This page is now archived--it felt out of use after March 2020 because of all those 2020 reasons. The new Events page is here.
Feb 20, 2020 9 pm, Elastic Arts Harris/Kimmel/Roebke/Zucker
Performing on vibes and trumpet in a new group with Bill Harris (drums), Jeff Kimmel (clarinet), and Jason Roebke (bass), sharing the bill with Jeff Albert, Joshua Abrams, and Mike Reed.
Feb 20, 2020 7:30 pm, Galvin Hall, Bienen School Of Music New Music Showcase
Performing vibraphone on Linda Catlin Smith's Light And Water with Victor Huls (cello) for the Bienen School of Music's annual showcase of contemporary chamber music.
Mar 18, 2020 7:30 pm, Regenstein Master Class Room, Bienen School Of Music Winter 2020 Northestern Student Composer's Concert
Premiere of "Wrey," playing celesta with Sophie Lanthier (flute) and Caleb Paxton (viola).
Feb 15, 2020 Febuary 15 @ 9 pm, February 16 @ 7 pm, Prop Thtr, Chicago Priestess of Morphine at RHINO Fest
Performing vibraphone in the storefront theater debut of Rosśa Crean's dramatic duo monodrama.
Jan 01, 2020 8 pm, Slate Arts Mad Myth Science
Quartet debut on trumpet, electronics, objects and movement with Julian Otis, Molly Jones, and Wilson Tanner Smith! Also including performances by Cooper Diers, Dan Hansen, Erica Miller, and Craig Davis Pinson, and Autumn Selover and Emily Beisel.
Jan 21, 2020 8 pm, Slate Arts SMP: Zucker/Adams, Jamison Williams, Lee/Falknor
Playing as part of a new trumpet and drums duo with Alexander Adams, in addition to dance and noise by Rush Falknor and Janna Lee, and Jamison Williams' bird call solos flying in from Florida.
Dec 20, 2019 8 pm, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago Drama Science Lab presents Téte à Téte
Opening party for an exhibit of art/science hybrids--accompanying live particle visualization by Baudouin Saintyves with Sam Scranton!
Dec 16, 2019 7:30 pm, Myopic Books Myopic Music Series
Playing duo on vibes with Chris Moore on alto sax for the last event of the year of Myopic's long-running improv series!
Nov 12, 2019 7:30 pm, Galvin Hall, Bienen School of Music Fall 2019 Northwestern Student Composers Concert
Liza Sobel and Mabel Kwan give the premiere of "Circling The Sky" alongside works by Elliot Lupp, Jasmine Thomasian, and Samuel Perlman.
Oct 26, 2019 8 pm, The Buchwald Theater, Brooklyn College (NY) Unit Structures: The Art of Cecil Taylor Conference
"The third and final concert presented by The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York for the Unit Structures: The Art of Cecil Taylor Conference features a big band directed by Karen Borca playing "Womb Water" and other compositions by Cecil Taylor."
A member of the big band on trumpet and vibraphone!
Oct 17, 2019 9 pm, Elastic Arts, Chicago Wark/Dawid/Heinemann/Shead & Jones/Zucker/Ernst
"A dynamic quartet of Chicago-based improvisers takes the stage tonight, featuring some of the brightest lights among a new generation of Chicago improvisers. For the second set, reedist Molly Jones returns to Elastic Arts with a collaborative trio that debuted this part summer."
Playing vibraphone and trumpet with Molly Jones (saxophones) and Katie Ernst (bass).
Aug 24, 2019 5 pm, Art Omi, Ghent, NY Music in the Park
"An informal concert of new, experimental music created during the course of the Art Omi: Music residency. Musicians from a multitude of traditions and genres combine their approaches for novel and unforeseeable results! Grab a seat, bring a blanket, and enjoy seldom heard music amidst art and landscape. Art Omi welcomes the public to its events and grounds free of charge."
Performing in a variety of pieces, and premiering a new work with Shannon Barnett (trombone), Violeta Garcia (cello), and Greg Chudzik (electric bass.)
Aug 11, 2019 6 pm, Spiegeltent, Fisher Center at Bard College Cage/Cunningham Music and Dance Circus
"In commemoration of the 100th birthday of renowned American choreographer Merce Cunningham, musicians and dancers come together for a celebratory performance of John Cage’s historically gloriously anarchic work, Musicircus — with a twist. Featuring chance-determined performances by more than 40 musicians and dancers—it is often simultaneous, always surprising, and, befitting the Spiegeltent, happens both inside and outdoors."
Performing Cage's works Dream and Aria.
Aug 04, 2019 8:30 pm, Constellation, Chicago Three Hands Clapping @ Frequency Series
Premiere of a new ambient/classical/electroacoustic jam trio with Rebecca McDaniel and Henry Stewart! Sharing the bill with Beautifulish (Sam Scranton & Katie Young) and Mega Laverne & Shirley (Mabel Kwan & Andrew Tham).
Jul 06, 2019 6 pm, Burdocks, Toronto (Canada) Zucker/Fung/Stuart
Solo performances, sounds, and songs by Ben Zucker, Kristin Fung, and Alanna Bonjay Stuart.
Jun 14, 2019 6 pm, Fine Arts Building, Chicago Chicago Puppet Studio Open Studio
Making shell sounds for KT Shivak's work-in-progress puppet showing for friends of the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival.
Jun 12, 2019 9 pm, Cafe Mustcha, Chicago Free Jazz Date Night
Duo on vibraphone with Sean Drewry, guitar, as part of a curated set of free improvisation and comedy.
Jun 10, 2019 8 pm, Slate Arts, Chicago Solo w/ Natedal
Solo performance on vibraphone and electronics, opening for Natedal and a quintet with Joe Suikhonen, Josh Harlow, Gerritt Hatcher, Katie Ernst, and Ryan Packard.
Jun 07, 2019 8 pm, Slate Arts, Chicago Adiophora Percussion Quartet
Performing music for drums and mallets by Adam Shead, with Emerson Hunton and Bill Harris.
Jun 03, 2019 7:30 pm, Myopic Books, Chicago Zucker/Jones @ Myopic Music Series
Duo on trumpet and vibraphone with Molly Jones, saxophone.
May 15, 2019 May 15-19, various locations, Buffalo, NY Indeterminacy Festival
In residence at the Indeterminacy Festival, facilitating workshops in recycled object performance, working on new music for monochords, and performing in the main concert event, "PastFuture/FuturePast" at the Penn Dixie Fossil Site.
Apr 26, 2019 9 pm, Orotund Music, Chicago World Beside Us, with Brock/Moore/Munzesheimer/Shead, Fletcher/Ali/Ad
World Beside Us (Ben Zucker, electronics, vibraphone; Nick Alvarez, drums; Alisa Kolot, keyboards; Erica Miller, cello; Craig Davis Pinson, guitar) makes it second appearance ever, with opening sets by Hanna Brock, violin; Christopher Moore, saxophone/electronics; Anna Munzesheimer, voice; Adam Shead, drums,
& David Fletcher, trombone; Ishmael Ali, cello; Alexander Adams, drums.
Apr 24, 2019 8:30 pm, Fulton Street Collective, Chicago Fifth Season w/ Boomerang
The Chicago version of Fifth Season makes its second appearance, with Mabel Kwan, piano; Eli Namy, bass; and Adam Shead, drums. Opening support from Boomerang (Matt Riggen, trumpet; Brock Steussi, bass; Tommy Carroll, drums).
Apr 20, 2019 8 pm, Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University Jacqueline Kerns' Senior Recital
An honors recital in voice by mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Kerns, including the premiere of Semiramide riconosciuta (an archaeology).
Apr 17, 2019 8 pm, Slate Arts, Chicago With Sonder Trio @ Slate Impro Jam
Opening for the biweekly improvisation session with the Sonder Trio (Autumn Selover, Harp; Derek Fitting, trumpet; Magdalena Sustere, cello).
Mar 12, 2019 8:00 pm, Slate Arts Bat Dawid/Otis/Espinoza/Zucker
Vibes and trumpet with a killer group of improvisers--Angel Bat Dawid (clarinet), Julian Otis (voice), Xris Espinoza (drums/sax); part of a triple bill with even more great improvisers!
Mar 06, 2019 8 pm, Slate Arts, Chicago Zucker/Otis/Shead @ Slate Impro Jam
Opening for the biweekly improvisation session on trumpet and lap steel guitar (public debut!) with Julian Otis (voice) and Adam Shead (drums).
Feb 18, 2019 7:30 pm, Galvin Hall, Northwestern University New Music Performance Showcase
Sonder Trio (Derek Fitting, Autumn Selover, Magdalena Sustere) premieres an arrangement of Pilot Mine, alongside a concert of contemporary works performed by Bienen performance students.
Feb 09, 2019 7:30 pm, Galvin Hall, Northwestern University NU Contemporary Music Ensemble
Bienen School of Music Contemporary Ensemble premieres Grass Has Grown Into Your Cities, alongside works by John Adams, Matt Marks, and Kate Soper. Conducted by Alan Pierson, Ben Bolter, and Victor Huls.
Feb 06, 2019 8:00 pm, Slate Arts, Chicago Impro Jam One Year Anniversary!
Celebrating one year of dice-rolled improvisations at Slate, with an ensemble cast of its finest characters!
Dec 18, 2018 Elastic Arts, Chicago, 9 pm World Beside Us/Fifth Season
Chicago bandleader debut with two groups! Performing Fifth Season with Mabel Kwan, Eli Namay, and Adam Shead; performing World Beside Us with Nick Alvarez, Alisa Kolot, Erica Miller, and Craig Davis Pinson.
Dec 04, 2018 Regenstein Master Class Room, Bienen School of Music, 7:30 pm Northwestern Student Composers Concert
US premiere of Outdifference by Joe Connor and Brandon Quarles (saxophones), on concert of student works.
Oct 31, 2017 Orotund Music, Chicago, 8 pm Very Very Zappa
Being the Ruth Underwood of Ishmael Ali's Frank Zappa halloween cover band! We were the Zomby Woof.
Oct 13, 2018 St. Ignatius Church, Chicago, 8:00 pm, also Sunday, October 14, St. Ita's Catholic Church, 3:00 pm To Touch The Sky
Singing with the Chicago Chamber Choir (directed by Christopher Windle) in the first concert of their 2018-2019 season, with works by Kevin Puts, Hildegaard von Bingen, Judith Bingham, Yasye Barnwell, and others.
Oct 06, 2018 High Concept Labs, Chicago, 8:00 pm Alone:Together
Singing and directing voices as part of Ryan Packard's residency series of performance installations at High Concept Labs.
Oct 03, 2018 Slate Arts, Chicago, 8:30 pm Slate Impro Jam
Opening for Slate Art's bimonthly free improvisation jam session! Performing duo with Alisa Kolot on synths and live electronics.
Sep 12, 2018 Cafe Mustache, Chicago, 8:00 pm Adam Shead's Adiaphora Orchestra
Playing trumpet in Adam Shead's improvising large ensemble.
Jul 30, 2018 Banff Centre, Canada (June 30-August 4) (r)Evolution: Resonant Bodies
Participant in the Resonant Bodies Festival's workshop at the Banff Centre: official and unofficial concerts, performing works by Louis D'Heudieres, Ben Patterson, Anthony Braxton, Imani Uzuri, Nicole DeMaio, a world premiere by Jack Maguire, and the North American premiere of Mouthborg /// Interfaceoff.
Jul 27, 2018 Lichtenburgschule, Darmstadt, Germany, 2:00 pm Empathy I
Movement, video, and performative conversation piece created and performed in collaboration with Tiange Zhou.
Jul 26, 2018 Lichtenbergschule, Darmstadt, Germany, 5:00 pm O Ur Gab Live! Good Afternoon Darmstadt Edition
Performing O Ur Gab Live! in the Darmstadt Summer Course Open Space.
Jun 29, 2018 Slate Arts (Chicago), 9:00 pm O Ur Gab Live! @ Slate 3.0
Performing O Ur Gab Live! as part of Slate Art's 3rd anniversary celebrations! Also featuring Sun-Chewer in video form as part of the gallery exhibition.
May 24, 2018 McClintock Recital Hall, Northwestern University, 7:30 pm Weston Olencki Residency @ NU
Weston Olencki premieres works by NU graduate composers, including the premiere of Refusage.
Apr 28, 2018 Elastic Arts, Chicago, 8:00 pm Calculated Discomfort
Performing on vibes and synths with Tommy Carroll's jazz fusion quartet, with Tommy Carroll, Alex Warshawsky, and Matt Riggen.
Apr 27, 2018 Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University, 6:30 pm Midwest Graduate Music Consortium Concert
Premiere of QOWOOOPO by Wilson Tanner Smith as part of the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium.
Apr 22, 2018 Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University, 8:00 pm NUNC! 3
Performing selected works with the Bienen Contemporary Vocal Ensemble for the closing concert of the Northwestern University New Music Conference, including the premiere of Aneroidal.
Mar 18, 2019 Slate Arts, Chicago, 8:00 pm Zucker/Maxbaurer/Quigley & Carroll/Rosin Quartet
Playing trumpet and vibes on both bands of a jazz and improv double bill! With Andrew Maxbauer and Neil Quigley, and Tommy Carroll, Joey Rosin, and Evan Salvacion Levine.
Mar 16, 2018 Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University, 7:30 pm BCE & The Crossing
Performing choral works by Michael Gordon, Gabriel Jackson, and David Shapiro.
Jan 10, 2018 8:30 pm, Beat Kitchen, Chicago Splice Series
Improvised music with Peter Mannau, Jakob Heinemann, and Ben Roidl-Ward.
Nov 20, 2017 7:30 pm, Myopic Books, Chicago Zucker/Maxbauer/Quigley @ Myopic Music Series
The new Northwestern composition PhDs musick together! Ben Zucker (trumpet, vibraphone), Andrew Maxbauer (percussion), & Neil Quigley (electronics)
Aug 18, 2017 8 pm, VAMP vintage • art • music for the people, Oakland OFJS & VAMP present Jaberwock & Westfall/Zucker
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents a special edition of their concert series featuring Jabberwock (Joe Orimo, drums, Leo Lober-Tracy, bass, Ben Westfall, guitar, Ben Zucker, trumpet). Westfall and Zucker opening with a duo of spoken word, guitar, and live electronics.
Jul 03, 2017 7:30 pm, Adobe Books, San Francisco Foreignfire at Quiet Lightning
Performing excerpts of Unsolicited by David Katz, with David Katz and Sam Genovese.
May 03, 2017 6 pm, Mad Monk Center For Anachronistic Media, Berkeley Jabberwock
Free jazz classics on the Xylosynth with Ben Westfall, Leo Lober-Tracey, Joe Orimo.
Jan 22, 2017 7 pm, Kings Chapel, Boston when we arrive at home
Performance of when we arrive at home by the King's Chapel Choir.
Jan 19, 2017 8 pm, Studio Grand, Oakland Ives Band Holiday Party
Pianist for the Christmas-themed version of Andrew Jamieson's mashup band.