Biography

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The music industry is a superman style “bizzarro world” full of drunkenness, strange girls, slow cars, anti-Semitic Icelandic fishermen, flying prosthetic legs and poker machines that are louder than the live band on the stage next to them. A world where as Tom Waits once said “the large print giveth and the small print taketh away” and musicians have to refer to themselves in the third person just to make them seem more important than they really are. That is where you will find me, my name is Jonno Zilber.

A professional musician since the age of sixteen years, Zilber has played all around Australia and internationally and released four solo albums. From school yards to prison yards, outback pubs with topless dancers to churches with born-again preachers, run down bars with no electricity to large international festivals, he’s played them all. Some of the bigger festivals include the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, National Folk Festival, Australian Blues Music Festival and the Himalayan Blues Festival.

Festival Appearences

Himalayan Blues Festival – Nepal
International Guitar Festival – SA
Australian Blues Music Festival – NSW
National Folk Festival – ACT
Multicultural Fringe Festival – ACT
Shir Madness, Sydney Jewish Music Festival - NSW
Blues on Broadbeach – QLD
Port Fairy Folk Festival – VIC
Thredbo Blues Festival - NSW
Escape artFEST – NSW
Canberräng Swing Dance Festival – ACT
Blues Before Sunrise - VIC
Melbourne Lindy Exchange - VIC
Canberra Blues & Rock Festival – ACT
Stringybark Sustainability Festival - VIC
Roomsful O’ Blues – ACT
National Gospel Happening – ACT
Merimbula Jazz Festival – NSW
Moruya Jazz Festival – NSW

Awards

Canberra Blues Music Male Vocalist of 2009
Canberra Blues Youth Achievement Award 2007
Canberra Roots Music Young Performer 2004 & 2005
Finalist: 2006 National Youth Week Music Awards

Comments and Reviews

"...the true blue(s) blooded guy sure has surprises for the Blues audience..." - The Himalayan, Nepal

"...Absolutely amazing...Outstanding..." – Genevieve Jacobs, ABC Radio

"...His deft playing and mastery of the fret board was astounding." – David LeRoy, Rock n' Roll Scars

“Voice, energy, musicianship. Can a sound be raw and polished? Zilber's got it!” – Paul Wallis, Author

"He may look like a shelf packer, but he sure can sing"


© 2013, Jonno Zilber - Last updated 16/12/2013