Zach Ferrara is a devoted composer and music producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the sitar, guitar, bass, piano/keyboards, percussion, tanpura, and tabla. His acoustic instrumental compositions are an intricate weaving of contemporary new age, classical, and world music. He has released five CDs as a solo artist since 2017 which include three full-length original albums; Continuance (2017), Existence (2020), and Acoustic Transcendence (2022), and two full-length gypsy jazz albums; Zach Ferrara (2017) and Gypsy Roots (2019). He continues to focus on 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 orchestral setting in the bass section; learning the building blocks of sound organization from the ground up. His study has included a passionate visit to the worlds of folk, rock, 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 blues, rock and pop 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 from the music of India and other parts of the world on his sitar – which continues to come towards the front in his original releases.
Ferrara decided to become an orchestra of one. He has embraced peace in the process of dreaming the music for himself, playing all the parts, and finalizing the sonic pictures. Playing 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.