" This residency highly appealed to me because the opportunity to live in the Westfjords and focus of getting to know Iceland culture and creating music.
I love connecting with people and would love to do this in this place out of my comfort zone.
The landscape, people, composers from Iceland and more have already inspired me from afar and would exponentially influence my work while living there. "
Philip Daniel Zach is a composer, pianist, and teacher from Lincoln, Nebraska. Zach did his graduate work at the UMKC Conservatory in Piano Performance and his undergraduate studies at Hastings College, where he earned a Bachelor's in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy.
During his undergraduate years, Philip discovered a passion for creating his own music. He was heavily inspired by contemporary classical composers such as Olafur Arnalds, NIls Frahm, Philip Glass, Max Richter and more by their ability to transmit powerful emotions thru simplistic, minimalistic sound while each possessing their own unique “voice” in a non-cliche manner. Zach aims to follow in these musicians footsteps by blending aspects of classical music, minimalism, cinematic qualities, and more. He seeks to appeal to the seasoned, trained musician as well as the normal, non-musically inclined listener in a way that can impact both.
His debut album, “Gradient”, is a compilation of seven original compositions and is available on Spotify and Itunes. Philip Daniel's follow up album is called "This Tree is Made for Climbing" and is scheduled to release on July 24th. It is comprised of 6 compositions, each one featuring strings done by Nashville-based violinist and producer, Shawn Williams.
His sole purpose as a composer is to create music thats primary goal is to convey unequivocal emotion and to make people truly “feel”. Zach believes that music has a unique ability to cause change in the world by this personal connection to individual listeners and aims to be a small part in positively impacting his community thru his music.
Zach currently resides in Lincoln where he is an intern at The Grid recording studio and runs his own private piano teaching studio. He has several performances scheduled for the spring and is currently working on an upcoming album that is set to release in the summer of 2018.