Meet Max ZT: Musical Director at Museum Hack 

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Max ZT is king of all things musical here at Museum Hack. He is actually the best hammered dulcimer player in the country. And we don’t take those kind of honours lightly. Find out more about him in the video, then read the interview below.

What do you do for Museum Hack?

I’m the Music Director for Museum Hack.

Why did you apply to work with Museum Hack?

I was first introduced to Museum Hack in the early days of its inception. Nick Gray is a good friend, and having me be a part of the team made sense from the very beginning.

Max in the musical instruments gallery

Tell us about one of your favorite Museum Hack experiences.

One day, I noticed someone talking to a group about the instruments in the the Musical Instruments Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The speaker knew all of the details of the specific instruments, so I stood listening to what he had to say. Suddenly, he looked up at me and said, “Hey! You’re Max ZT, the hammered dulcimer player!”  We talked a little, and he told me that he was finishing up a two year fellowship curating the Music Instrument Wing at the Met. I asked him his name and number so that we could stay in touch and he said “Allen Roda.”  I remember thinking, “Allen Roda…Allen Roda…Why do I know that name?” I looked in my phone, and I already had his number! It turned out that we were both on the same grant to India in 2010, and even though we had emailed several times to meet up, we never got the chance. Instead, we met 4 years later, in the Museum!
 

What’s are 3 fun facts that most people don’t know about you?

1. I’m considered the best hammered dulcimer player in the country.
2. I can eat spicier food than anyone I have ever met.
3. I’m a MASSIVE Chicago Bulls fan.
 
What music inspires you the most?
 
I find myself connecting and being inspired by many different styles and artists. Specifically kora music from West Africa, and North Indian Hindustani music.
 

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