With over 6 million hits on YouTube for his “Subway Sax Battle,” Zach Mayer has played with John Zorn and Frank London, as well as with Deer Tick, Congolese rapper Baloji, Cyro Baptista and Michael Alpert, and has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Questlove, Dave Koz and Jamie Cullum. He travels internationally with Zion80, an 11-piece Jewish Afrobeat band in which the melodies of Shlomo Carlebach meet the rhythms of Fela Kuti. He has also toured across the U.S. with EMEFE, an afrobeat band featuring members of Antibalas. Originally from New York, he has performed at the Krakow Festival in Poland, the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, at the Teatro Manzoni in Milan, on the Dave Koz and Friends at Sea cruise to the Mediterranean, and at the Village Vanguard, Webster Hall, the Bowery Ballroom, the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub and the Highline Ballroom in NYC. In addition to playing the baritone sax, Mayer sings, plays the piano, the tin whistle and the harmonica. He frequently performs solo, using only the baritone sax, his voice and a looping pedal to “duplicate” himself live onstage, creating the funky and upbeat sound of multiple saxophones playing together in close harmony, over which he sings his honest songs. Mayer has grown up at KlezKanada, having attended since the age of eight, singing niggunim with his mother Lisa Mayer and step-father Sruli Dresdner. He is currently a graduate student of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.