Michael Zerang (left) and Fred Lonberg-Holm having a
break during the Brötzmann Tentet sessions, Chicago, 1997; photograph copyright John Corbett
Michael Zerang is a composer, percussionist and performance artist. He has been
commissioned to write over 90 musical/sound compositions in collaboration with
choreographers, theater companies, performance artists, new music ensembles, and
film & video makers.
He has co-founded and performed with Broken Wire, The Neutrino Orchestra, Trio
Troppo, The Wonderfuls, The Blue Angels, Pappas New Instrument Ensemble, Frozen
Lucy, The Quirt Quintet, Musica Menta, The Vandermark Quartet, Dream Cheese, The
Sputter Ensemble, and Liof Munimula. In addition to these ensembles, Zerang has
performed with many innovative musicians including AACM co-founder Fred Anderson,
Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker,
Barre Phillips, Jim Baker, Hamid Drake, Glen Velez,
Gene Coleman, and David Rothenberg. He has recorded for Okka Disk,
Southport, Quinnah, Eighth Day Music, Garlic, and Platypus, labels as well as many others.
Zerang has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
in performance technique and sound design as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic
analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College and Northwestern
University, courses in Composer - Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern
University, and music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House. He has held
workshops in Improvisational music, and extended vocal techniques. He teaches
private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion
Zerang founded the Link's Hall Performance Series in November 1985 and functioned
as artistic director until 1989. Link's Hall continues to present experimental
music, modern dance, traditional ethnic folk music, poetry and fiction readings,
and performance art events. He also curated events at Club Lower Link's, a venue
for experimental arts in Chicago from 1987-1989. Currently he curates
experimental music programming at Urbus Orbis Theater.
In 1995 Zerang received a grant from The Chicago Artists International Program
and traveled to Stockholm to perform and record with some of Sweden's most
innovative musicians. He has also received grants from The Illinois Arts Council,
The Chicago Office of Fine Arts, Arts Midwest, and The Regional Artist Project
Grant administered by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996 Zerang
received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for original music composition for his work
on Red Moon Theaters mask and puppet version of FRANKENSTEIN that premiered at
the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.
- 1991/1995, Ask the sun, Okka Disk OD12008. Duo with Hamid Drake.
- 1994, Parrot fish eye, Okka Disk 12006. With Mats Gustafsson
- 1996, Improvisors, Kontrans 143. With Jaap Blonk and Mats Gustafsson.
- 1996, The Earth sessions Vol. I/II, BOXmedia BOXCD004. Duo with Jim Baker.
- 1996, Frankenstein, Garlic Records.
- 1996, First meetings, BUZZ ZZ 76002. With Jaap Blonk/Fred Lonberg-Holm.
- 1996, Broken Wire, Eighth Day Music EDM80009.
- 1997, The Chicago Octet/Tentet, Okka disk OD12022. Peter Brötzmann.
- 1997, 35 grapes (19 shown), BOXmedia BOXCD007. Duo with Fred Longberg-Holm.
- 1997, Music on seven occasions, Meniscus MNSCS004. Three duos with John Butcher.
- 1997, Luc Houtkamp in Chicago, Entropy Stereo 007. Trio with Kent Kessler and Michael Zerang.
- 1997, That nothing is known, Recorded 002. Bob Marsh/Michael Zerang/Jack Wright/John Berndt.
- 1998, Claque, Meniscus MNSCS 006. Trio with Fred Longberg-Holm and Axel Dörner.
- 1998, Scratch match, Penumbra CD009. Duo with Raymond Strid.
- 1998, Disappeared, nuscope CD 1009. Trio with Sten Sandell & Fred Lonberg-Holm.
- 1999, Stone/Water, Okka disk OD12032. The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.
- 2000, and, Musica Genera mg 001. Kyle Bruckmann.
- 2000, Broken English, Okka disk OD12043. The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet Plus Two.
- 2000, Short visit to nowhere, Okka disk OD12044. The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet Plus Two.
- 2000, Two lightboxes, Locust 53. The Peter Brötzmann Tentet Plus Two + The Come Sunday Ensemble.
- 2000, Pipeline. Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 010. Pipeline.
- 2001, Nham, Foghorn Records FOGCD03. Bevan/Bishop/Zerang/Edwards.
- 2001, Bull fiddle, Okka disk OD12038. Kent Kessler; includes three duos.
- 2001, Tincture, Musica Genera mg 004. Butcher/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang.
- 2002, Tales out of time, HatOLOGY 589. Peter Brötzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang.
- 2002/2003, Images, Okka disk OD12047. The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.
- 2002/2003, Signs, Okka disk OD12048. The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.
- 2003, Drummin' Chicago, FMR CD160-i0505. Fredy Studer/Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang.
- 2004, Be music, night, Okka disk OD12059. The Chicago Tentet featuring Mike Pearson. Also issued on Jazzwerkstatt JW 002.
- 2004, Landscape: recognizable, Creative sources CS 037. Birgit Uhler/Lou Mallozzi/Michael Zerang.
- 2004, A night in Sana'a ARM 02. Berg-Und Talfahrt.
- 2005, Live in Beirut, Al Maslakh Recordings MSLKH CD 03. Duo with Brötzmann.
- 2005, Guts, Okka disk OD12062. McPhee/Brötzmann/Kessler/Zerang.
- 2006, Cedarhead, Al Maslakh Recordings MSLKH CD 06.
- 2006, American landscapes 1, Okka disk OD12067. The Chicago Tentet.
- 2006, American landscapes 2, Okka disk OD12068. The Chicago Tentet.
- 2006, Think about it, Textile TCD22. The George Burt/Raymond McDonald Quartet.
- 2007, At Molde 2007 (10 years 10tet), Okka disk OD12072. The Chicago Tentet.
- 2008, The damage is done, Not Two Records MW 823. McPhee/Brötzmann/Kessler/Zerang.
- 2009, Creole gardens: a New Orleas suite, No Business Records NBLP 39/NBCD32. McPhee/Zerang.
- 2011, Long story short, Trost TR112. 5CD Peter Brötzmann set.
- 2011, Concert for Fukushima: Wels 2011, Trost TR114/Panrec DVD08. Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.
- 2011/12, Sleepless in Chicago, No Business Records NBLP 70. Mikolaj Trzaska/Devin Hoff/Michael Zerang.
- 2013, Sonic communion, The Bridge Sessions TBS01. Jean-Luc Cappozzo/Douglas R. Ewart/Joëlle Léandre/Bernard SantacruZ/Michael Zerang.