Holiday Lesson Sale: Save $80 on a bundle of 4!!

Dec 14, 2017Uncategorized0 Comments

  ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Greetings everyone and happy holidays!   This season, give the gift of music.  I’m offering a bundle of 4 lessons for $160 to all new students!  That’s $40/hour.  $20 off my regular price!  Available from anywhere in the world via *SKYPE* or in person if you live in the Portland, OR area.   

My latest piece is live on Elephant Journal!

May 08, 2017Uncategorized0 Comments

Please comment and **SHARE** this link at will.  I’d love for this one to make the rounds!  Thank you for your support. 60 days of Yoga, My First Vipassana & Quitting Social Media.

Zak to Collaborate with Tempos Contemporary Circus! May 5-7

Apr 24, 2017Uncategorized0 Comments

I’m proud and honored to be performing and composing new pieces with Portland’s Tempos Contemporary Circus for three shows at The Echo Theater May 5-7 along with Sean Daly on upright bass.  The project is exciting new territory for me as the music is a playful dialogue with a group of acrobats combining a dynamic

Zak Featured in Music Video

Sep 13, 2016Uncategorized0 Comments

Proud to be a part of this exquisitely-shot music video from Kathryn Claire.  It was shot at Cannon Beach, Oregon.  It’s a medley of Kat’s tune Friday Fugue and a slow traditional Irish reel The Maids of Michellstown.  Features Allen Hunter (EELS) on the bass.  Alan and I appear as “actors” as well.  Beckoning sea

In a Practice Rut? Drop it. Go Dancing.

Sep 30, 2015Uncategorized0 Comments

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten bloggy or updated the site at all.  To be honest, it’s also been a few months since I’ve been in serious practice mode.  The gig schedule has been light as well.  And for the first time, I couldn’t be happier about it.  What gives?  To tell the

8 Ways To Get More From Your Practice Time

Oct 09, 2014Uncategorized0 Comments

 1. Always Warm up First I strongly believe that the crucial moment in your practice time is in the very first few minutes: the transition from the everyday slog.  Make it count.  Take a deep breath.  Begin slowly with a few easy, left and right hand exercises. The only goal here is to get your

New Free Video Tutorials!

Sep 26, 2014Uncategorized0 Comments

Hey Folks!  I’m proud to announce my new YOUTUBE channel.  Click on the link below, browse around and subscribe!  I’ll be adding a new video every week through the end of this year.  In the tutorials, I’ll explore a host of topics including chord theory, rhythms, improvisation and songwriting.  Down the line, I’m hoping to

The Force of May

Jun 12, 2014Uncategorized0 Comments

Finally back at my own desk in Portland, OR, I’m trying to get my head around my strange and beautiful month of May.  From a prolific, restless and cabin-bound time at my first artist residency, to playing main stage at the sold-out SASQUATCH! Festival, I’m still reeling.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to

My Residency: A Case for Chasing Sandpipers

May 14, 2014Uncategorized0 Comments

So it’s not happening the way I expected.  I did have a nagging suspicion I’d run into some tricky old business out here.  It’s Oysterville after all.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s stunningly beautiful here.  But the town is eerily quaint.  As in, Stephen King quaint.  Where is everybody?  It’s the kind of

11 favorite quotes: songwriting

Apr 27, 2014Uncategorized0 Comments

As I embark on a month-long composition and songwriting residency, I’m looking for a few sparks and reminders.  I must say, I’m not a huge fan of top ten lists.  The whole trend just seems like a way to nibble quick appetizers and put off the main course.  But here are a few gems from

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