apprehension. The interlacing of all the components through and against which sound is transmitted – musical materials, textures, structures, temporal dimensions, conceptual frameworks, concrete performance situations, and so on – serves to reveal the materiality of sound as a concretization and reiteration of the artistic impulses, patterns, processes, and creative energy of the world. In this way, music reveals and explores the inherent beauty of sound in a world always full of vibration. Adam's music aspires to offer an intuition into this vast and folded sonic world as it holds open an immersive space for listening, reflection, and imagination in a celebration and affirmation of existence.

Recent projects include: STARPERMEABLE, a studio album which is a collection of melodies interspersed with environmental recordings, to be released in 2022 on Nueni Recordsfor my neighbor, written for a violinist-neighbor as a way to use their instrument to explore listening and playing during at-home quarantine life ; The eternal oak. It is time., a choreographed performance piece for solo performer that was premiered at 2220 Arts + Archives. Increasingly, Adam also organizes shows and concerts around Los Angeles. including a new music series in outdoor public spaces and a concert series in collaboration with a local after-school music program which serves to bridge the generational gap between professional musicians and elementary, middle, and high school musicians.

Adam's work has been performed and/or presented internationally by individuals, ensembles, and organizations such as Arts Letters & Numbers, Blanton Museum of Art, Coaxial Arts, Distat Terra Festival, Ensemble Dal Niente, 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. Adam is also part of the team at Soap Ear, a quarterly online journal dedicated to sound, and is the resident copy-writer for Dinzu Artefacts.

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 also began but did not conclude studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (KUG) in Graz, Austria. Adam teaches composition and theory as well as piano, guitar, and violin to students of all ages and skill levels across Los Angeles. He is also on faculty at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music as well as at various local elementary and middle schools for their after-school enrichment programs. To read more about Adam's teaching practice, visit this page, here.

To contact me regarding commissions, performances, collaborations, music lessons, copy-writing/editing, or anything else, please visit the Contact page and fill out the form.