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 and collaborated with amazing other musicians like Fleet Foxes, Samora Pinderhughes and Common, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Douglas, Nick Murphy, and many more.
Other bands I’ve recorded and toured with on various instruments: Half Waif, Hannah Epperson, Vieux Farka Toure. I’ve also recorded on albums by Daniel Rossen, My Brightest Diamond, Relatives, and more. I've performed at Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, MASS MOCA, and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, as well as two NPR Tiny Desk concerts.
I spend a lot of my 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 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've scored every type of podcast, from news show to documentary to rom-com teleplay.
I also make personal music. I've released three albums of songs under the name twig twig. I've also written and performed various bodies of work for synthesizers, field recordings, singing, brass instruments, and an array of talented musician and dancer friends.
I also work as an audio engineer, supporting all types of media projects with mixing, sound design, and other forms of collaboration. This work is done under the umbrella of my company Home Cone Audio. I own and operate a little recording studio in Sunset Park, BK called Studio 44, which serves as a home for much of my work and is also available for rental.
Teaching is very important to me. I’ve learned so many things and love to share them. I’ve led experimental sound workshops with Found Sound Nation at places like MIT and MASS MOCA. With The Westerlies I got to teach a wide range of students all around the country, notably at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and Yale. I also teach private lessons in music technology and composition.