Zachary Paul


Zachary Paul (b. 1995) is a Los Angeles-based violinist and composer interested in perception, the transportive nature of long durations, and trance states. His work explores the contrast between stasis and movement and questions the possibility of depicting both synchronously. In live performance, he builds lush soundscapes via improvisation, representing his immediate experience & the space being performed in. His work draws from a long lineage of artists exploring sustained tones within organic performance, including Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and La Monte Young. Zachary is represented by Touch Music and currently a participant in Touch's curated mentorship program.


Solo


The Mojave Desert Modular Experiment

  • Invited by Perfect Circuit to design & rent a modular rig, culminating in a taped performance in the desert. 1st July 2019.

Touch Presents...Live in California

  • Compilation album with Simon Scott and Geneva Skeen, released 28th June 2019.

A Meditation on Discord

  • Debut album for Touch, released 12th April 2019. Limited edition of 500.

Touch Radio 141: "Under The Skin"

  • Recorded live at PLUM, Stories Books and Café, Los Angeles, on Monday 16th July 2018.

Touch Presents... Live At Human Resources

  • 23rd February 2018 @ Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA; Curated by Mike Harding & Yann Novak

Poppy Nogood 

per(severance), Annie Lou

  • Live score (violin, guitar, electronics) for the premiere of Annie Lou's dance piece

Slice & Dice, The Lovelies

  • Featured musician for a series of collaborative improvisations with NY-based dance company



Collaborations & Sessions


Zachary Paul & Patrick Shiroishi - Longitude
Zachary Paul, Patrick Shiroishi, Derek Gaines, Jason Adams,
    Jasmin Blasco
- SKY-CHU
Zachary Paul & Dustin Wong - Why Did./? Yes, why did, why did?/.
    (live on Dublab)
Zachary Paul & Geneva Skeen - Long Wave (with  Mike Harding,
    live on Dublab)
Nadoyel - Tav
Nadoyel - Natalie
Nadoyel - Joker
drøne - The Stilling
Sean McCann - Simple Affections
Sean McCann - Music for Public Ensemble
Simon Scott - Soundings
Simon Scott - Grace
DSCORPR8S - h0w 2 dsc0rpr8 // pr3y 4 d34th
DSCORPR8S - Akashic Discrepancy
Cindy Jollotta - Honky Tonk Heroine
Cindy Jollotta - Leave Slow
Cindy Jollotta - Now You Can Wait
Dave Valdez - Music for Aquariums
Carlos Sprung - Caravela: Songs for Stories in
    Your Head
Lola Bates - I'm Gonna Lose You
Benjamin Louis Brody - Far Away Music
Tom Caufield - Deep Cuts From The Moral Wilderness
Death Cat - Dodo Bird/Dirt/Eyeball
Barry Kernachan - Passing
Chanel Beads - Male Friendship

Orchestral Experience



Sonic Open Orchestra | Los Angeles, CA

Intimate chamber orchestra dedicated to the performance of contemporary and avant-garde repertoire, Jason Martin Castillo conducting


String Orchestra of Brooklyn | New York, NY 

One of sixteen violinists for Brooklyn-based orchestra seeking to “democratize both production and reception of Concert music,” Eli Spindel conducting


Pomona College Orchestra | Claremont, CA

One of ten first violinists, Eric Lindholm conducting


Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute | Ely, MN

Annual summer festival of chamber music workshops, masterclasses, and performances. Sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and led by Artistic Director Young-Nam Kim.


Minnesota Youth Symphony | Saint Paul, MN

Violinist for Minnesota’s premier youth orchestra education program, Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra) conducting

Film Scoring


Gloria, dir. Stephan Baik

Long Distance, dir. Tanner Smith

A Person With Feelings, dir. Tanner Smith

Symbol of Affect, dir. Alex Banhazl

Running Breathless: A Self-Portrait,
      dir. Laurel Schwartz

Show Archive


LOS ANGELES, CA - March 26, 2020 @ my bedroom, livestream performing J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1
LONDON, UK - February 26, 2020 @ Iklectik, solo set w/ Carl Michael von Hauswolff & TEARS|OV
LONDON, UK - February 25, 2020 @ Cafe Oto, solo set w/ UnicaZürn, Bill Thompson & Howlround
BRUSSELS, BE - February 22, 2020 @ AB Salon, solo set w/ Jana Winderen
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 7, 2020 @ Kinship Studio, solo set for "Yoga in Concert"
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 24, 2019 @ Occidental College w/ Alex Twomey
LOS ANGELES, CA  - November 15, 2019 @ Hotel Cafe w/ Tar & Flowers
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 11, 2019 @ The Echo, solo
TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA - November 2-3, 2019 @ Perpetual Dune Festival, solo, w/ Nadoyel, w/ Tar & Flowers & w/ Dave Valdez
CLAREMONT, CA - November 1, 2019 @ Pomona College, performing Steve Reich's "Double Sextet" and Louis Andriessen's "Worker's Union"
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 25, 2019 @ Non Plus Ultra w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 16, 2019 @ The Satellite w/ Nadoyel
LAKE PERRIS, CA - October 13, 2019 @ Desert Daze, solo set
LAKE PERRIS, CA - October 12, 2019 @ Desert Daze w/ The Eternal Chord
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 9, 2019 @ Substrate Gallery w/ Dave Valdez & Ellie Pritts
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 3, 2019 @ The Hi-Hat w/ Ember & His Orchestra
LOS ANGELES, CA - September 14, 2019 @ Bootleg Theatre w/ Cindy Jollotta
LOS ANGELES, CA  - August 27, 2019 @ Coaxial w/ Nadoyel
BROOKLYN, NY - August 24, 2019 @ Flowers for All Occassions, solo set
BROOKLYN, NY - August 23, 2019 @ Littleneck Outpost for "Wonders of Nature," solo set
BROOKLYN, NY - August 22, 2019 @ Areté Venue & Gallery, solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 17, 2019 @ Non Plus Ultra, solo set for "Perpetual Dawn 4 Year Anniversary"
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 12, 2019 @ Zebulon, solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 11, 2019 (9PM) @ Chewing Foil w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 11, 2019 (5PM) @ The Echo for "Grand Ole Echo" w/ Tar and Flowers
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 10, 2019 @ Civic Center Studios w/ Sonic Open Orchestra, performing "The Sinking of the Titanic" by Gavin Bryars as soloist with orchestra
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 31, 2019 @ Perfect Circuit, solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 30, 2019 @ Highland Park Bowl w/ Tar and Flowers
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 25, 2019 @ Coaxial for "Athame #8" w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 23, 2019 @ Baert Gallery w/ Macbeth Pro
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 21, 2019 @ Coaxial, solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 14, 2019 @ Cinema Bar w/ Tar and Flowers
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 6, 2019 @ Civic Center Studios w/ Sonic Open Orchestra
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 5, 2019 @ Junior High w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 29, 2019 @ Coaxial w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 27, 2019 @ Hlighland Park Bowl w/ Jerkagram
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 26, 2019 @ Coaxial, collective improvisation with Derek Gaines, Brent Gaines, Kathleen Kim, Patrick Shiroishi, & Rob McGill
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 26, 2019 @ Zebulon, solo set opening for Rain Phoenix
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 22, 2019 @
Coaxial, solo set for "Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud" Fest
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 21, 2019 @ Stone Age House w/ Nadoyel & Chanel Beads
SANTA MONICA, CA - June 20, 2019 @ "Rohit Records" w/ Dave Valdez
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 19, 2019 @ All-Star Lanes w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 15, 2019 @ The Smell w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 9, 2019 @ Little Joy for "Triptronics," solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 7, 2019 @ The Lexington Bar w/ Nadoyel
SAN PEDRO, CA - June 1, 2019 @ Angels Gate Cultural Center for Sound Pedro, 4-hour durational butoh performance
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 31, 2019 @ Three Clubs w/ Cindy Jollotta
LONG BEACH, CA - May 26, 2019 @ Que Sera w/ Telomirror
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 25, 2019 @ Sun Space w/ Nadoyel
OAKLAND, CA - May 16, 2019 @ Land and Sea, solo set for "Touch Presents" with Simon Scott & Geneva Skeen
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 15, 2019 @ The Battery, solo set for "Touch Presents" with Simon Scott & Geneva Skeen
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 14, 2019 @ Zebulon, solo set for "Touch Presents" with Carl Stone, Kid606 & Geneva Skeen
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 19, 2019 @ (the) Handbag Factory 8 Year Anniversary, solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 14, 2019 @ Ham & Eggs Tavern for "Late Breakfast," solo set
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 6, 2019 @ Church of Fun w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 5, 2019 @ The Smell w/ Jerkagram
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 4, 2019 @ Chewing Foil for "Athame #6" w/ Jake Falby
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 4, 2019 @ Dublab, featured guest on Dustin Wong's "Why Did./? Yes, why did, why did?/"
JOSHUA TREE, CA - March 31, 2019 @ Joshua Tree Zine Fest w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 28, 2019 @ Stories Cafe for "Plum," collaborative set with Patrick Shiroishi & The 2vvo
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 19, 2019 @ Sun Space w/ Nadoyel
SAN PEDRO, CA - March 16, 2019 @ Angels Gate Cultural Center, solo set for Other Places Art Fair (hosted by The Vast Lab)
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 11, 2019 @ Lot 1 w/ Telomirror
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 8, 2019 @ The Satellite w/ Jerkagram
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 25, 2019 @ The Love Song Bar w/ Sophia Pfister
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 23, 2019 @ Vertexx for "Athame #5" w/ Simon Scott
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 16, 2019 @ The Broadwater Main Stage w/ Danielle Taylor
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 8, 2019 @ Stone Age House w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 5, 2019 @ The Hi-Hat w/ Sophia Pfister
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 25, 2019 @ "Old Zoo" Griffith Park w/ Death Cat
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 14, 2019 @ Coaxial for "Athame #4" w/ DivineBrick & Julia Hays (live butoh)
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 11, 2019 @ Church of Fun w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - December 15, 2018 @ Civic Center Studios w/ Sonic Open Orchestra
LOS ANGELES, CA - December 9, 2018 @ Lincoln Park w/ The Harupin-Ha Dance Theater (live butoh)
LOS ANGELES, CA - December 6, 2018 @ Coaxial, solo set for "Touch presents..." with Kid606, Geneva Skeen, Byron Westbrook, Jasmin Blasco, and Franz Kirmann
SANTA BARBARA, CA - November 30, 2018 @ Warbler Records
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 28, 2018 @ Coaxial w/ Jerkagram
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 25, 2018 @ The Smell w/ Jerkagram
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 19, 2018 @ Stories Books & Cafe for "Plum," live scoring of "Bodysong" with Salma Zenia, George Jensen, and Spencer Salazar
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 17-18, 2018 @ Human Resources for "Perpetual Drone," collaborative set with Mike Harding
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 9, 2018 @ Rec Center for "Athame #3" w/ Nadoyel
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 7, 2018 @ The Carnegie Observatories, solo set for "2018 Fulcrum Arts Annual Benefit honoring William Basinski & LIGO"
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 6, 2018 @ Rec Center, solo
LAKE PERRIS, CA - October 14, 2018 @ Desert Daze w/ Simon Scott
LAKE PERRIS, CA - October 14, 2018 @ Desert Daze w/ Mark Van Hoen
LAKE PERRIS, CA - October 12, 2018 @ Desert Daze, solo
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 6, 2018 @ "1: Ascent," solo
LOS ANGELES, CA - September 30, 2018 @ Five Star Bar w/ Jerkagram
LOS ANGELES, CA - September 15, 2018 @ Zebulon w/ Sean McCann
LOS ANGELES, CA - September 14, 2018 @ Coaxial w/ Le Reve Lucide
LOS ANGELES, CA - September 1, 2018 @ "Studio City Sound Live" w/ Sophia Pfister & solo
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 27, 2018 @ The Troubadour w/ Sophia Pfister
WHITTIER, CA - August 25, 2018 @ "NO FEST" w/ Le Reve Lucide
LOS ANGELES, CA  - August 19, 2018 @ Stories Books & Cafe for "Echo Park Rising"
ASHLAND, OR - August 8, 2018 @ The Wild Goose w/ Sophia Pfister
ASHLAND, OR - August 7, 2018 @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival w/ Sophia Pfister
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 4, 2018 @ Coaxial, solo set for "Touch presents..." with Mark Van Hoen, Geneva Skeen, and rough music
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 27, 2018 @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for "Sleepless," collaborative performance with Jasmin Blasco
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 16, 2018 @ Stories Books & Cafe for "Plum," live scoring of "Under the Skin"
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 15, 2018 @ Little Joy for "Triptronics #19"
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 11, 2018 @ Rec Center for "Athame #1" w/ Le Reve Lucide
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 29, 2018 @ Leroy's
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 23, 2018 @ The Hotel Cafe w/ Cindy Jollotta
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 10, 2018 @ Ham & Eggs Tavern for "Late Breakfast"
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 26, 2018 @ Rec Center w/ DSCORPR8S
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 5, 2018 @ California Institute of Abnormal Arts w/ DSCORPR8S
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 3, 2018 @ 106 Studio for "Roughage #3," collaborative set with Jason Adams
WHITTIER, CA  - April 21, 2018 @ The Studio for "Dreamscape #3"
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 15, 2018 @ Wilding Cran Gallery for "SKY-CHU," collaborative set with Patrick Shiroishi, Jason Adams, and Derek Gaines
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 13, 2018 @ Dublab for "Long Wave," collaborative set with Geneva Skeen
LOS ANGELES, CA  - March 25, 2018 @ 106 Studio for "Roughage #2," collaborative set with Patrick Shiroishi
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 14, 2018 @ Hyperion Tavern w/ Derek Gaines & Martin Escalante
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 10, 2018 @ Bridgetown DIY
LOS ANGELES, CA - March 8, 2018 @ Coaxial w/ DSCORPR8S
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 23, 2018 @ Human Resources, solo set for "Touch presents..." with Yann Novak, Robert Crouch, Byron Westbrook, Garek Druss, Geneva Skeen, Jake Muir, and Jasmin Blasco
LOS ANGELES, CA - February 8, 2018 @ The Last Bookstore w/ Tom Caufield
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 19, 2018 @ 106 Studio w/ Sean McCann
LOS ANGELES, CA - December 15, 2017 @ Union House
NEW YORK, NY - August 5, 2017 @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church w/ String Orchestra of Brooklyn
NEW YORK, NY - July 30, 2017 @ Flowers for all Occassions
NEW YORK, NY - July 6, 2017 @ Rebecca's Bar
NEW YORK, NY - July 2, 2017 @ Muchmore's for "Monthly Modular Series"
NEW YORK, NY - June 1, 2017 @ Rebecca's Bar
NEW YORK, NY  - May 20, 2017 @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church w/ String Orchestra of Brooklyn
NEW YORK, NY - March 24, 2017 @ The Living Gallery BK w/ Theodore Baer
NEW YORK, NY - February 19, 2017 @ Joffrey Ballet School for "Slice & Dice" w/ Benjamin Louis Brody and The Lovelies
NEW YORK, NY - February 4, 2017 @ Good Sheperd-Faith Presbyterian Church w/ String Orchestra of Brooklyn
NEW YORK, NY - December 10, 2016 @ Joffrey Ballet School for "Slice & Dice" w/ The Lovelies
NEW YORK, NY - December 8, 2016 @ The Silent Barn w/ Theodore Baer
NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2016 @ 603^ w/ Theodore Baer
NEW YORK, NY - October 17, 2016 @ Don Pedro's
NEW YORK, NY - September 20, 2016 @ Don Pedro's
NEW YORK, NY - August 17, 2016 @ Park Church Co-Op

Press


“The universe holds all of the sound that has ever existed. Vibrations crawling through time and space bumping into other vibrations and objects creating harmony and discord. Moving out amongst the crushing roar of young stars and the delicate whispers of the dust of dead ones until all that is, is done. Those are the thoughts that entered during composer Zachary Paul’s opening piece for Crook at The Echo this past Monday.“ - Grimy Goods

“For Touch, Zachary Paul proves one human being alone on stage with a violin can still conjure up a whole world” - The Quietus

“Paul’s debut is a powerful piece of drone, worthy of those who have seen music as a field of experience. It will hopefully change and challenge your perception, but only if you listen to it at full volume, allowing you to see it completely.” - A Closer Listen

"...unquestionably the Niccolò Paginini of loop architecture." - Brainwashed

"In three durational parts ‘A Meditation On Discord’ introduces a promising and timeless new musical voice, showcasing an expressive range and style porous to nature and the elements." - Boomkat

"This album clearly shows Zachary Paul as an important new member of the Touch roster. He’s an improviser whose sensitivity to both his chosen instrument and his immediate surroundings combine to deliver music that is transportive and transcendent." - Toneshift

"The impact of the material when listened to at peak volume is stunning, as well as a little bit disorienting—the kind of staggering creation that can leave a performer wondering if such a moment can ever be duplicated." - Textura