Zac Zinger

Composer, Arranger, Performer

"You make me want to go home and practice."  -Benny Golson, jazz legend

"I'm very excited to see what Zac is doing with the shakuhachi." -James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi Grand Master

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA but now based in New York City, Zac Zinger is an award-winning composer, arranger, and musician with years of experience in a wide variety of mediums. He is a 2011 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with degrees in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring, and has received numerous honors including a 2016 Asian Cultural Council Artist Fellowship; the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards;  the 2013 ASCAP Johnny Mandel Prize; the 2009 and 2010 Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition Awards; and the 2007 Pittsburgh Jazz Society Leadership Award. He has written for film, commercials and video games, including compositions for Street Fighter V, 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.

A multi-talented performer, Zac plays saxophones, flute, clarinet, shakuhachi, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), and a host of ethnic flutes. He has had the pleasure of performing in eleven countries with the likes of Anat Cohen, Kirill Gerstein, Mario Frangoulis, Nobuo Uematsu, and Wataru Hokoyama. He regularly writes for and performs with his progressive jazz quartet, the Zac Zinger Group, and his Japanese traditional/jazz fusion duet, KAI.