Classics, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Latin American,Country, Pop, Rock and Roll, Solo

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Zakslab specializes in building restaurant/bar venues into viable entertainment venues. Piano's are just fantastic instruments with so much presence (especially a grand) and ambiance, and when someone knows how to make them talk, sing a dance then they just make any room come alive. If you do not have a real grand yet, I will bring my portable baby grand with that latest amazing Yamaha electronic piano ensemble and we can certainly get things rolling till you buy one. With a repertoire of around 1000 songs ranging from classical to rock and growing weekly, it will be a long time before anyone ever gets bored. Besides, I play the crowd, not some automated song machine so the songs always have a tailor-made flavor.

You can pay me an agreed percentage of the increase in turnover I generate. Or you could do me a fixed deal on a residency to start and be struck dumb by how affordable that is. As a resident, you will have access to my tools and maintenance skills too provided I am not exploited so much that the development of my repertoire suffers.

We need to meet and talk as I cannot read people and their characters over e-mails and neither should you of course.

By way of background, I was the resident entertainer in some famous piano bars in the 1980s like The Perisher Valley Hotel, Alpenhorn Lodge in Thredbo. In Sydney, I did a circuit that included The Air Crew Bar, Australian Youth Hotel, Crows Nest, Rio on Bondi Beach, the Junction, Sheila's, Danny's, The Stars, and the Broadbeach International Hotel in the Gold Coast etc. Also owned the 5-star theatre restaurant Saltories in 320 West Street Durban, South Africa, in 1990s which generated some rave reviews. Of course, I had a piano bar setup in there too.

Locally, I have performed at the Elixir Tapas Bar, Three Wolves, Cairns RSL, Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron and of course on the Cairns Esplanade, 'el Johnno" style.

For booking or enquiries please contact Zakslab
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Set list
See Download the repertoire from Repertoire has just been purged, added to and updated and will be uploaded in next two days to the same web page. What the heck, build your own set list for the show you want me to do. Tell me in advance so I can hone those to your taste. Conspire with me. Always a good thing to conspire with a muso.
Main influences are classical, country, pop, blues, and Rock and Roll. Sinatra, Engelbert, Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Elvis, Mc Lean, Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Eagles, Dire Straights etc. About a 1000 song repertoire and growing.

Did a grade 8 practical classical pianoforte in 1977.
Gig Highlights
My main forte is the ability to relax people in the early part of the evening with 5 star piano music. I then build them up over the evening moving them to the bar and getting them engaged and dancing into the night.

Its a mixture of timing, pace, classy music, reading the crowd and just plain old experience.
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