Adam Zahller (b. 1988) is an American composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and improviser.
As a composer, his concert works have received premieres from Loadbang, Duo Gelland, Mark Robson, the 113 Collective, and the Eclipse Quartet, with upcoming premieres from TAK and Zeitgeist. He holds a B.M. in music composition from the Chapman Conservatory, where he studied under Jeffrey Holmes and Sean Heim, and an M.A. in music composition from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), where he studied under James Dillon.
As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and improviser, he performs in various groups based in the Twin Cities. Notable among these are the 113 Collective, Sister Species, GUITARband, Realtree, Debths, Lip Gym, and Michelle Kinney’s What We Have Here. He also appears as a soloist.
He has also been involved with music and sound design in art museums and galleries. In September 2016 he collaborated with Jay Kreimer on sound design for "There's Always an Apex Predator" (Tugboat gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska). In a gig he's especially proud of, he played an "Event" with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (Feb 2017). In the fall of 2017, he collaborated with Mohamud Moomin to make the sound design for "Sketches of Cedar Riverside" which was on view at the American Swedish Institute.
As an educator, he is currently mentor for the American Composers' Forum's NextNotes Lab (Twin Cities Chapter), and an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, teaching Theory of Rock and Pop Music. He has previously worked in many k-12 public and charter schools as a music instructor and paraeducator.