Zachary James Watkins
As a composer and founding member of experimental music ensemble Black Spirituals, Oakland-based Zachary Watkins crafts work in pursuit of psychedelic experience, where sonic and compositional focal points are self-guided by the listener and acoustic phenomenon is at the center of the narrative. Zachary has received commissions from Kronos Quartet, Cornish College of The Arts, The Microscores Project, the Beam Foundation, Somnubutone Radio Series free103point9.org, sfsound and the Seattle Chamber Players. Zachary releases music on the labels Sige, Cassauna, Confront (U.K.), The Tapeworm and Touch (U.K.). Novembre Magazine (Germany), ITCH (South Africa), Walrus Press and the New York Miniature Ensemble have published his writings and scores. Zachary has been an artist in residence at the Espy Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Web: www.zacharyjameswatkins.com.