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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Peter Zummo (b. 1948) is an American composer and musician. He plays the trombone, valve trombone, euphonium, synthesizer, other electronic instruments, and also sings. His music is associated with the postminimalist and Downtown aesthetics.

He holds a B.A. degree (with honors) (1970) and an M.A. degree in music (1975), both from Wesleyan University. He has studied with Carmine Caruso, Roswell Rudd, Stuart Dempster, James Fulkerson, Dick Griffin, Makanda Ken McIntyre, and Sam Rivers.

In his playing, Zummo frequently uses the circular breathing technique, which allows him to extend drones for a long period of time. He is a core member of New York City's DownTown Ensemble and has performed and/or recorded with Daniel Goode, Arthur Russell, and Guy Klucevsek.



Selected works:


  • Lateral Pass (CD from Foom Music), 2014
  • Zummo with an X (LP from Optimo), 2012
  • Zummo with an X (CD), 2006
  • Fast Dream on The Downtown Ensemble’s Downtown Only, 2002
  • Slybersonic Tromosome, with Tom Hamilton, 2000
  • Experimenting with Household Chemicals (CD), 1995
  • Zummo with an X (LP), 1985
  • Travelers Through Days and Days on Sunship’s Into the Sun, 1974
  • (the) Who Stole the Polka? on Guy Klucevsek’s Ain’t Nothin’ But A Polka Band, 1991; and on Polka From The Fringe, 2012


  • Arthur Russell’s Arthur’s Landing, 2010
  • Arthur Russell’s World Of Echo (CD + DVD), 2005
  • Arthur Russell’s World Of Echo (LP), 2005
  • Yvette Perez’s H*E*R, 2002
  • Arthur Russell’s Disco Not Disco (CD), 2000
  • Arthur Russell’s Tree House/School Bell, 1986


  • Red Hot Organization’s Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, 2014
  • Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra, Sonic Mandala, 2013
  • Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra, Can You Imagine…The Sound of a Dream, 2011
  • Steve Swell/The Nation of We’s The Business of Here, 2012
  • Heroes of Toolik’s Winter Moon, 2012
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ I Wake Up Screaming, 2010
  • Arthur Russell’s First Thought Best Thought, 2006
  • Lise Vachon’s Vocalise, 2006
  • David Behrman’s My Dear Siegfried, 2005
  • Guy De Bievre’s Bending the Tonic (twice), 2005
  • Arthur Russell’s Calling Out Of Context, 2004
  • Yvette Perez’s I Fly, 2004
  • The Feetwarmers’ Centrifugal Swing, 2000
  • Tom Hamilton’s Off-Hour Wait State, 1996
  • Arthur Russell’s Another Thought, 1994
  • Annea Lockwood’s Thousand Year Dreaming, 1993
  • Nicolas Collins’s 100 of the World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, 1989
  • Peter Gordon’s Brooklyn, 1987
  • Peter Gordon’s Innocent, 1986
  • Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, 1984
  • The Lounge Lizards’s Live From the Drunken Boat, 1983
  • Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L’s 24–24 Music, 1981
  • The Necessaries’ Big Sky, 1981
  • Love of Life Orchestra’s Star Jaws, 1977

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