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Jazz em Agosto 2018

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2018" reviewed by Petra Cvelbar

For the first time in its history, the entire Jazz em Agosto programme was organised around a single musician. And the choice could hardly fall on a more striking name--both for the history of the festival and for the fundamental course of music he helped shape in the last decades: John Zorn, an artist with a highly personal style and whose activity is as prolific as it is varied. His music is so essential as a soundtrack for this time ...

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John Zorn: The Urmuz Epigrams

Read "The Urmuz Epigrams" reviewed by Don Phipps

Prolific composer John Zorn's The Urmuz Epigrams offers up an infectious mix of Stockhausen effects, polyrhythmic percussion, and twisty tunes, a combination which produces music that is unsettling, surprising, and humorous--often at the same time. All the pieces repeat themselves. Zorn notates the first rendition as “modern" and the second as “original." And while the dual versions of each piece offer variations, the general structures of the compositions remain similar. Zorn performs with Ches Smith, a ...

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Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina November 2-6, 2016 When your plane lands in Sarajevo, its wheels roll over the crumbling underground tunnel that was the only connection of the city to the outside world during the Serbian siege from April 5, 1992 to February 29, 1996. It was twenty years ago, and a few months later, in a devastated town, Edin Zubcevic launched his first jazz festival. “This ...

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John Zorn and Bill Laswell at The Stone

Read "John Zorn and Bill Laswell at The Stone" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

John Zorn/Bill Laswell The Stone New York, NY June 25, 2015 Associations between composer John Zorn and bassist Bill Laswell go back at least to the formation of their band Painkiller (with drummer Mick Harris) in 1991, and it was trailing the shadows of that potent abyss that they reconvened for a rare duo performance during a week-long Laswell residency at Zorn's curatorial sound space, The Stone. Both musicians are, of course, towering figures in ...

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John Zorn: Nosferatu

Read "Nosferatu" reviewed by Thomas Carroll

The idea of saxophonist/composer John Zorn writing music to accompany a production about vampires has exciting implications. After all, it would seem logical that a man who has, over the past 40 years, helped expand the scope of sounds that can be considered music should be able to craft something truly mind-bending when dealing with such a spooky subject. Surprisingly, however, Zorn has produced a relatively tame score that translates into an accessible album when confronted with the task of ...

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John Zorn: Gnostic Preludes

Read "John Zorn: Gnostic Preludes" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

John ZornGnostic PreludesTzadik2012 Composer John Zorn is a man of many projects, genres and styles. When once asked about styles, in Option, he replied “I'm not afraid of styles; I like them all." He also has a short attention span and because of that his music is a unique aural crosscut of styles--be it avant jazz, classical, cartoon cutups, free improv, computer music--continuously plunging himself into less expected musical territories. Being ...

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John Zorn: In Search of the Miraculous

Read "John Zorn: In Search of the Miraculous" reviewed by Warren Allen

John ZornIn Search of the MiraculousTzadik2010 John Zorn's compositions revel in a rare blend of allusion and mystery. His albums often exist both on a self-contained level as individual works of art, yet are simultaneously layered with tokens and tributes to the many artists who have shaped his unusually eclectic aesthetic. While the first album of his Alhambra Legacy compositional project consisted of a collection of light and airy melodies for piano ...

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John Zorn: Dictee / Liber Novus

Read "John Zorn: Dictee / Liber Novus" reviewed by Warren Allen

John ZornDictée / Liber NovusTzadik2010 If the ever-productive multi-instrumentalist John Zorn's compositional oeuvre yields one simple theme, it is the sheer variety of his interests and vision. Perhaps none of his personal oeuvres better encapsulate this than his file card compositions. These are usually extended pieces that consist of a vast number of diverse musical ideas, written down on file cards, which Zorn then cuts between in the studio, often at a ...

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John Zorn: Femina

Read "Femina" reviewed by Martin Longley

There are two notable elements to this album, before even listening to its contents. One is that composer John Zorn has created a work that pays tribute to female creators (his name checks include Yoko Ono, Agatha Christie and Joan Of Arc). The other is that he's making a return to his fabled file-card system of composition. The Cobra piece was the most notorious, notable and potent manifestation of this technique, where Zorn would prepare musical strategies to be spontaneously ...

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John Zorn: O'o

Read "O'o" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

When John Zorn released The Dreamers (Tzadik) in 2008, it might have seemed like a temporary aberration: Zorn the master of the arbitrary (Cobra), the cutting edge (Torture Garden) and the anarchic (too many projects to mention) had embraced the genres of lounge and 1950s exotica to produce music that, perhaps ironically, approached easy listening, building on the more tuneful elements in his Electric Masada and Morricone projects. It seems the aberration wasn't temporary. On O'o Zorn returns to the ...

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John Zorn: Femina

Read "Femina" reviewed by Mark Corroto

John Zorn returns to his famous “file card" technique of composing with Femina, a disc he wrote and conducts with an all-woman lineup, dedicated to women in the arts. Among those honored here are Meredith Monk, Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Madame Blavatsky, Isadora Duncan, Hélène Cixous, Gertrude Stein, Abe Sada, Sylvia Plath, Louise Bourgeois, Margaret Mead, Loie Fuller, Dorothy Parker, Yoko Ono and the moon goddess En Hedu'Anna.

Zorn first released Spillane (Elektra, 1988), a tribute to ...

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John Zorn: Femina

Read "Femina" reviewed by Troy Collins

Composer, bandleader and Tzadik label founder John Zorn has long honored women in the arts, through dedications such as “Redbird" (for Agnes Martin), “Duras" (for Marguerite Duras) and “In the Very Eye of Night" (for Maya Deren), and through Tzadik's Oracles Series, which “celebrates the diversity and creativity of women in experimental music." Femina is his first piece performed by an all female ensemble and is dedicated to women artists of various disciplines, including Hildegard von Bingen, Louis Bourgeois, Gertrude ...


Waltz for my Childhood

The last single of Jazzy Sky, a sweet Jazz song, about childhood memories...

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