Zach Zaitlin

Zach Zaitlin

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandPopAvant-garde

Zach Zaitlin creates music without boundaries. Drawing on influences as varied as Bach and Björk, Stravinsky and St. Vincent, Zach's music frequently melts the hearts and quickens the pulse of his listeners with unexpected and beautiful sounds. zachary.r.zaitlin@gmail.com (267) 918-1171

Biography

Growing up a mile’s walk through woods and marsh to the Maine coast, Zach Zaitlin often went to sleep with the deep distant roar of the Atlantic humming in his head. Over the years this hum has mixed – in rough chronological order – with the sounds of the Beatles, Bach, Neil Young, PJ Harvey, St. Vincent, Ramona Falls and many others to cultivate an original and ambitious musical voice. Zach combines soaring, emotive vocals with unexpected piano textures to create music that is intimate, eerie, and exciting.

A performance by Zach Zaitlin draws listeners into a dark, rich sound-world replete with heartbreaking ballads (see “Breakup Song” or “Coffee and Treats”), catchy and bombastic keyboard-busters (“Imelda” , “High Road”), and experimental, meditative epics (“Joyeux Noël”).

A classically-trained pianist and composer, Zach studied music at Swarthmore College, outside of Philadelphia, where he made his first dabbles in rock music-making. Zach moved to Portland, Oregon from Portland, Maine to take advantage of the Northwest’s thriving music scene in 2008.

His debut EP Joyeux Noël (released in 2010) transforms five songs originally conceived as solo piano/voice numbers into tracks with beautiful drumming, unconventional string textures, organ-buttressed walls of sound, and more.

Zach's newest compositions explore combining angular, unexpected acoustic piano textures with warm, haunting synth textures, ambient vocals, and various combinations of bass, electric guitar, strings, and more.

Zach has performed at a variety of venues, including Mississippi Studios, The Woods, and The Knife Shop in Portland, Oregon; the Sunset Tavern and Victrola in Seattle; the Tin Angel and composer Andrea Clearfield's legendary "Salon" series in Philadelphia; the North Star and The Oak & The Ax in Maine; and many others.

July 2011 will see Zach's first-ever tour of the west coast.

Lyrics

Breakup Song

Written By: Zach Zaitlin

I feel the train coming down the track.
I hear the whistle blow but I won't look back
'cause I know
you won't be there.

I see the sky fade from black to white.
And with the stars I think I just might
go away
go away.

This is our breakup song.
Maybe you'll listen to it when I'm gone.
Maybe your ears will hear, your eyes will see
when you no longer see me.

I taste the poison falling from my lips.
I guess we'll never get that one last kiss.

This is our breakup song.
Maybe you'll listen to it when I'm gone.
Maybe your ears will hear, your eyes will see
when you no longer see me.

High Road

Written By: Zachary Zaitlin

You know I haven't felt at home
for about three years or so,
So I get in my car
and I just go.

And now I'm stuck on this high road
and I just can't seem to go
Ooh anywhere
down below.

Ooh no no anywhere
down below.

You know I haven't felt awake
since I felt that first heartache,
So I get out of my bed
and I get high.

And if ever that bough shall break
and I fall from dream to daybreak,
Then I guess by then
that I'll know why.

Ooh well I hope by God by then
I might know why.

CHORUS:
And no words that you can say
can tell me how to stay.
And no pictures you can show
can show me how to go,
oh how to go.

How to go
where I wanna go.

And still I'm stuck on this high road.
It's been a thousand miles or more.
So I guess I'll just let go
and ride.

And looks like I'll always be broke
no matter if I beg, steal, bargain or borrow.
So I guess I'll just hold on
and fly.

Ooh well I guess by God by now I best get high.

CHORUS:
And no words that you can say
can tell me how to stay.
And no pictures you can show
can show me how to go,
oh how to go.

How to go
where I wanna go.

Imelda

Written By: Zach Zaitlin

"Tienes la cara de ángel" --
that's what you said to me.
Placed on the highest pedestal --
that's what you did for me.

Sign my timeline now.
Bind my eyelids down.

CHORUS:
Imelda you touched me
but do you still believe?
Imelda you touched me
but do you still believe?

I was brought to the plastic castle
to bear the double Z.
Landlocked on the Spanish plateau
stretching to see the sea.

Sign my timeline now.
Bind my eyelids down.

CHORUS

Find my right mind how?
Wine my hindsight now.

CHORUS

Said Imelda you touched me
but do you still believe?

Discography

Joyeux Noel, EP (2010)

Set List

A typical set by Zach Zaitlin is approximately 45-60 minutes in length, consisting of original songs and sometimes 1-3 cover songs, but he can perform 2 hours or more.

A sample set might include:

Searching
Breakup Song
Imelda
Coffee and Treats
Dali Elephants
Grandma
High Road
Joyeux Noel
West Philadelphia [encore]