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Drawing upon his experience in classical, jazz, rock, hardcore punk, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, world and improvised music, John Zorn has created a controversial and influential body of work that often defies academic categories. He has earned great respect within his own community and beyond by going his own way without compromise, developing a large network of supporters world wide, often in unexpected places. Born in 1953 and raised in New York City, Zorn has been a central figure in the Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats

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Julian Lage: Squint

Read "Squint" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Dopo aver scritturato negli scorsi anni due chitarristi di indubbio valore come Nels Cline e Bill Frisell, la Blue Note mette a segno un nuovo colpo assicurandosi i servigi di un altro virtuoso della sei corde, l'ex enfant prodige Julian Lage (che in realtà era già comparso in un titolo della label al fianco proprio di ...

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Anna Webber: Idiom

Read "Idiom" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Is Idiom, from composer, saxophonist, and flutist Anna Webber, new classical music or jazz? Yes. Is the music scored or improvised? Again, yes. Last question: Is it demanding or easy on the ears? Both. On the heels of two stellar releases, the septet Clockwise (Pi Recordings, 2019) and the Webber/Morris Big Band recording Both Are True ...

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Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana

Read "Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Se Nanni Moretti fosse nato nel 1973 invece che nel 1953, la famosa scena di Caro Diario che lo vede in sella ad un vespone per le strade vuote di una languida Roma ferragostana avrebbe avuto come colonna sonora la musica di Bill Frisell piuttosto che quella di Keith Jarrett. Perchè ogni epoca viene definita da ...

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Extrema Ratio: A Dangerous Method

Read "A Dangerous Method" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In 1989, John Zorn, in the liner notes of Spy Vs Spy (Elektra), a cover album of Ornette Coleman compositions, thanked (among many) the bands Napalm Death, Blind Idiot God, and The Accused, before finishing with “Fucking hardcore rules. Smash racism." Zorn's music comes slamming back to mind with A Dangerous Method from Extrema Ratio, because ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Fred Frith

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Fred Frith" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Moers Festival in Germany celebrates its 50th anniversary during this year's edition, between 21st and 24th of May. The English guitarist Fred Frith was always a frequent player at this festival, particularly during the 1980s, whether with Massacre, Skeleton Crew or playing bass with John Zorn's Naked City. In comparatively more recent years, he appeared ...

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Wadada Leo Smith with Milford Graves and Bill Laswell: Sacred Ceremonies

Read "Sacred Ceremonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


As he approached his eightieth birthday, Wadada Leo Smith could have been content to sit out the year of nothingness that Covid-19 brought in 2020 and beyond. With his 2013 Pulitzer Prize nomination, a 2016 Doris Duke Award, and nearly one-hundred recording credits, the trumpeter & multi-instrumentalist has landed at the top of countless polls throughout ...

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Article: Book Review

Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire

Read "Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


There Was a Fire-Jews Musica and the American Dream [Nuova edizione] Ben Sidran 404 pagine ISBN: # 978-0-578-77359-9 Nardis Books 2021 Esce in queste settimane negli Stati Uniti la nuova edizione—revisionata e aggiornata a tutto il 2020—del fondamentale volume di Ben Sidran del 2012, che delinea il contributo ...

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Article: Live From New York

Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance

Read "Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance" reviewed by John Pietaro


It took Brooklyn's Roulette performance space to break COVID-19's hold on Shelley Hirsch. Now, it seems there'll be no stopping her. The vocal acrobat, poet and performance artist was a new music original long before “downtown" moved across the East River. An original member of the avant rock band The Public Servants, Hirsch also ...

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Ignaz Schick / Oliver Steidle: ILOG2

Read "ILOG2" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The combination of Berlin based musicians Ignaz Schick and Oliver Steidle, known as ILOG, expands on the concepts of free improvisation with ILOG2 to include, for the lack of a better term, mania. Their frantic, often feverish, improvisations bring to mind both John Zorn's Naked City and William Burroughs' cut-ups. The opening piece, “There Is No ...


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