KEYBOARDIST, VOCALIST

JOHN “SPOCK” ZAHNER’S BIO & EQUIPMENT  

 

ORIGIN:  SAN LUIS OBISBO, CALIFORNIA

RESIDENCE:  PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA

MARRIED TO:  EVI ZAHNER

OCCUPATION:   KEYBOARDIST, SONGWRITER, PROGRAMMER, AND SYNTHESIST.

EARLY DAYS:   JOHN STARTED HIS MUSICAL ADVENTURE WITH PIANO LESSONS AT AGE 6.

STUDIED:

CLASSICAL PIANO AND ORGAN UNDER CLARA DENK AND JOSEPH BOTTI UNTIL 21. WITH JOSEPH BOTTI HE COMPLETED THE CHICAGO SHURWOOD SCHOOL OF MUSIC PIANO AND ORGAN CURRICULUM.

INFLUENCES: CLASSICAL - MOZART, BEETHOVEN, KHACHATURIAN AND PROKOFIEV. MODERN – YES, ELP, DREAM THEATER, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON, THE BEATLES, KANSAS, OPETH, AND A PLETHORA OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK.

FAVORITE MUSICIANS: INCLUDE JIMI HENDRIX, KEITH EMERSON, RICK WAKEMAN, TONY BANKS,  JON LORD, CHICK COREA, CRISS OLIVA, MATT LaPORTE', AND JORDAN RUDESS.

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

JOHN HAS WORKED ALONGSIDE ALAN WHITE AND JON ANDERSON OF YES, PLUS MARK FARNER OF GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, DON DOKKEN, PAT TRAVERS, MIKE RENO OF LOVERBOY,  BOBBY KIMBALL, OF TOTO,  MICKEY THOMAS, OF STARSHIP, STEVE AUGERI, OF JOURNEY, JOHN CAFFERTY, AND MICHAEL TUNES, THE BEAVER BROWN BAND/ EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS, JOE LYNN TURNER, OF DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW, AND ROBBY STEINHARDT OF KANSAS.

HE IS GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUPPORTED BILLS THAT INCLUDE ALICE COOPER, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, BAD COMPANY, EDDIE MONEY, 38 SPECIAL, KANSAS, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, FOREIGNER, GUNS & ROSES, KAMELOT, ALICE IN CHAINS, METAL CHURCH, HEAVEN & HELL, MOTORHEAD, LITA FORD, DREAM THEATER, OPETH, MOTLEY CRUE, AND MANY OTHERS.

STUDIO AND LIVE PERFORMANCE CREDITS INCLUDE:

SECRET SERVICE: 80-85), DRAMA (90-92, 2011 - ), CIRCLE II CIRCLE (2003), CRYPTIC VISION (2004 – 2006, 2011), SAVATAGE (91-92), JON OLIVA’S PAIN 2004-2009. DARK MATTER-2012.
STORMBRINGER / STEINHARDT MOON (94-2017),

CRIMSON GLORY – KEYBOARDS AND PROGRAMMING ON “TRANSCENDENCE”, TOURING MEMBER (86-89) AND BACK FOR THE MIDNIGHT MEMORIAL SHOW @ PROG POWER X, (2009 - 2011) EURO TOURS IN 2011 & 2012 INCLUDED FESTIVALS IN GERMANY, FINLAND, SWEDEN, BELGIUM, AND GREECE.

JOHN IS A FOUNDING MEMBER, AND RECORDED & TOURED WITH JON OLIVA’S PAIN, WITH A 3 CD DISCOGRAPHY. THE FIRST IS “TAGE MAHAL” ON SPV, THE NEXT “MANIACAL RENDERINGS” ON AFM WAS RELEASED ON 9/01/06. THE THIRD “GLOBAL WARNING” ALSO ON AFM WAS RELEASED IN EUROPE 5-08. JON OLIVA IS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND SAVATAGE, AND TSO (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA.)

TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

JOHN HAS WORKED WITH SEVERAL MANUFACTURERS IN SOUND DESIGN, PROGRAMMING AND BETA TESTING THEIR INSTRUMENTS.

FOR TECH FREAKS:

WITH STORMBRINGER and STEINHARDT MOON - JOHN PLAYED KEYS ON BOTH PROJECTS AND TOURED AND PERFORMED LIVE.

WITH CRIMSON GLORY – “TRANSCENDENCE” WAS PERFORMED ON EMU E-MAX, ENSONIQ MIRAGE, YAMAHA DX7- II AND A ROLAND D-50. HE ALSO HELPED PROGRAM AND PERFORM ON THE NEW ENGLAND DIGITAL SYNCLAVIER AT MORRISOUND STUDIOS.

WITH JON OLIVA’S PAIN – HIS PERFORMANCE ON “TAGE MAHAL” INCLUDED HAMMOND ORGAN, KORG and KURZWEIL SYNTHESIZERS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING INCLUDING THE VOTA CHOIR. ON “MANIACAL RENDERINGS” HE PERFORMED ON KURZWEIL K-2600 W/ PROSOUND AC-3, KORG TRITON STUDIO PRO, AND A YAMAHA MOTIF ES8,

WITH CRYPTIC VISION-JOHN HAS ALSO RECORDED WITH THIS PROGRESSIVE ROCK GROUP ON THE “IN A WORLD.” CD. IN ADDITION HE HELPED ARRANGE, RECORD, AND PERFORM THE “LIVE AT R.O.S. FESTIVAL” CD. HE ADDED SOLOS AND SOME SCORCHING DUELS WITH GARY SCHUTT ON “OF INFINITE POSSIBILITIES” THE NEW CD.

JOHN'S CURRENT GEAR:

2 KORG TRITON EXTREME PRO'S W/ MOSS

1 NORD ELECTRO 5 ORGAN W/ VENTILATOR (OR EQUIVALENT)

2 SILVER ULTIMATE SUPPORT APEX KEYBOARD STANDS

DREAMEARS IN-EAR MONITORS.

SHURE IN-EAR PACKS or equivalent.

1 FULL RANGE MONITOR (QSC) (or equivalent.)

(WILL UPGRADE TO KORG KRONOS PRO V3's SOON!!)

JOHN THANKS HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND FANS WORLD WIDE FOR THEIR SUPPORT!