Jeffrey Zeigler is one of the most versatile cellists of our time. Known for his independent streak, he has commissioned dozens of works, and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. Described as “fiery,” and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone” by The New York Times, he has given many notable premieres including works by John Adams, Damon Albarn, Derek Charke, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, John King, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and John Zorn to name a few. His collaborations include Andy Akiho, Laurie Anderson, Nora Chipaumire, Helga Davis, Philip Glass, Hauschka, Magos Herrera, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, David Krakauer, Hafez Modirzadeh, Kimmo Pohjonen, Gyan Riley, Netsayi and Black Pressure and Tom Waits.
In Fall 2014, Zeigler released his first solo album, Something of Life. A collaborative release with Innova Records and VisionIntoArt Records, the album features world premiere recordings of works by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche, Felipe Perez Santiago, Paola Prestini, Gity Razaz and John Zorn.
He is currently appearing as a duo with drummer Glenn Kotche. The duo most recently performed at MassMoCA in the Solid Sound Festival and is featured on the The Colorado, a musical environmental documentary with Roomful of Teeth. The work will be premiered at Houston’s Da Camera followed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in Spring 2016. The work will be released on VIA Records. Additionally, he is touring in HKZ, a group that creates ecstatic electronic improvisatory soundscapes, comprised of Hauschka (Volker Bertlemann), Samuli Kosminen, and Zeigler.
Other upcoming highlights include a curatorial position at National Sawdust and a number of newly commissioned works by Doug Cuomo, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry and Jim Thirlwell.