Ted Zook

Ted Zook

In Graduates, Virginia by jan_mfp

Ted ZookTed Zook (https://goo.gl/svtpQ) is based in Arlington, VA. In addition to performing as a soloist, Ted is co-founder of Heterodyne; the Lost Civilizations experimental music project; Chimiak & Zook; and Rosati and Zook.

Ted is primarily a nylon-string guitarist; however, in live performances he more commonly plays an NS Design Omni Bass (set up as a basscello) through digital signal processors. Ted was awarded Steinberger Artist status in 2016. At studio sessions, he also plays a variety of digitally-processed, non-traditional analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc.

An Avant Music News interview with Ted is posted at http://goo.gl/5LdYos; audio interviews are posted at https://goo.gl/2cbc10 and https://goo.gl/ZVvF4l.

Ted began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (the latter under the guidance of Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s under Sophocles Papas (classical)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophocles_Papas; http://comusco.com/sophocles_papas.en.html) and Frank Mullen (jazz)(http://goo.gl/6E3eir; http://goo.gl/niQTYd). From 1999 through 2012, he studied improvisation under David Darling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Darling_(musician);http://www.daviddarling.com/; http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608003038/David-Darling.html), a study which continues under the auspices of the Music for People organization (http://musicforpeople.org/wp/), which conferred him Honorary Graduate certification in 2011.

Ted has frequently performed in the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music (http://dc-soniccircuits.org/) and curates residences focusing on improvised music at various venues in the DC area.

Ted is fortunate beyond his ability to express in words for the opportunities that he has had to work with so many accomplished and kind musicians and artists, as well as for the support by audiences for the music that comes through him, thanks to the Muse!