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Ben Zucker (photo by Deidre Huckabay).

Photo by Deidre Huckabay

Short & Sweet

Ben Zucker engages in acts of creative juxtaposition and speculation as a composer, audiovisual artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Acclaimed as a "master of improvisation" (IMPOSE Magazine), and “more than a little bit remarkable” (Free Jazz Blog), they have contributed to experimental music scenes across North America and the UK with “stirring compositions…built on a lifetime of musical curiosity” (Chicago Reader), as well as albums, multimedia situations, and frequent performances on vibraphone, brass, voice, and electronics. Following studies at Wesleyan University (BA), Brunel University London (MA), and Northwestern University (PhD), they currently live in Chicago.


Photo by Ricardo Adame

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Photo by KT Shivak

Less Short, Still Sweet

Ben Zucker lives for acts of creative juxtaposition and speculation. As an intentionally wide-ranging composer/performer, he has contributed to experimental scenes across North America and Europe. Performance highlights include working with musicians including Anthony Braxton, Gareth Davis, Myra Melford, Karen Borca, Vocal Constructivists, Rinde Eckert, and the San Francisco Choral Artists, amongst frequent appearances as an ensemble contributor, and bandleader of experimental jazz quartet Fifth Season and creative music collective Mad Myth Science.


Their ““stirring compositions” (Chicago Reader) have received awards and performances by ensembles including the Mivos Quartet, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Khorikos, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Chicago Composers Orchestra, and appeared at DOCNYC, the Darmstadt Fereinkurse, Steppenwolf Theater, Trinity College Dublin, Nordic Percussion Festival, Ostrava New Music Days, and Ear Taxi Festival. He has been acclaimed as a "master of improvisation" (IMPOSE Magazine) and “more than a little bit remarkable” (Free Jazz Blog) for solo albums released on labels including Whitelabelrecs, Dinzu Artefacts, ears&eyes records, Slow Tone Collages, and A Red Thread.


Following studies at Bennington College, Wesleyan University (BA), Brunel University (MA), and Northwestern University (PhD), they currently live in Chicago. Current life includes ongoing freelance performing and composing, teaching, and curatorial and production work as the Vice President of New Music Chicago.


Longer bio & Resume/CV available on request.



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