Zach Sprowls
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Zach Sprowls

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2023 | SELF

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2023
Band Alternative Neoclassical




"Interview and In-Studio Performance"

Zach Sprowls, Scranton-based pianist and composer, speaking about--and playing--his music in anticipation of the 2023 Scranton Fringe Festival where he will present his show "All Beginnings Are Hard," featuring piano and string trio. Performances will be held in the Jr. Ballroom at the Scranton Cultural Center on September 29 at 8:30 pm, September 30 at 2:00 and 8:30 pm and October 1 at 2:00. - WVIA, ArtScene with Erika Funke

"Pianist Makes Scranton Fringe Fest Debut"

He is ready to share his voice at the Scranton Fringe Festival with the world premiere of his new show, also titled “All Beginnings Are Hard.” Featuring the piano and a live string trio, he will use elements of neoclassical minimalism, melody, and aching harmony to tell the story of what it’s like to start over and translate his own life experiences into a deeply-felt journey for listeners. - NEPA Scene

"Music To Our Ears"

All Beginnings are Hard is a musical telling of what it’s like to start over, filled to the brim with his beautiful neoclassical tunes. Zach explains that composing music is essentially telling a story, and each song in his concert acts as a chapter in the larger narrative of his show: The story of what it’s like to start over. - WBRE, PA Live!


Beautiful - Alex Rider, KEXP

"Extremely Promising"

Both versions [of All Beginnings Are Hard] have a delicate, dreamy, almost fragile feeling - especially the more orchestrated version. The piece is deeply moving, but also expresses hope and optimism at the prospect of a fresh start. It's an extremely promising debut, and I can't wait to hear more! - Kathy Parons,


All Beginnings Are Hard
All Beginnings Are Hard (Piano Only) - Live
I Thought I Knew
I Thought I Knew (Piano Only) - Live



Most use their voice to tell a story; Zach uses the piano.


The piano is Zach Sprowls' voice. With it, he composes stories that are as much ours as they are his own—affecting and true to life. 

Once rootless, Zach now proudly calls Scranton, Pennsylvania home. He's come to identify with the relentless heart of the city, with its long history of struggle and its bright future. 

Zach came to Scranton feeling broken but found healing in music while there. His first solo release under his name reflects that. "All Beginnings Are Hard" is built around a piano part Zach recorded in his apartment. The aching strings, recorded at Cue Recording Studios outside Washington D.C., underpin that vulnerable core like a testament to Zach's personal hope for the future. 

With a musical gift that's as rare as it is disciplined, Zach is eager to release and perform his neoclassical compositions. Variously compared to Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, and Max Richter, his pieces weave the piano, strings, synthesizers, and electronic sounds into crystalline soundscapes that tell real, human stories.

He's ready to share his voice.

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