piano/keyboard player ♫ singer/songwriter ♫ composer ♫ performer
Frank Zappia was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia in 1970 and now lives, records and performs his music in and around Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory.
Discovering his love of the piano from a very early age, Frank has continued to develop his unique musical style ever since.
In December 2017, Frank released his first album as a singer/songwriter Saving Soldiers containing 13 original songs. The album was recorded and produced by Mark Braham of Freestone Productions in Canberra. The album represents a personal achievement for Frank as he spent 3 years prior to making the album learning how to sing (with his singing teacher and mentor Lisa Richards) and writing song lyrics for the first time.
Frank is currently recording (and producing) his follow up album Strange Life scheduled for release in late 2019. The first single, How We Take Our Honey, was released on 9 September 2019.
2017 Saving Soldiers
Instrumental (no vocals) albums
2010 Passion Suite
2004 The Forest
1995 Products Of Force!
2019 After A While (album by Mark Braham) played piano/keys on several songs (produced by Freestone Productions, Canberra)
2017 Beyond Sirocco (album by Andrew de Teliga) played piano on “If I Pray” (produced by Canberra’s David Pendragon)
2019 Music Man (a short film by Judith Peterson) original soundtrack music and lead acting role *film yet to be released*
2016 Blokes Don’t Talk (a short film by Judith Peterson) features original piano composition “Mr Kilbourn”
2015 Menslink Mentoring Program (a short film by Judith Peterson) features original piano composition “The Grand Master Plan”
2019 Hang On A Second…A Night of Short Plays (and one song) (by Nigel Palfreman) co-wrote and performed the song, “A Teacher’s Lament”
2016 L’Amour et La Mort – Love and Death in a French Restaurant (by Judith Peterson) two shows of short plays and dinner at the Les Tres Bon French restaurant in Bungendore, New South Wales) live music performance before and during shows
2014 Couples Don’t Talk (four shows of short plays by Judith Peterson and Vince Melton, directed by Dominic Mico) live performance during shows
Frank can be seen playing at various venues around Canberra and beyond – check out the UPCOMING GIGS section.
Music learning and formal education
Frank says on playing the piano: “One thing that has stuck with me over the years is something one of the AMEB examiners said to me – that I have an “authoritative touch” on the piano and to “never stop playing” – I haven’t.”
Frank says on singing and songwriting: “The discovery of singing and songwriting and the way that it has helped me to develop and expand as a musician, and as a person, has been a life-changing journey and really opened up my world.”
1973 Discovered the piano (received a baby toy piano as a Xmas gift from his parents)
1974-1989 Played piano by ear, including Ring Ring by Abba, the Star Wars theme and Popcorn
1995 Completed 7th Grade certificate in practice of classical music through the Australian Musical Examinations Board (AMEB) under the tuition of Lynette Fuller
1999 Studied jazz and blues piano with Paul Dal Broi, achieving Honours in Grade 4 Modern Pianoforte through the Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts
2011-2012 Completed Levels 1 to 4 of the Simply Music program with Fiona Hughes
2014 Commenced (and still continuing) singing lessons with singer/songwriter Lisa Richards
2018 Joined the online I Heart Songwriting Club (and still continuing) and is writing 1 new song every week based on the themes and guidelines provided by the Club
2019 Undertook music production lessons (mixing and mastering) with Mark Braham of Freestone Productions, Canberra