Max Zaska is a guitarist, songwriter, musical director, and producer best known for his feel-good blend of modern funk, neo-soul, and indie jazz. He leads ZASKA, a supergroup of Irish talent with a changing lineup of players that started with the band’s original vocalist, Hozier.
ZASKA’s second album, A Better Way, has a sustainability theme and will be released in 2022. It draws inspiration from the contemporary UK jazz & neo-soul scene and features vocalists Tolü Makay, Faye O’Rourke (Soda Blonde), Melina Malone, J Smith, Jess Kav, and more.
Over 25 performers including Wyvern Lingo and Loah were on 2019’s critically acclaimed ZASKA debut album, It Takes A Village. It was named Album of the Year on RTÉ 2XM.
“A benchmark example of the talent that exists in this country” - The Irish Times
With a reputation for incredible, high-energy live shows, ZASKA has headlined shows and festivals throughout Ireland. Named one of Ireland's best guitarists, Max Zaska has a B.A. in Jazz Performance.
“You’ll be hard pressed to find a more joyous musical experience in Ireland” - GoldenPlec
In 2021, Max produced and co-wrote 2 albums as part of the ambitious collaborative project, MåsExödus, blending contemporary jazz with hip hop elements. The music and a concert film by legendary hip hop photographer B+ (Brian Cross) will be released in 2022.
As Musical Director for live shows, Max worked with R&B rising star Tolü Makay in 2021, and in 2020 with Choice Prize-winning hip hop phenom Denise Chaila and her narolane label-mates God Knows and MuRli.