Fall 2020

Zuckerman will be premiering a new composition entitled: Athens Trio, at HYLE Gallery, in Athens, Greece, September

Gardener Of The Apocalypse, the double-vinyl follow up album to ISMAY, Guide To Ismay Vol.1 will be released in October.

Check in with @gardener_of_the_apocalypse for showtimes and venue updates.


―   Fissão – Ostrava Days Festival

―   Casa de Buonaguro-Foerster

―   Ivan The Bloodburst -Cassette

―   Bar Bar – Performance

―   Icarus-Film

―   Capitalist Realism Surinomo

―   Ontopo 2018

―   End of The Night Café

―   The Auger – David Lewis Gallery

―   The And Group

―   Milarepa Opera Benefit

―   The Harmers – NYC

―   Really

―   Cologne Of The Maghreb

―   How About A Game

―   Eyes_1

―   Sister-Song Benefit Performance

―   Full-Contact Minimalism

―   Cordelia Film

―   Scores and Objects

―   A Cool Breeze on the Back of the Neck

―   Phoebe Zeitgeist – 16mm Film

―   Wolfe with an E

―   Ariella Von – Film

―   The Augur-Untitled Radio

―   Jiro, Digital Painting-Musical

―   The Harmers – LA

―   The Evening-NYCP

―   S.E.M. Ensemble, Emerging Concert

―   Good Samaritans-NYCP

―   How I Pulled Myself Out Of Swamp

―   8 X 8 Composers/Choreographers

―   Penny Film

―   Aplauso: Os Olhos Escutam

―   Magick City Residency

―   Reading/Non-Reading

―   Ismay: Guide To Ismay Vol.1


David Louis Zuckerman is a composer, visual artist and writer, working in the mediums of performance installation, new orchestral music and cinema. He is a company member of Richard Maxwell’s New York City Players and an alumnus of the Skowhegan Residency, the Labyrinth Theater Ensemble and the S.E.M. Emerging Composers Workshop. His work has been shown at Ciccio NY, On Stellar Rays, Untitled Miami, David Lewis Gallery, JOAN Los Angeles, Disjecta, Anthology Film Archives, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Kunstverein Cologne, Moma-New Director/New Films, Abron’s Art Center, 83 Pitt Street and others. He studied composition at Berklee College of Music and holds a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in Video and an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College. Zuckerman has contributed articles to Film Comment and Bomb magazines. A 2015 Rema Hort Mann Grant nominee; his work has been covered in Art in America, LA Weekly, Artforum, Cahiers du Cinema, Purple Magazine, Hyperallergic, The New York Times and Filthy Dreams.

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The Auger – David Lewis Gallery

Direction, Composition &
Libretto: David Zuckerman
Baritone Christophé Abiel
Soprano Jessica Ferri
Performance Installation
David Lewis Gallery February 23rd, 2014

In participation with Charles Mayton & David Lewis Gallery
on the occasion of C. Mayton’s show:
Score, Libretto & Video: David L Zuckerman
Interpretation and Stage Direction: Christophé Abiel
Soprano: Jessica Ferri
Set Design: Charles Mayton

This project was first catalyzed in opera director Peter Sellar’s ‘Art and Enlightenment’ class at UCLA in the fall of 2010. The term Anthropocene I first heard about from Internet posts by my friend Rory Rowan, a geophilosopher at the forefront of the concept. From the beginning the “mythos” of the word was already evident, with its signification of the end of nature, industrial-capitalism, climate-change and man’s fate etc. Anyone of these questions is dramatic enough, but that the Anthropocene also references a time scale of epic proportions (Pleistocene, Holocene, Anthropocene) made it even more apropos for a form considered well past its prime. What does well past its prime mean from the vantage point of geological time? Nature has always been a source of inspiration for composers. Schubert’s Winterreise, Messiaen’s Birdsongs: Holocene music. But Krzysztof Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima: Anthropocene music. However, The Augur is not violent like the Threnody. The fisherman Shofstall shows up ready to relax and enjoy his solitude, memories and beer. He drills through the ice with his machine, causes a rift and ends up crowned by a club-med sun goddess as he drowns in the frigid lake. Shofstall accepts his death, maybe even embraces it. The sun goddess turns into an emergency medical technician and finds in the frozen dead man’s wallet a picture of his wife and a receipt from Home Depot for the purchase of one diesel powered Auger. Welcome to the Anthropocene bitches.
– David Louis Zuckerman