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The Spike Orchestra and John Zorn's "The Book Beriah"

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"There's so much to it... Zorn as a person and as a musician is infinitely deep. Everything has layers and everything has meaning and I always assume that nothing Zorn has done is ever an accident or is there without a lot of thought... But at the same time its music and it has to exist on a purely sonic level and has to connect with you emotionally. If it only exists and works within those frameworks then, to me, it fails on some level."

Goodness knows what the genre purists will make of all this, but if the quality of the early previews is replicated across the whole collection the Spike Orchestra will have an album of the year in "Binah." The final word should be Eastmond's when asked how he would classify the music:

"It's language, its music but it's also everything! It's all such a whirl. A mystical realm and a spiritual realm—it's all of these things but at the end of the day it's just us talking. We're talking about love and energy and catharsis. The shorthand for all my arrangements is that we get together and have a hug. That's what it sounds like to me."


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