Zack Sulsky
  • 26, Male
  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Bio

I am the Coordinator of Educational Media and Technology at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. Along with Yasmin de Soiza and Christopher Amos, I help to manage and facilitate participation in this community, as well as other educational programs at Carnegie Hall that relate to technology and digital media. 

I earned a B.A. in Music from Wesleyan University, where I studied a wide range of music, focusing especially on jazz, film music, and the Great American Songbook. I also spent time studying jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Before coming to Carnegie Hall, I developed Sketch-a-Song, a music-making app for iOS and Android. I play piano and saxophone, and write songs, film scores, and jazz charts in my free time.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about using the site or suggestions for making this community better.

Profile Information

I am a:
Carnegie Hall staff member
My school is:
Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
My style(s) of music:
Blues, Film, Folk, Funk, Indie, Jazz, Latin, Musical Theater, Rock, World
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Film Scoring / Soundtracks, Multimedia Projects, Music Theory, Performing, Songwriting / Writing Lyrics
My musical instrument(s):
Saxophone, Piano / keyboard, Voice
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
Ukulele, Melodica
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Cole Porter, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Stacey Kent, George & Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers, Jerome Kern, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Hank Jones, Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, Of Monsters and Men, Fleet Foxes, Josh Ritter, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, the Beatles

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Angiolo Tarocchi replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Hi, I'm new on this group and I'm getting a tour through this topic. I like it a lot. Very insightful, brilliant and very nice arrangements. Bravi!"
Sep 7, 2014
Zack Sulsky replied to Carnegie Hall's discussion Submit Your Questions for Renowned Latin Jazz Artist Paquito D'Rivera in the group Jazz
"Hi Ina! See Paquito D'Rivera's answers to two of your questions below:"
Jun 20, 2014
Zack Sulsky replied to Carnegie Hall's discussion Submit Your Questions for Renowned Latin Jazz Artist Paquito D'Rivera in the group Jazz
"Hi Deborah! Here is Paquito D'Rivera's answer to one of your questions:"
Jun 20, 2014
Zack Sulsky added a discussion to the group Jazz
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Basstronaut: Unusual Featured Instruments

Paquito D'Rivera's composition "Basstronaut" is a rare example of a piece that features both the acoustic and electric bass. Watch the version below, featuring John Goldsby on upright and Oscar Stagnaro on electric. Then, share a recording of piece that features an unusual instrument or combination of instruments in the comments. See More
Jun 16, 2014
Zack Sulsky added a discussion to the group Jazz
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Crossing Genre Lines

Embed a YouTube video in the comments below of a piece of music outside of the style that you normally play and tell us what you can learn from it.Paquito D'Rivera is famous for crossing the lines of genres, and was the first artist to win Grammy awards in both jazz and classical categories. Check out the video excerpt below about learning from musical styles other than your own, then answer the question below.See More
Jun 2, 2014
Zack Sulsky replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion The Quotation Game: Paquito D'Rivera's "I Remember Diz" in the group Jazz
"I'll get things started with this one from Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" at 5:31. Here's a recording by Dizzy:"
Jun 2, 2014
Zack Sulsky added a discussion to the group Jazz
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The Quotation Game: Paquito D'Rivera's "I Remember Diz"

Hey, jazzers!Take a look at the video of Paquito D'Rivera's composition "I Remember Diz" below. This piece was written as a tribute to trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, one of the innovators of Latin Jazz and one of Paquito D'Rivera's major influences.Both the written composition and Paquito's solo are full of quotations of other pieces and famous solos. How many quotes can you identify? Post the timecode and the source of the quote in the comments below!This is the first in a series of discussions…See More
May 22, 2014
Zack Sulsky replied to Carnegie Hall's discussion Submit Your Questions for Renowned Latin Jazz Artist Paquito D'Rivera in the group Jazz
"Thanks for your questions, Deborah and Ina. Check back soon to see Paquito's responses!"
May 15, 2014
Zack Sulsky posted a photo

Arranging Ellington Rehearsal

Rehearsals are under way for the winning submissions to Arranging Ellington. Chris Washburne and SYOTOS are preparing for the upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall featuring arrangements by Musical Exchange members Michael Conrad, Dan O'Brien, and…
Mar 19, 2014
Zack Sulsky commented on Connor Peavy's blog post little something after being off the piano for a month
"I think play-along tracks are a great way to work on your playing, especially improvising. Of course, they are no substitute for the experience of playing with others, but they can be a good tool to have available to you for practicing.  This…"
Feb 14, 2014
Zack Sulsky commented on Connor Peavy's blog post little something after being off the piano for a month
"Thanks for posting Connor. It sounds like you're getting pretty comfortable with the blues scale. I think a good next step for you would be to focus on staying really locked into the time and the form. It's challenging to improvise and…"
Feb 13, 2014
Zack Sulsky liked Daniel Ribeiro Rodrigues's video
Feb 11, 2014
Zack Sulsky commented on Connor Peavy's blog post new song I started working on.this is all theoretical ,I have never hear all the instruments together .just as individual bits on the piano. any thoughts would be great :)
"Hi Connor. Thanks for sharing your idea with us, but this is pretty difficult to read. If you put everything into your notation software, it would be more legible and we'd also have a MIDI mockup to listen to for reference!"
Jan 28, 2014
Stephanie Wieseler replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Darcy — thanks for your specific, detailed, and direct feedback. I will do my best to implement your corrections and suggestions."
Jan 26, 2014
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Drew: you said you "tried to do some weird stuff with this and I'm not sure it worked." I will say this, you definitely succeeded in doing some weird stuff! This is an extremely ambitious and inventive re-working of "Almighty…"
Jan 24, 2014

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At 7:08pm on September 14, 2013, Esther Young said…

Thanks so much for your nice comment to the 2 songs I posted on the songwriters' page a while ago. I love your work!!

At 11:39am on August 15, 2013, Joshua Hopper said…

Thanks!

At 11:46pm on July 11, 2013, Kelly said…

Thank you  for the feedback on my original songs..I agree on a key change in the bridge of the song I LIKE IT LIKE THAT...sometimes when i cant come up with something good ,i start a new song, (bad habit)  but i WILL get back to it and finish it . lol

At 12:39pm on July 11, 2013, Matthew Guevara said…

Yea thank you. I do get what you are saying about the harmonic value of the piece. I do agree with you. Resolving to a major chord would defiantly add more color to the piece. I could even use that as a transition to a major section which were talking about. Also the double time section does sound pretty cool. I really appreciate your feedback.

Thank you

At 11:47am on July 11, 2013, Matthew Guevara said…

Thank you for you're feedback and no I have never written any film score material. I kinda don't know how. I have no formal music theory or music composition background. I will be learning more about composition this fallowing year though. I do enjoy minor keys a lot and I agree that a section where I use a major key would help my over all piece. Do you think my piece  lacks transitions and needs a richer harmonic structure? These are my overall concerns. 

 
 
 

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