Biography

The music industry is a superman style “bizzarro world” full of drunkenness, slow cars, 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 Jonno Zilber.

A professional musician since the age of sixteen, and with a sound inspired by the likes of B.B. King, Tom Waits and a host of Australian Blues legends, 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.

Zilber has shared the stage and recorded with some of Australia’s most respected blues musicians and has become a sought after performer in the Australian Swing & Blues dancing scene.

Albums

Winter Blues: Live
(2013)

Johnny Who?!
(2012)

Bigger, Better, Zilber
(2008)

Jonno Zilber
(2005)

Comments & Reviews

“They understand the dynamics of song, of voice, of tempo, of volume, that all of these components become second-nature and the tune takes on a life of itself.”
– Regi Su, Get Shot Magazine

 “…the true blue(s) blooded guy sure has surprises for the Blues audience…”
– The Himalayan, Nepal

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

“He looks like a shelf packer, but he sure can sing.”
– Random Punter, Merimbula, NSW

Recording Credits

Wild Graces (2015)

Luke Watt Album
Oud

Tony Cini’s Blues Explosion (2011)

Various Artists
Compilation Album

Young Guns (2008)

Tom Richardson, Jonno Zilber & Jason Lowe
Guitar & Vocals

Blues Train Sampler (2008)

Various Black Market Music Artists
Compilation

Live to Absolutely Nobody (2007)

Pete & The Pelicans
Guitar, Bass, Lap Slide & Vocals

Thick as Thievery (2007)

Pete & The Pelicans
Guitar & Piano

Caught in the ACT (2007)

Various Canberra Artists
Compilation