Zac Greenberg’s new album “Unexpected Journey” is about cancer-- the nausea, pain, uncertainty and, for many, recovery. It is dedicated to the composer’s grandfathers, who tragically died from the disease. But, despite the intensity of the music, it is hopeful.
The four-movement jazz-rock concerto is alternately soothing and shocking; intense and captivating. One minute, it is steady and predictable; then, without warning, it becomes chaotic, with electric guitar riffs and tenor sax solos that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Like the cancer that inspired “Unexpected Journey,” the album demands attention. Here is a clip from the premiere performance: https://youtu.be/12vzcijxFUs
“Unexpected Journey” was produced in association with Musicians for Health, a Cincinnati-based organization that raises awareness and seeks to help cure disease through music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit various medical charities, including Susan G. Komen of Greater Cincinnati, during October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month).
“Every cancer patient’s experience is different, but there are similarities among them,” Greenberg said. “This album tells a story that most patients can relate to, in terms of what they go through, during diagnosis and treatment.”
Greenberg, a New York-based musician and composer, studied at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has studied under many established artists, including Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Fareed Haque, Stanley Clarke, Dave Pietro, Rich Shermaria, Drew Gress and many more.
An album release concert will take place at Urban Artifact, 1662 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223, on Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 p.m. There is no cover charge. All ages admitted CDs will be available for purchase. Performing with Zac Greenberg (bass) will be Dan Erbland (tenor sax), Max Greenberg (keyboard), Ben Thomas (guitar) and Tom Buckley (drums).