ZASKA serves up a feel-good blend of modern funk, neo-soul, and jazz. Max Zaska is the guitar-wielding songwriter at the helm of this supergroup of talent with a rotating roster of session players and rising stars from across genres in the Irish music scene.

Max Zaska

Guitarist / Composer / Lyricist / Bandleader / Arranger / Producer

Max Zaska blends his blues-rock roots with a love of a deeply funky groove and jazz improvisation. What you get are compositions that don’t fit neatly into a single genre. Think Steely Dan meets Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy.

Max is a skilled arranger and leads a band whose members, size, and instrumentation is ever-changing, putting great songs at the very heart of every performance. 

Named one of Ireland’s best guitarists in 2018, you can also find Max in studio laying down guitar tracks for others, including The Waterboys.

Max Zaska completed a B.A. in Jazz Performance at the prestigious Newpark Music Centre in Dublin and has studied with jazz legends in Brazil, Italy, and Canada.

Born in Germany, Max was raised in Ireland and lives in the countryside near Dublin with his wife and their two young children.

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More than 50 musicians have played as part of ZASKA since the band formed in 2010. Some of these absolute legends include:

  • Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Hozier) – Vocals
  • Karen Cowley, Caoimhe Barry, Saoirse Duane (Wyvern Lingo) – Vocals
  • Sallay Matu Garnett (Loah) – Vocals
  • Emma Garnett (Fehdah) – Vocals
  • James Smith (Gypsies On The Autobahn) – Vocals
  • Jess Kavanagh (BARQ / The Waterboys) – Vocals
  • Carly Coonagh – Vocals
  • Charlie McCabe – Vocals
  • Precious Okpaje (Super Silly) – Vocals
  • Louise Gaffney (Come On Live Long) – Vocals
  • Keith Fennell- Vocals
  • Nichola Hegarty – Vocals
  • Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars / Soda Blonde) – Drums
  • Tommy Gray (BARQ) – Drums
  • Cote Calmet – Drums
  • Neil Dorrington (BARQ) – Bass
  • Tommy Moore (Haiku) – Bass
  • Kevin Higgins (Mescalito) – Bass
  • Luke Dunford (Chief Keegan) – Keys
  • Johnny Taylor – Keys
  • Oisín Murtagh (Kojaque / Booka Brass) – Tenor Saxophone
  • Sam Comerford – Tenor Saxophone
  • James Doherty (Booka Brass) – Trombone
  • Paul Kiernan (Booka Brass)- Trumpet