Tom Zajac
Multi-Instrumentalist
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Tom Zajac has performed on historic winds and percussion as a member of several groups throughout the years—Piffaro, Ex Umbris, the Waverly Consort, and New York’s Ensemble for Early Music—touring extensively and appearing in concert series and festivals in Hong Kong, Guam, Australia, Israel, Colombia, Mexico, and throughout Europe and the US. As a guest artist he appears frequently with The King’s Noyse, Newberry Consort, Hesperus, and since 1991 with Folger Consort. He has performed 14th-century music in the East Wing of the White House during the Clinton Administration and played serpent in a piece by PDQ Bach on an episode of A Prairie Home Companion. The sound of his bagpipe awoke the astronauts every morning on a 2001 space shuttle mission (on a recording, of course). He has performed on the soundtrack of several PBS documentaries for Emmy award-winning producer and composer Brian Keane and has participated in over 40 recording projects ranging from medieval dances to 21st-century chamber music. Mr. Zajac directs the Medieval/Renaissance week of the San Francisco Early Music Society workshops in Sonoma, CA, teaches at other workshops throughout the US, and directs the early music ensembles at Wellesley College near his home in Boston.