Zac Zinger

A multi-talented performer, Zac plays saxophones, flute, clarinet, shakuhachi, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), and a host of ethnic flutes. In 2019 he released his debut album, Fulfillment, which includes twelve original tracks for jazz quartet combining jazz fusion and Japanese traditional music. He has recorded woodwinds for the soundtracks of Final Fantasy XV: Assassin's Festival, Just Cause 4, Street Fighter V, RWBY, Lazer Team, Moonlight Blade OL, and many more. He has also had the pleasure of performing in twelve countries with the likes of Anat Cohen, Kirill Gerstein, Mario Frangoulis, Nobuo Uematsu, and Wataru Hokoyama. In 2017 and with a grant from the Asian Cultural Council, he conducted a five-month residency in Tokyo, Japan where he studied the shakuhachi and its traditional music under masters Kinya Sogawa, Keisuke Zenyoji, and Akihito Obama. He was invited to speak at the 2018 World Shakuhachi Festival in London, UK on the usage of the shakuhachi in the jazz medium. Currently, Zac lives in New York City, writing for and performing with his progressive jazz quartet, the Zac Zinger Group, and his Japanese traditional/jazz fusion duet, KAI.

Zac is also an award-winning composer, arranger, and orchestrator with years of experience in a wide variety of mediums. He has written for film, commercials and video games, including compositions for Street Fighter V, Jump Force, Mobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories, jazz arrangements of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter and Okami series, and big band arrangements for Rooster Teeth's animated series, RWBY, which reached #1 on the iTunes charts in May 2016

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”Zinger proves that there are no limits to what can be played on the shakuhachi.” —ModernJazz.gr

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