Zach Ferrara is a composer and music producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the sitar, guitar, bass, piano/keyboards, percussion, tanpura, and tabla. His instrumental compositions are an intricate weaving of World, Folk, and Contemporary New Age music. He has released five full-length original albums as a solo artist; Continuance (2017), Existence (2020), Acoustic Transcendence (2022), Peace Love and Ahimsa (2023), and Beloved Teachers (2023). His focus in music is on the composition and production of his original music.
Ferrara began his journey into the world of music by way of the standup bass. His first experiences with music were playing in a classical orchestra learning the building blocks of sound organization from the ground up. His study has included a passionate visit to the worlds of folk, blues, funk, and jazz on both the electric bass and soon after electric and acoustic guitar. He has supported jazz acts as a bassist in both a big band setting; in small piano, horn combos; and also founded his own latin jazz acoustic guitar duo. At the same time, he has played the guitar in various musical groups. Ferrara has sat in the pit sections of musical theatre productions along his performance journey. Through it all, he has been practicing and receiving inspiration through the sitar and piano – which have come to the front in his original releases.
Ferrara is an orchestra of one and embraces peace in the process of dreaming the music for himself, playing all the parts, and finalizing the sonic pictures. Collaborating with others in various settings, learning about, and experiencing music from many perspectives led him to this point of independent creation. Live performance was also accompanied by his years of teaching students of all ages and all genres. This deepened his appreciation of music, widened his musical horizons, and also made him a better player and teacher of self in learning to teach others. Along his musical path he has earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music - Music Industry from the College of St. Rose and a Master of Music in Music Education Degree from Boston University.
Ferrara remains concentrated on the practice, composition, and recording of his music in his studio. His goal is to connect with sound to bring himself and listeners closer to source. He is inspired by his family, being in nature, and living a plant-based vegan lifestyle. Ferrara has done significant research on the materials that go into making instruments. This inspired his advocacy for cruelty-free instrument construction and he authored an article to raise awareness. His instruments are created or modified to align with this vision. In addition to music, Ferrara is dedicated to his career in eLearning for an organization that supports people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) to receive supports and services needed to live a quality life.