The guitar, bass, and the sitar are the tools that multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, teacher and producer Zach Ferrara have in his arsenal. Not missing much of what the world has to offer musically, he listens to, studies, and ultimately incorporates into his own music a vast variety of genres, ideas, and sounds. Jazz, classical, rock, funk and eastern music have all found their way into his playing and composing.
In March of 2014, New York based Ferrara released his first album as a leader, “Octet”. The album showcases his abilities as a jazz bassist, composer, and producer. Zach's original tunes, ranging in style from blues, to hard bop and modal jazz, utilize a three piece horn section and a piano, guitar, percussion and drum set rhythm section. He currently is in the tracking and mixing stage for his next album release, which will feature him on guitar, bass, sitar and mandolin.
He has performed regularly at countless venues, restaurants, and clubs. Some of his favorite performances have been at: The Egg, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Proctor’s Theater, Woodstock Playhouse, Massry Center for The Arts, Franklin Terrace Ballroom, Charlie Wood Theater, Upstate Concert Hall, The Garlic Festival, Justin’s, 677 Prime, 9 Maple Ave, Joshua’s (NY), CasinoRama in Ontario, Canada, Broadway Theater (NJ) and the Downtown Cabaret Theater (CT). Ferrara also is a pit musician for musicals, and has played the shows: Xanadu, Shout, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Spring Awakening, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Shrek.
In addition to his work in the studio and on the stage, he is a dedicated educator, teaching guitar, bass and sitar at Blue Sky Music Studios in Delmar, NY.
Ferrara began his study at age 10 on the standup bass before picking up the electric bass and soon after the guitar. Early on, he was in Area-All State Jazz bands and The Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble. Zach has done his advanced studies on guitar with Matt Finck, Rob Cohen, and Paul Quigley, bass with Sean McClowry, and has worked in large and small jazz ensembles with well known upstate area jazz educator/performers Paul Evoskevich, Matt Cremisio, and Clif Brucker. He is a devoted sitar student and studies North Indian Classical music with Veena Chandra.
Ferrara holds a Bachelors degree in Music Industry with a minor in Jazz Studies from the College of St. Rose (Albany, NY). He lives just north of NYC in the Catskills, and when he is aside from performing, composing, or teaching music, he takes interest in spending time with family, his veganism, weekly volunteer work with animals, and a growing interest in space.