Zuckerman currently runs a studio based in Silverlake, Los Angeles, which specializes in film scoring and editing post-production on a range of projects from commercial tv/film to contemporary visual art. For inquiries visit:

The work archived on this page collects a range of selected projects as composer, director, film editor, actor and visual artist.


―   Ostrava Days Festival 2021

―   Hyle String Trio

―   Fissão – Ostrava Days Festival

―   Ismay: Guide To Ismay Vol.1

―   Aplauso: Os Olhos Escutam

―   Full-Contact Minimalism

―   Penny Film

―   Reading/Non-Reading

―   8 X 8 Composers/Choreographers

―   Bar Bar – Performance

―   Casa de Buonaguro-Foerster

―   Ontopo 2018

―   Magick City Residency

―   How I Pulled Myself Out Of Swamp

―   Capitalist Realism Surinomo

―   Good Samaritans-NYCP

―   Sister-Song Benefit Performance

―   Eyes_1

―   How About A Game

―   Cologne Of The Maghreb

―   Really

―   S.E.M. Ensemble, Emerging Concert

―   The Evening-NYCP

―   The Augur-Untitled Radio

―   Jiro, Digital Painting-Musical

―   Cordelia Film

―   The Harmers – LA

―   The Harmers – NYC

―   Icarus-Film

―   Milarepa Opera Benefit

―   The And Group

―   The Auger – David Lewis Gallery

―   End of The Night Café

―   Ariella Von – Film

―   Wolfe with an E

―   Phoebe Zeitgeist – 16mm Film

―   A Cool Breeze on the Back of the Neck

―   Ivan The Bloodburst -Cassette

―   Scores and Objects


David Louis Zuckerman is a composer, multi-media artist, writer and director. Before moving to Los Angeles, Zuckerman toured internationally with renowned American playwright Richard Maxwell’s theater company NYCP, and was a critic at Film Comment magazine writing about contemporary cinema. Zuckerman is an alumnus of the Skowhegan Residency, the Labyrinth Theater Ensemble and the S.E.M. Emerging Composers Workshop. He has made performance installations at David Lewis Gallery, JOAN Los Angeles, Anthology Film Archives, Kunstverein Cologne, Moma-New Director/New Films, The Dallas Museum of Art and others. He studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music and holds a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in Video Art and an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College. 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. Get in touch.

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Fissão – Ostrava Days Festival

Fissão: I-III
Premiere: August 31st, 2019
Ostrava Festival of New and Experimental Music

By: David Louis Zuckerman
Libretto: Tomás Cunha Ferreira
Conductor: Lilianna Krych
Soprano: Eva Marie Korena
Percussion: Chris Nappi
Guitar: Martin Škubal
Violin 1: Conrad Harris
Violin 2: Gergana Haralampieva
Viola: Juraj Madari
Cello: Andrej Gál

Fissão, translates as Fission in Portuguese. This music and selection of instruments emerged from my time living in Portugal this year. The piece takes up themes of energy and separation. I have also been influenced by the ‘fluid modernism’ of the architecture and street tiling in Lisbon. Oceanic metaphors lead to an emphasis on the horizontal Y axis off time and flow, as opposed to, a serialism where sounds emerge from an autonomous time-space between pitch onsets. From the first note, every other note is a chain reaction. Nothing is random. My colleague, the artist and poet Tomás Cunha Ferreira, has provided the text for the voice.

caminh ando ando segu indo indo continu ando ando par ando ando
songs are thoughts with are sung out with the breath when people let themselves be moved by a great force
caminh ando ando ca indo indo larg ando ando fic ando ando
no one knew whether it was a moment or a movement
caminh ando ando
indo indo chor ando ando and ando ando

If a line comes from the tip of your toes up to the air it goes straight out to space stretch your arms touch the sky see the line going up up up it will never come back you sent it out

algo algures ardendo me mistifica
me taca fogo
me toca
e afaga
a rosa
a gota
o fogo
a fundo
a rasa
a fenda
o sulco
que aqui
a palavra lavra lavra lavra lavra

quando eu era teu
o mundo era todo meu


For this suite of compositions Fission I-III, I wanted to find a term that best represented a causal chain of events, a kind of chemical reaction, like a stream of gasoline igniting in a hyper controlled setting. Polymer Chains, Chain Reactions, Fuses, Wicks, Reactors, Goldberg Machines.

These were the titles that I cycled through, finally landing on Fission and Causa, as the idea of pitch and vector as a form of energy separating and expanding along an event horizon. The image model is one of ‘determined combustion’ in the sense that each point on the chain has only one possible outcome -namely, the next point. One could describe this as a kind of structural dynamism and another way of articulating the preference for “action” and “event”, but not simply as random ‘hanging out’. Contiguous motion as opposed to the “space” we often here between pitch onsets in classical serialism.

This an attractive concept to me. I walk out in the street, bump into a friend, she introduces me to my future lover. One day the lover takes me to get a piercing in a tattoo shop. A year later someone sees the tattoo and says that the tattoo, by way of some strange image association, has just given them the answer to a problem they have been trying to solve for years etc. etc. So even with Fission, which is on one level about a kind of politics of division, I’m also trying to use this ‘destiny’ model to present some notion of ontological connectedness.