I’m Zubin. I record, compose, and perform.
I played trumpet for many years and co-founded a creative chamber music ensemble called The Westerlies, which I no longer play with. We made a few albums that I’m really proud of and we collaborated with amazing other musicians like Fleet Foxes, Samora Pinderhughes and Common, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Douglas, and many more.
Other bands I’ve recorded and toured with on various instruments: Half Waif, Hannah Epperson, Vieux Farka Toure, Julia Easterlin. I’ve also recorded on albums by Daniel Rossen, My Brightest Diamond, Relatives, Pema.
I spend a lot of time helping people make albums. I move between recording, mixing, producing, playing instruments, programming, and anything else that needs to be done. I’ve worked with the bands mentioned above and a lovely assortment of others. My production work has gotten some friendly reviews like ‘best new track’ from pitchfork, ‘best debut album’ from NPR, ‘bravely original’ from The Guardian, and ‘it just sounds really cool’ from Stereogum.
Making original music for film, podcast, and dance is a big part of my life. I’ve written scores for films released by The New Yorker, Univision, Pivot, PBS, Google, and many film festivals. My dance music has been heard at Jacob’s Pillow and Gibney Dance.
I also make personal music. I have released three albums under the name ‘twig twig’ which I poured a lot of my guts in to. I’m currently working on a fourth twig release and a new body of work for synthesizers, field recordings, and singing.
Teaching is very important to me. I’ve learned so many things and love to share them. I’ve co-led experimental sound workshops with Found Sound Nation at places like MIT and MASS MOCA. With The Westerlies I did a ton of teaching around the country, notably at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and Yale. I also teach private lessons in production and musicianship.