Jeff Zahos

Jeff Zahos works with music, sound, and movement with the body as the point of genesis. He has been in various roles as an artist in dance; musician, sound designer, composer, and dancer, in Illinois, California, and New York. His frequent collaborators have included Sara Hook, Tamin Totzke, Grant Bowen, Alana Parekh, and Johanna Meyer.  His sound design for Meyer’s piece presented at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center in September 2015 was his New York sound design debut. Currently, he serves as Music Director in the Department of Dance at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to that appointment, Zahos was on the music faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where he taught music technology, audio production, and sound design, and served as audio director for the Doudna Fine Arts Center. For five years, Jeff was a dance musician in the Department of Dance at the Universty of Illinoiis and at several American College Dance Association (formerly American College Dance Festival Association) conferences. Additionally, he was recording engineer for the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO for two seasons. Jeff holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Sound Design and Technology from the University of Illinois, where his primary mentors included John Toenjes, Jon Schoenoff, Kirstie Simson, Jennifer Monson, and Mark Rubel.