I'm a writer/keyboardist/recordist from New Hampshire. I used to live in Brattleboro, Vermont and now I live in Brooklyn, New York. I do civil rights legal work as a dayjob, and I teach piano/harmony privately upon request.
since 2008, I've written, recorded and published about 20 albums of solo music under my own name/pseudonyms, about 10 albums in collaboration with Sarah Smith as Blanche Blanche Blanche, two with Chris Weisman as Better Psychics, and two with Martyr Group. I've also worked on many others as an instrumentalist (Maher Shalal Hash Baz, the Hartley C. White Project, Jib Kidder), recordist (Ruth Garbus, Marlon Cherry, Hellier Ulysses, the Eyes of Love), and lyricist (Chris Cohen, Stephe Cooper).
I currently play in the groups Blanche Blanche Blanche, Lilith Outcome, Alice Cohen & the Channel 14 Weather Team, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, and Fievel Is Glauque.
you're invited to contact me at 603 three-eight-one 6721 or at zphillips at gmail dot com.
OSR was a not-for-profit record label I ran from 2007 to 2017. trafficking mostly in sub rosa, arcane songwriterly music of culturally unintelligible & often uncertain representational politics, we managed more than 100 releases over the years, many of them recorded in-house. the name OSR originally meant nothing; later it was backronymed to mean "open session rock." OSR took its motto from an apparently misremembered Robert Desnos line: "like water slapping a hulk."
OSR is no longer a record label but remains a production umbrella for my work in music, video, text, et cetera. I ended the label when it finally broke financially even and I found my disposition had changed: I was no longer able to gloss my discomfort with participating, even via negative relation, in the public games concerning artistic works that are part and parcel to running a label, and I no longer felt so motivated to organize, document and represent my relations with other artists via any particular institution. I also believe in living multiple lives.
coming up:Tue Oct 23 '18 Alice Cohen & the Channel 14 Weather Team at Baby's All Right, Brooklyn NY w/ Girlpool, True Blue Wed Nov 14 '18 Alice Cohen & the Channel 14 Weather Team at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Straw Pipes Sun Dec 2 '18 Western Mass TBA Wed Dec 5 '18 Philadelphia TBA Thu Dec 6 '18 Brooklyn TBA
in the past:Thu Oct 11 '18 Lilith Outcome at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Adron, the Lentils Sat Oct 6 '18 Alice Cohen & the Channel 14 Weather Team at the Park Church Coop, Brooklyn NY Thu Oct 11 '18 Lilith Outcome at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Adron, the Lentils 9/14/18 Alice Cohen & the Channel 14 Weather Team at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Breathers, S the Supplicant, Water From Your Eyes 8/27/18 Fievel is Glauque at CHAFF, Marolles, Brussels BE w/ Zoulou Choco 8/24/18 Fievel is Glauque at Jester, Porte de Hal, Brussels BE w/ Lopenstraat 8/12/18 ZP, Saiko, Adriel & Nina at Internet Explorer, Berlin DE w/ Brabrabra 7/11-14/18 music direction for the Opera is Always on the Table by Hanna Novak at New Ohio Theater, NY NY alongside Ko Takasugi-Czernowin, Sebastian Lowe, Billy McShane, Sarah Smith & Austin Vaughn 6/22/18 Alice Cohen & the Channel 14 Weather Team at the Windjammer, Queens NY w/ Sugarlife, S the Supplicant, Poncili Creacion
6/9/18 Zach Phillips in Putney VT w/ Omeed Goodarzi, Hannah Brookman
6/7/18 Zach Phillips at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Calvin Grad, Wendy Eisenberg, Nick Bisceglia
6/5/18 Poncili Creacion at H0l0, Brooklyn NY w/ Straw Pipes 6/3/18 Poncili Creacion at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ a million bands, 2 year anniv. 5/28/18 Lilith Outcome at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Lauri McNamara, Matt Norman, HFSB 5/11/18 Zach Phillips at Amphora, Brooklyn NY w/ Andrea Schiavelli, art by Bird/Barber/Graman/Ahn/et cetera 4/11/18 Lilith Outcome at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Stephe Cooper, Samuel Boat 3/24/18 Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Les Ateliers Claus, Schaarbeek, Brussels BE 3/23/18 Maher Shalal Hash Baz at de Koer, Ghent BE w/ Ameel Brecht 3/22/18 Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Extrapool, Nijmegen NL w/ Eric Arn 3/21/18 Zach Phillips + Maher Shalal Hash Baz at OCCII, Amsterdam NL w/ le Ton Mite 3/20/18 Zach Phillips + Maher Shalal Hash Baz at WORM, Rotterdam NL w/ le Ton Mite 3/19/18 Zach Phillips feat. Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Rumsteek, Anderlecht, Brussels BE w/ Loto Retina & frere tuck 3/17/18 Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Nuit Sonic Protest, Paris FR 3/16/18 Maher Shalal Hash Baz at King Georg, Koln DE w/ the Pastels DJing 3/15/18 Maher Shalal Hash Baz at McCloud's in Schaarbeek, Brussels BE 3/3/18 the Zoo Club aka Saxifrage aka Mitchondrial Eve [ZP big band] at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Wendy Eisenberg, Lina Tullgren & Ryan Power 2/8/18 the Zoo Club aka Saxifrage aka Mitchondrial Eve [ZP big band] at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Kolb, Erica Eso, Leya 12/18/17 Zach Phillips/Steven Zultanski at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Bromp Treb, Blue Jazz TV, Marlon Cherry/Ai Isshiki 10/29/17 Zach Phillips + Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Shuyukan, Shiga JP 10/27/17 Zach Phillips + Tori Kudo at Yugue, Kyoto JP w/ Michie 10/25/17 Zach Phillips at Wanitosai, Matsuyama JP w/ Matsuyamaher 10/24/17 Zach Phillips at Songs, Gifu JP w/ Yushoku 10/21/17 Zach Phillips at Kai, Yamanashi JP w/ Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Fumiko Gomi 10/20/17 Zach Phillips at Hikari No Uma, Okubo, Tokyo JP w/ Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Pan, Sekifu 10/19/17 Zach Phillips at Harness, Asagaya, Tokyo w/ Tori Kudo, Pan, Sekifu 10/18/17 Zach Phillips at Kobundo, Kanuma, Tochigi w/ Pan, Sekifu, Shizuka 10/5/17 Zach Phillips/Steven Zultanski at the Bohemian Grove, Brooklyn NY w/ Universal Cell Unlock, Bernard Herman, id m theft able 9/21/17Zach Phillips at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Climax Landers, Human People, Pallas 9/18/17Zach Phillips at Corn's Tower, Philadelphia PA w/ Palas, Data, Ada Babar 9/16/17Zach Phillips at Radio Bean, Burlington VT w/ Joey Agresta 9/14/17 Zach Phillips at la Sala Rossa for POP Montreal, Canada w/ Bernice, Mich Cota, the Painters et cetera 9/2/17 Zach Phillips at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Eyes of Love, the Cradle, SSS, Dog 8/27/17 Zach Phillips at Magick City w/ Dan Melchior, Pi Power Trio, Kate Mohanty 8/19/17 Zach Phillips at Lawton Grange w/ Omeed Goodarzi, Lauri McNamara, Calvin Grad, Billy McShane & Alexis Graman 8/6/17 Zach Phillips in a south Atlanta train tunnel, GA w/ Adron, Mick Mayer, Jamison Murphy, Sherrill 3 7/6/17 Zach Phillips at June, Brooklyn NY w/ Ed Askew, Calvin LeCompte 6/27/17 Zach Phillips at Rubulad, Brooklyn NY w/ Skyn Twynz, Leya, Jazz Massagers 6/23/17 Pet Splice (ZP + Jake Tobin) at the Glove, Brooklyn NY w/ Macula Dog, W. Austin CLay, Larry Wish, Skyn Twynz 6/21/17 Zach Phillips/Larry McDonald/Jake Tobin at McCarren Pool, Brooklyn NY w/ Kate Mohanty, Calvin Grad, Ryan Power 6/11/17 Zach Phillips at Threes Brewing, Brooklyn NY w/ Tredici Bacci, Ryan Power, Ed Askew, Ruth Garbus 6/8/17 Zach Phillips at Bottom Bell Haus w/ Joanna Sternberg, Frank Hurricane, the Cradle, NY Review of Cocksucking et cetera 3/24/17 Zach Phillips at Bottom Bell Haus, Brooklyn NY w/ Eyes of Love, Salt People 11/11/16 Blanche Blanche Blanche at Park Church Co-Op, Brooklyn NY w/ Chris Weisman, Kurt Weisman, Ruth Garbus & so on & on & on & so on & on...
--     Blanche Blanche Blanche "Breaking Mirrors" LP , Wharf Cat , NYC (with S. Smith , J. Miller-Gamble , Q. Moore , A. Steck , C. White)
--     Big French "Downtown Runnin" LP , Wharf Cat , NYC (inst. only)
--     Zach Phillips "Recorded in Heaven" cassette , Lillerne , Chicago
--     David van Tieghem x Ten "Fits & Starts" LP , RVNG Intl , NYC (fragment with S. Smith , J. Agresta , F. Carr)
--     the Marshfield Set "the Marshfield Set" YouTube , OSR , Brattleboro
--     Better Psychics "What is Rule" cassette , OSR , Brattleboro (with C. Weisman)
--     Blanche Blanche Blanche "Wooden Ball" LP , NNA , Burlington
--     Blanche Blanche Blanche & the Birds of Paradise "Scam/Press Dumps" 7" , Adagio830 , Berlin (with S. Smith , G. Brooks , C. Weisman)
--     Blanche Blanche Blanche "Songs of Blanche Blanche Blanche" cassette , Night People , Iowa City (with S. Smith)
--     Jordan Piper Philips "Glades" cassette , Feeding Tube , MA
--     Bruce Hart "Music for Drawing" cassette , Not Not Fun , Los Angeles
--     Blanche Blanche Blanche "Talk Out Loud" 7" , Feeding Tube , MA (with S. Smith)