Three bands, a comedy show and a cabaret act—Dr Sharonne Zaks of Sharonne Zaks Dental in Daylesford, VIC, knows how to keep herself busy.
“Up until very recently, I was playing trumpet in a band called Madre Monte, a very active 10-piece party band combining Colombian rhythms with reggae and ska. In 2014 we spent six weeks supporting The Cat Empire on their national tour. It was a huge thrill to travel around Australia, playing nightly to audiences of three to six thousand. The energy of the audiences was phenomenal and it was wonderful to see so much of the country in such a short time. Logistically, it was very gruelling—arriving, playing, packing up and moving on again.
“I also perform comedy and although it’s been a while (with music being my main focus), I’m planning to get back into it again. I’m in the process of writing a new show at the moment. Comedy is exhilarating but it can also be confronting, especially for a female performer.
“A few years ago, I combined my love of performing and music with dentistry. I wrote a dental cabaret show called Gobsmacked—A Celebration of the Mouth. I wanted to make a show that incorporated preventive oral health information in a less didactic way. I made it funny and sexy to appeal to teenagers and adults. I composed the music and a good friend wrote the lyrics. We performed it at a dental congress and at several music venues around Melbourne. It’s an incredible feeling when you connect with people and they dance to your music or laugh at your jokes. Up until recently, I was playing trumpet in three active bands and there were gigs or festival performances every weekend. My first musical love is the piano; I have been playing on and off since I was six. Over the past year, I decided to take a break from performing and focus on composing and playing the piano again. I have a number of songs ready to go that I’m really excited to share and develop. I’m in the process of getting a band together to perform these pieces.
“Dentistry, music and comedy are all very rewarding but combining them involves a lot of structure, focus and discipline. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”