Jack Van Zandt

Jack Van Zandt

Jack Van Zandt (b. 1954, Honolulu) is a Los Angeles- and Ireland-based composer of music for concerts, public spaces, gallery installations, television, film, and advertising. He studied composition at Cambridge University with Alexander Goehr, the Dartington Summer School of Music with Peter Maxwell Davies, and the University of California Santa Barbara with Thea Musgrave and Peter Racine Fricker as well as electronic music with Emma Lou Diemer. He was Alexander Goehr’s teaching, personal, and musical assistant 1978-1984. He has composed more than 200 works. His concert music has been performed in the USA, Canada, and Europe, and his commercial music is regularly heard on broadcast, Internet, and cable TV. He has scored documentary and silent films, and his electronic music has been used for installations, multimedia presentations, TV, and meditation videos and workshops.

Van Zandt is also a writer, publisher, teacher, music education program designer, concert producer, and frequent university guest lecturer on various musical subjects. He serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composers Forum, of which he was president 2014-17, and was Visiting Artist at Cal Arts in 2017. He was a member of the Thea Musgrave International 90th Birthday Celebration Committee (2019), and traveled to various universities and other venues presenting live conversations with Thea Musgrave about her life and work and their friendship.

His concert music has recently been performed at Symphony Space, Barge Music, and Queen’s College in New York City; San Francisco Center for Contemporary Music; Orgelpark, Amsterdam; new music festivals in Krakow, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Montreal; Birmingham University, U.K.; Florida Toy Piano Festival; Wende Museum Music Series, Los Angeles; Hear Now Festivals in Los Angeles and Paris; UnSUNg Festival, Los Angeles; Pianospheres, L.A.; Boston Court, Pasadena; [email protected] Space Series, L.A.; People Inside Electronics, L.A.; Cal Arts; University of California at San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Riverside; California State University at Los Angeles, Fullerton, and San Bernardino; Cal Poly Pomona, California; Bridges and Drinkward halls, Claremont Colleges, California; Salmon Hall at Chapman University, Orange, California; and many other North American theaters, colleges, and universities.

Van Zandt’s orchestral score for a segment of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu was premiered live in 2018 with film projection at the Forest Lawn Crucifixion-Resurrection Hall in Glendale, California. His music composed for TV has appeared on broadcast, cable, and Internet networks all over the world, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, HBO, AMC, BBC, E Channel, Discovery, USA Network, Oxygen, Bravo, and Viceland; and in dozens of internationally popular shows including Bosch (Amazon), Desperate Housewives (ABC), Modern Family (NBC), and Weird Loners (Fox). He co-composed the score for a 2018 Canadian documentary on homeopathic medicines, Magic Pills.

Van Zandt has recently received concert music commissions from Copland House Foundation, New York; Grammy-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko, Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble; soprano Kirsten Wiest; cellist Maksim Velichkin; Celliola, L.A.; L.A. Harptette; bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood; soprano Stacey Fraser; Hear Now Music Festival; L.A. Music Theater Ensemble; and Villiers Quartet, U.K. His “Sí an Bhrú” for solo piano and electronics, recorded at Skywalker Ranch, appears on Nadia Shpachenko’s 2020 Grammy-nominated CD “The Poetry of Places.” He is presently writing a book with Alexander Goehr, “Composing a Life: Teachers, Mentors and Models,” to be published in late 2020.

Jack Van Zandt divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and West Cork, Ireland. The composer and his publishing company, Roaring Water Music, are BMI affiliates.

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