Dinner and a Show: Zen Zadravec Trio
Jazz standards & original tunes
Band leader, composer and pianist Zen Zadravec brings a stellar trio the Blue LLama stage.
Composer and jazz pianist Zen Zadravec views all music as a form of creative communication. The goal is to create music based on human experience. It is also to absorb as much music as possible to develop through the lens of Humanism based on the philosophies of Nichiren Buddhism. Ultimately, Zadravec strives to create music that inspires, encourages, and touches people’s hearts. Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1974, Zadravec studied classical piano from the age of five. At eleven he began studying the saxophone and the flute. Hearing Miles Davis transformed his life and influenced his decision to become a jazz musician. In 1992, Zadravec attended York University’s Jazz Program and in 1997 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During his time at York University, he was the recipient of two Oscar Peterson Awards for excellence as a jazz pianist. In 2000, he earned a Graduate’s Degree in Jazz Performance at Rutgers University. Zadravec also has studied with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Kenny Barron, Don Thompson, John Gittens, Vic Juris, Ted Dunbar and Ralph Bowen.Back to Events