Peter Zummo

An exponent of the American contemporary-classical tradition as well as more vernacular genres, trombonist Peter Zummo pursues the evolving boundary of music making and brass culture and in so doing creates compositions for interactive ensemble. His musical pieces and his solo and ensemble performances - in his own works and in those of theater, dance, poetry, film, television, and new-media artists - evoke the influences and methodologies of the minimalist, rock, jazz, and world music styles. His work is informed by four decades of realizing the work of other composers and bandleaders, and is currently performing with the David Behrman Ensemble; the Go: Organic Orchestra; Michael Schumacher; Heroes of Toolik; Bear 54; the Deep Listening Band; Ensemble Helacious; Ben Neill; and Mitra Sumara.

His professional studies were with Carmine Caruso, Stuart Dempster, James Fulkerson, Dick Griffin, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Sam Rivers, and Roswell Rudd. His production credits include Indian Ocean’s Treehouse/School Bell, with Arthur Russell, on Sleeping Bag; H*E*R, by Yvette Perez, on Persian Cardinal; Zummo With an X, on Loris Records, New World and Optimo Music; Experimenting With Household Chemicals, on XI; Downtown Only, on Lovely; Arthur’s Landing, on Strut; and Slybersonic Tromosome, with Tom Hamilton, on Penumbra. Zummo's compositions have been performed by the Downtown Ensemble, NextWorks, the Flexible Orchestra, the Guy De Bievre Ensemble, the Love of Life Orchestra, Baby Birdbrain, Tilt Brass, and Gamelan Son of Lion.

Zummo received a Bessie award for Trisha Brown’s Lateral Pass and has had numerous other commissions by choreographers including David Dorfman, Risa Jarsolow, Irene Hultman, Debra Wanner, and Stephanie Woodard. Film-music credits include Rights Of Passing, by Risa Jaroslow; Wild Combination, by Matt Wolf; and Tramas, by Augusto Contento.

He is Senior Faculty Advisor with the New York Arts Program, a program of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and artistic director of The Loris Bend Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit presenter of music, dance, and media. Zummo holds BA and MA degrees from Wesleyan University.

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