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SITE INDEX


  • COMMISSIONS / MUSIC COMPOSITION
  • ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST AND PERFORMER
  • DISCOGRAPHY
  • CURATOR OF EXPERIMENTAL SOUND & PERFORMANCE
  • STAGE & SCREEN APPEARANCES
  • ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE
  • TEACHING
  • ACCOMPANIST
  • GRANTS & AWARDS
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • EDUCATION


  • COMMISSIONS / MUSIC COMPOSITION [list]

    Creation of original music composed for music ensembles, theater,
    performance art, dance, and film.

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    ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST AND PERFORMER [list]

    Axel Dörner / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang
    (1998-present)
    Improvised trios for trumpet, cello and percussion.

    Jumper Cables
    (1998-present)
    Compositions and structured improvisation for quartet by MIchael Zerang featuring Jim Baker - ARP 2600, Kevin Drumm - guitar, Don Meckley - shortwave radio, Michael Zerang - percussion.

    Terminal 4
    (1998-present)
    Quintet playing compositions by cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with guitarist Ben Vida, bassist Josh Abrams, trombonist Jeb Bishop and Zerang on drums.

    Fred Lonberg-Holm / Sten Sandell / Michael Zerang Trio [review]
    (1997-present)
    Improvised trio musical featuring American cellist Lonberg-Holm Swedish pianist Sandell and American percussionist Zerang have toured and recorded in the U.S.

    Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet [review]
    (1997-present)
    Large ensemble directed by German saxophonist Peter Brötzman, featuring Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang. Tours of USA, Canada and Europe.

    In Zenith
    (1997-present)
    Power trio featuring the music of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with bassist / trombonist Jeb Bishop and Zerang on drums.

    Jaap Blonk / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang Trio [review]

    (1997-present)
    Improvised musicial trio featuring Dutch vocalist and sound poet Jaap Blonk, Chicago based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang. Debut CD "First Meeting" released on Buzz Records (76002) 1999. Tours of Europe and U.S.

    Raymond Strid / Michael Zerang Percussion Duo
    (1996-present)
    Master Swedish percussionist Raymond Strid and American percussionist Michael Zerang perform free and structured improvisation. They have performed in the U.S. and Sweden.

    Mats Gustafsson / Sten Sandell / Michael Zerang Trio
    (1996-present)
    Swedish saxophonist Gustafsson and pianist Sandell along with American percussionist Zerang have performed improvised music and recorded in Sweden and the U.S.

    Jaap Blonk / Mats Gustafsson / Michael Zerang Trio
    (1996-present)
    Free improvisations and structured improvisations for voice, reeds and percussion. Tours of Europe and United States.

    Lonberg-Holm / Zerang Duo [review]
    (1996-present)
    Compositions, improvisations and explorations for cello and percussion. Tours of USA and Europe.

    Jim Baker / Michael Zerang Duo
    (1995-present)
    Improvised duets for piano and electronics, drums and percussion.

    Trio Troppo
    (1995-present)
    Experimental music collective featuring the compositions of its members Fredrick Lonberg-Holm - Cello; Gene Coleman - Bass Clarinet; Michael; Zerang - percussion.

    Mats Gustafsson / Michael Zerang Duo
    (1994-present)
    Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and American percussionist Michael Zerang have performed and recorded improvised duets in Sweden and the United States. Their music has been documented on Parrot Fish Eye, a 1995 release on the Okka Disc label.

    Winter Solstice Percussion Concerts [review]
    (1990-present)
    Annual event celebrating the winter solstice at Link's Hall in Chicago. Hamid Drake and michael Zerang hold four ritual performances of percussion music at sunrises and sunsets during the course of the solstice weekend.

    Music for Mesopotamian Frame Drums and Other Percussion
    (1989-present)
    Duet that emphasizes the music of hand drums from the Middle East, North Africa, and East India featuring percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang. Tours of USA and Europe.

    Liof Munimula [review]
    (1982-Present)
    Improvisational music trio featuring Daniel Scanlan, Don Meckley and Michael Zerang that deals with the mixture of electronic and acoustic elements with an emphasis on shifting polyrhythmic interplay. The trio has toured the United States and Canada and has performed in art galleries, nightclubs and other alternative spaces.

    Broken Wire [review]
    (1996-1998)
    Experimental rock and fusion quartet featuring Daniel Scanlan, Jim Baker, Fredrick Lonberg-Holm, and Michael Zerang

    Sputter Ensemble
    (1996-1997)
    Sextet featuring Robbie Hunsinger (oboe), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Jeremy Ruthrauff (reeds), Jim Baker (electronics) Fredrick Lonberg-Holm (cello), Michael Zerang (percussion). Performing original compositions by Michael Zerang

    Quirt Quintet
    (1995-1997)
    Collective ensemble emphasizing long-form structured improvisations for strings and percussion. Featuring Daniel Scanlan - violin; Fredrick Lonberg-Holm - cello; Kent Kessler - contrabass; Steve Hunt - percussion; Michael Zerang - percussion.

    Neutrino Trio
    (1995-1996)
    Experimental music trio that performs the long-form composition of Michael Zerang. Featuring Daniel Scanlan - violin; Kent Kessler - contrabass; Michael Zerang - percussion.

    The Vandermark Quartet [review]
    (1991-1995)
    New Jazz ensemble employing a range of styles from free improvisation to composition by its members Ken Vandermark - reeds; Daniel Scanlan - violin / guitar / cornet; Kent Kessler - bass; Michael Zerang - percussion.

    Sam Pappas New Instrument Ensemble (Tumbling Strains)
    (1981-1987)
    I have studied and performed on the new musical instruments of Chicago sculptor Sam Pappas. Performances have been held at Young / Hoffman Gallery, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Randolph Street Gallery and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

    Project Clamdance
    (1981-1987)
    This is an ongoing process that is devised to explore and expand improvisational music. I bring together approximately 30 musicians for large ensemble explorations of this form. These players are also divided up into smaller ensembles and sectionals that deal with the same principles of improvised music in a more intimate setting. Performances have been held at A.R.C Gallery, MoMing Dance and Art center and Link's Hall Studio.

    Musica Menta
    (1981-1986)
    Musica Menta is a workshop situation co-founded and developed by Michael Zerang. Consisting of six musicians, this group worked on a range of ideas in music to performance art and explored the different facets of inter-media collaboration. Musica Menta has performed extensively in the United States and was the recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Grant from 1982-1984.

    The Neutrino Orchestra
    (1977-1979)
    This experimental music ensemble emphasized and explored acoustic textural phenomena. With Daniel Scanlan, Kent Kessler, Robert Bilmeyer, Norbert Funk. Performances in Chicago and USA.


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    DISCOGRAPHY [list]

    Michael Zerang has produced and collaborated on a number of projects. The discography spans from 1982 to present.

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    CURATOR OF EXPERIMENTAL SOUND & PERFORMANCE

    The Candlestick Maker

    (July 2001 - March 2005)
    The Candlestick Maker is a small performance space in Chicago that is the home of composer/percussionist Michael Zerang. Intimate concerts of experimental, free jazz, electronic, and other forms of creative, forward-thinking music take place on a regular basis. The space is also available for rehearsals, classes, and workshops.
    The Candlestick Maker Archive


    Founder and Artistic Director, Links Hall Performance Series
    (November 1985 - December 1988)
    Developed ongoing performance series in Chicago that presented music, poetry & fiction readings, dance, performances art events and other mixed media projects with the emphasis placed on presenting artists at the vanguard of their disciplines, and concerts of traditional ethnic folk music that highlight artists living in Chicago. Presented over 200 separate events as artistic director from Nov. 1985 to April 1989. (Additional information upon request)
    Link's Hall Performance Series Archive List

    Festivities Coordinator, Club Lower Links
    (April 1988 - December 1989)
    Initiated multi-arts performance program in Chicago cabaret nightclub. Presented 400 events in 20 months. [review]

    Freelance Curator of Experimental Music
    (1990 - present)
    Created experimental music programming at various locations in Chicago including  Hothouse  [review],  Urbus  Orbis  [review],  and  Lunar  Cabaret.
    Urbus Orbis Experimental Music Series Archive List


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    STAGE & SCREEN APPEARANCES
    (1980 - Present)

    Photo Credit:  Fred Burkhart

    Title

    Role

    Artist / Director

    Our Father

    Zeke

    (film) Eric Wright / Bryn Magnus

    Tale of the Ginja

    Marine

    Frank Melcori

    Hot Sands

    Oil Baron

    Michael Zerang

    Nixon: The Future is Now

    Jimi Jihad

    Frank Melcori

    Death of Mar Shimun

    Mar Shimun

    Michael Zerang

    Saddle Up 'ol Paint

    Cowboy Bill

    Frank Melcori

    Final Notice

    Mystery Singer

    Kaja Overstreet

    In the House of Sargon

    Taxi Driver

    Michael Zerang

    Square Garden

    Lounge Drummer / Thug

    Steven Rumbelow

    Ten Men At the Dyke

    Lead Singer

    Bob Eisen

    Bolinga

    Street Bum

    David Zumboro

    Ill-mannered Energy

    MC / Fornicator

    Kaja Overstreet

    Kerouac: A Jazz Play

    Saxophonist

    Gypsy Theater Wagon

    Rainer and the Knife

    The Mayor

    Ping Chong

    Fish Story

    Paddle Boy

    Kaja Overstreet

    Unrequited Love

    Last Poet

    Michael Bonesteel

    Lacings

    Singer / Jumper

    Bartoszek / Pelliteir


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    ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE WORKS [details]
    Photo Credit:  Michael Zerang

    Title

    Venue

    Premiere

    Ecstatic Dissent [review] Hot House 2003
    108 Ways to Nirvana [review] Chicago Area 2001

    In the House of Sargon [review]

    Link's Hall Studio

    1993

    The Death of Mar Shimun

    Club Lower Links

    1991

    Hot Sands

    Randolph Street Gallery

    1990

    Hellhounds

    Club Lower Links

    1989


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    TEACHING
    (1980 - Present)

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Guest Artist in Invented Instrument workshop (2003)

    Gulbenkian Museum / Augusto Jazz Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
    Percussion Workshops (2000)

    Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
    Advanced Course in Composer / Choreographer collaborations, (1997 / 1998)

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Guest Artist in Sound and Puppetry workshop

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Guest Artist in performance technique with emphasis on movement and vocal skills, 1981

    Columbia College Dance Department, Chicago, IL
    Guest Artist in percussion technique and rhythmic analysis, 1983

    Uptown Hull House, Chicago, IL
    Taught children, ages 4-12, principles of sound texture and rhythm as part of a summer arts program that brought dance, music and visual art together culminating in a final performance by the children, 1983

    Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, IN
    Held a workshop stressing vocal technique and movement for a dance collective. A lecture demonstration and performance were also given, 1984

    Deer Trail Collective, Gary, IN
    Taught sound / movement workshop to a group of poets under the direction of Ron Wray, 1982

    Private Instruction
    Rhythmic Analysis for Dancers; Percussion Technique; Music Improvisation
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    ACCOMPANIST FOR DANCE INSTRUCTION
    (1978 - 1989)

    I have accompanied modern dance classes from fundamental to advanced levels. During this time, I have worked with over forty instructors including June Finch, Bill T. Jones, Jan Bartoszek, Maggie Kast, Jackie Radis, Jan Erkert, Amy Osgood, Gary Lund, Laura Wade, Akasha & Company and various Belly-Dancing Classes.

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    GRANTS & AWARDS

    Institution

    Year

    Illinos Arts Council - Artist Fellowship

    2012

    Music Composition

    Illinos Arts Council - Governor's International Arts Exchange

    2005

    (Travel to Lebanon to perform and hold worhshops)

    Illinos Arts Council - Special Assistace Grant

    2003

    (Original Music Composition - ECSTATIC DISSENT)

    Illinos Arts Council - Artist Fellowship

    2002

    (Original Music Composition)

    Chicago Depatment of Cultural Affairs

    2002

    CAAP Grant

    Joseph Jefferson Citation (Hunchback)

    2000

    (Original Music Composition)

    Chicago Artists International Project (European Tour)

    1998

    (w/ Fred Lonberg-Holm)

    Joseph Jefferson Citation (The Ballad of Frankie & Johnny)

    1998

    (Original Music Composition)

    Joseph Jefferson Citation (Frankenstein)

    1996

    (Original Music Composition)

    Chicago Artists International Project (Sweden Tour)

    1995

    Regional Artist Project - NEA / Randolph St. Gallery

    1993

    Illinois Arts Council - Technical Assistance

    1993

    Ragdale Artist Colony - Residency

    1992

    2 weeks

    Illinois Arts Council - Technical Assistance

    1990

    Chicago Office of Fine Arts - CAAP Grant

    1989



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    AFFILIATIONS

    Organization

    Position

    Dates

    Elastic Arts Foundation

    Board of Directors

    2016 - 2017

    Curious Theater Branch

    Board of Directors

    1998 - 1999

    Experimental Sound Studio

    President-Board of Directors

    1989 - 1992

    Links Hall, Inc.

    Board of Directors

    1989 - 2013

    Links Hall, Inc. Managing Director/Development 2003 - 2004

    Illinois Arts Council

    Advisory Panel Member (Multi-Arts)

    1989 - 1991

    Chicago Office of Fine Art

    Advisory Panel Member (City Arts I, II)

    1990

    Chicago Office of Fine Art

    Advisory Panel Member (CAAP Music)

    1991, 93, 95

    Randolph Street Gallery

    Selection Committee Member (NPN Showcase)

    1991

    Ragdale Artists Colony

    Selection Committee Member - Music Composition

    1992 - 1996

    The Children's School

    Board of Directors

    1997 - 1998



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    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

    Roosevelt University - Chicago Music College
    An advanced course of study in music theory, composition and performance skills, 1978-1982

    Wright College
    Chicago Liberal Arts and Music courses, 1977-1978

    Private Study and Workshops, 1979-1986

    Percussion Skill
    Edward Poremba, Adwar Hanna, Edward Zerang

    Music Composition
    Robert Lombardo, Don Malone, Jon Gibson, Peter Van Riper, Karl Berger.

    Movement Training
    Simone Forti, Nancy Topf, David Appel, Eiko and Koma, Alan Ptashek, Ping Chong.



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