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“There is within each one of us a potential for goodness beyond our imagining; for giving which seeks no reward; for listening without judgment; for loving unconditionally.”

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross



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NEW BOOK: My Life as a Squint-Eyed Chink

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Autobiography — 351 pages including: 6 pages of pictures & 8 pages of endnotes.

On the death of his eccentric soprano mother, Zak finds himself on a plane to rendezvous with siblings he hasn't seen in decades, the entire trip culminating in a black comedy at her funeral. He begins unearthing a past he didn't know he had, learning the truth about his parents' secretive lives.

My Life as a Squint-Eyed Chink reads like a psychological thriller or mystery novel — only the story that it tells is true. Unique insights into the human condition, fascinating vignettes from mid-20th-century China, and uncommon sanity amidst maddening events characterize this poignant, thought-provoking and beautifully written tale of a Brit forced to adapt to finding himself ‘not looking English.’ In pages filled with both gritty facts and almost-lyrical prose punctuated with wry humor, you walk with Zak, the journeyman, as he learns what it is like to bridge several different worlds with all their allure, beauty, pain and mystery; to survive the most unsettling of situations; to find sense in a baffling, sometimes terrible, past and setting out on the ultimate quest to put all the pieces together and find out who you truly are.

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Born in England and based in Stockholm, Sweden since 1988, Zak divides his time between his very separate worlds of being a Musician (multi-genre free-lance guitarist), Technology Consultant (software development, website management, HCI, UCD, Usability, SEO, etc.), Writer (research articles, educational materials, non-fiction, editing services), Translator (for companies listed on the NASDAQ OMX), Traveler (escapist & curious by nature; fan of interpersonal, cultural exchanges in faraway places) and Volunteer (abuse recovery, fundraising, community services)...

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show/hide this section is about things that matter to me, Zak smiley It was launched on Nov. 26, 2008, but due to the fact that I lead a rather busy life, parts of it are still under construction. My original idea was to use the site to demonstrate my skills in creating a clean 'n' lean, robust, secure, interactive and standards-compliant web interface with up-to-date technological know-how behind it. I'm responsible for what you can and can't see—every dot and pixel of the front-end design, as well as the back-end scripts that dynamically generate these pages, such as perl, PHP, databases, server scripts and CMS (content-management software), etc. All my scripts are custom-designed—I don't use out-of-a-can freeware. Many of my creative designs were a first on the world-wide web, but as the cliché about the perpetually changing Internet goes: you can only be the “first” for six months at best. If you happen to like what you do see, I'm available for hire as a site designer and software architect. For further information:

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Dec 23, '15Pit Band-
Dec 22, '15Pit Band-
Dec 09, '15Zak solo performance-
Dec 07, '15Pit Band-
Nov 28, '15Duo with Ilhem Khodga-
Nov 20, '15Kiralina and FriendsStockholm
Nov 20, '15Afterwork Jazz (17:00-19:30)Stampen, Stockholm
Nov 14, '15MC Soul UnitStockholm
Oct 06, '15Wirströms Jam house bandStockholm
Sep 11, '15Afterwork Jazz (17:00-19:30)Stampen, Stockholm
Aug 29, '15Band of Brothers feat Dan GraneroVärmdö, Stockholm
Aug 28, '15Afterwork Jazz (17:00-19:30)Stampen, Stockholm
Jul 30, '15Jazz and Gospel with Andreas Aleman & Louise PalstiernaVärmdö, Sweden
Jun 20, '15TBAAtlanta, USA
Jun 01-02, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
May 20-31, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
May 05-18, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
May 01-02, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
Apr 18, '15Band of Brothers feat Dan Granero (AUS)Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 16-30, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
Mar 28, '15TBALondon
Mar 27, '15TBALondon
Mar 18, '15Tom, Sinead Savage & ZakSwitzerland
Mar 10, '15John, Ben & ZakSwitzerland
Mar 05, '15Z.U.G. with live DJSwitzerland
Mar 04, '15Derek Italo & ZakSwitzerland
Mar 03, '15John, Calum & ZakSwitzerland
Feb 28, '15Joyce Hurley QuartetSwitzerland
Feb 27, '15Joyce Hurley QuartetSwitzerland
Feb 26, '15Joyce Hurley QuartetSwitzerland
Feb 12, '15Voice Of SoulGamla Stan
Jan 29, '15Leah HarrisNoel's, Stockholm
Jan 24, '15Band of Brothers feat Dan GraneroStampen, Stockholm
Jan 14, '15Zak, Toby and ItaloSwitzerland
Jan 02-12, '15London Soul SectionFrench Alps
Dec 20, '14Voice Of Soul feat Dan GraneroGamla Stan
Nov 01-30, '14Joyce Hurley & FriendsBaltic Sea
Oct 16-31, '14Joyce Hurley & FriendsBaltic Sea
Sep 27, '14Voice of SoulStampen, Stockholm
Sep 26, '14Band of Brothers, feat Dan GraneroStampen, Stockholm
Zak Keith in concert

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