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||Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus
||Adachi Tomomi: vocals,
Egawa Risa: vocals, Fukunaga Ayako: vocals, Iwata Chikako: vocals, Unami
Taku: vocals, Hirata: vocals
||Klezmer, East European folk
music, contemporary classical and Tuvan throat singing all came together in
this astonishing music of Ahva Raba, one of the most original and distinctive
Jewish groups based in contemporary Germany.
||Marianne Amacher is one of
electronic music s truly legendary mavericks, whose music has been presented
almost exclusively in huges spaces and installations for the past twenty
years. This diverse collection of electronic soundscapes and "ear-dances"
was chosen by the composer especially for Tzadik to work in the more intimate
settings of compact disc.
||Ambarchi & Avenaim,
||Alter Rebbe's Nigun
||Formerly orthodox Hasidic
students of Talmud and Tanya, these two members of the Australian punk unit
PHLEGM have brought together influences from Boredoms and the Japanese noise
scene, traditional Jewish Nigunim and Yiddish theatre, Marc Ribot, Ornette Coleman
and countless others to create a new world of twisted dreams and startling
sonorities. A must for all lovers of weirdness.
||A former student of Brian
Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum straddles the two worlds of modern classical
complexity and improvisational insanity. As one would expect, this first CD
devoted to his work is an eclectic compendium of homemade electro-percussion,
orchestral fireworks, virtuoso solo pieces and cartoon cut-ups. Intense, but
always with a sick Californian sense of humor, Catfish is a vexing and
delightful listening experience
||Great Jewish Music
||A fascinating tribute, the
first outside of Israel, to one of the most original and important composers
of modern Jewish music, whose hits spanned over six decades, from the 1930s
to the 1990s. Born in Moscow in 1914, Sasha Argov began composing during the
Palmach period in Israel and he quickly became one of Israel s most prolific
and beloved composers. Everyone knew and sang Argov s melodies, from the
ultra orthodox haredim to the average Jew on the street yet outside of Israel
his music is barely known. This fourth release of the thought-provoking Great
Jewish Music series presents an all-star lineup of Tzadik regulars, and some
very special guests.
guitars, electric bass, electric "wah-wah" guitar, vocals, b4
organ, whistles, guitar-bass, drum machine programming, percussion, celtic
harp, bouzouki, loops, sound effects; Ohta Hiromi: vocals, ukulele; Ma-To:
tabla; Ohta Keisuke: violin; Nonaka Masa Yuichi: drums
||Ayuo (whose name translates
as Fish-Light) is one of the most enigmatic figures in Japan, as unique a
figure as Moondog, Sun Ra or Haino Keiji, with whom he occasionally
||William Anderson: guitar;
The Sherry Quartet - Harumi Rhodes: violin, Aaron Boyd: violin, James Myer
Hogg: viola, Katherine Cherbas: cello; The Composers Quartet - Matthew
Raimondi: violin, Anahid Ajemian: violin, Jean Dupouy: viola, Michael
Tacuma,Jamaaladeen / Weston,Calvin,
||Harmolodic Noise Funk for
the 21st Century. The godfather of improvisation in a freewheeling trio with
the legendary Philly rhythm section of Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston,
friends for over thirty years and veterans of Ornette Coleman s Prime Time,
John Lurie s Lounge Lizards and various Blood Ulmer projects. Noise has never
sounded so in tune, funk has never sounded so fucked up. You ve never heard a
meeting like this before, nor are you likely to again. Intense, fascinating
and howlingly funny
||Experimental guitar wizard
Derek Bailey performs a program of his favorite standards in his own
inimitable and enigmatic style. Inspired and energized by a very special
vintage acoustic arch-top guitar, this intriguing solo recording is a
one-of-a-kind chance to hear the master pioneer of non-idiomatic free
improvisation perform compositions from the American Songbook
||Pieces for Guitar
||Private recordings of
incredible historical importance (practically the holy grail to fans of free
improvisation), Pieces for Guitar presents the earliest known solo recordings
of guitar innovator Derek Bailey. Dating from 1966 (possibly 1965) these pieces
were recorded for personal study during a transitional period and include
some of the only instances of him performing his own written compositions!!
Under the influence of the music of Anton Webern, Bailey began working
through a variety of techniques as he formalized his unique approach to music
in general and the guitar in particular. These fascinating recordings offer
us a rare glimpse into the secret world of one of the most original and
respected guitarists in the world.
||Beat the Donkey
||Madman virtuoso Cyro
Baptista has played with an incredible range of musicians, from Paul Simon,
Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Herbie Hancock to Medeski, Martin and
Wood, Phish and Sting. A distinctive composer and vocalist in his own right,
Beat the Donkey is his most exciting and longest running project.
||This is the first American
release from the wide-ranging Beresford, who has played punk and pop (in the
Slits, the Flying Lizards, the Frank Chickens) dub reggae (with Prince Far-I,
African Head Charge), improvisation (with Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, John
Zorn) and is perhaps best known for his lounge/MOR/TV-theme homage/parody
project, The Melody Four.
||Cue Sheets 2
||A veteran of countless
bands from the Slits to the Melody Four, Steve has been a central figure in
the British improvising scene for over thirty years working with the likes of
Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink.
||Prayers & Meditations
||And endlessly inventive
musical magician delving deep into his Jewish roots and coming up with sounds
you ve never imagined possible. Steve Bernstein has worked as musical
director for the likes of Hal Wilner, John Lurie s Lounge Lizards and his own
madcap bar band Sex Mob, but this newest project is his best yet. Jewish
contunical melodies wailing over Afro-Cuban percussion. A funky New Orleans
rhythm section setting up Klezmer classics. Diaspora Soul is this and more.
One of the most exhilarating releases this or any other year.
||Steven Bernstein, one of
the energy centers of the downtown scene here joins legendary reedman Sam
Rivers and his trio for an inspiring program of cantorial melodies associated
with the great chazzan Moshe Koussevitzky, perhaps the greatest cantor of all
time. Moving ballads, hypnotic grooves and free jazz to soothe your soul and
stimulate your libido from the man who brought you Diaspora Soul, one of the
most popular CDs in the Tzadik catalog. Steven Bernstein: trumpet, slid
||La Mar Enfortuna
||Sensuous and lyrical, La
Mar Enfortuna is a beautiful modern exploration of Sephardic melodies,
creatively arranged by the masterminds of the popular rock group Elysian
Fields, Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles. Breathy vocals, exotic instruments
and a sensibility that embraces jazz, funk, folk, rock and Latin music blend
to make a CD to be enjoyed again and again.
||Bolan,Marc / T Rex,
||Great Jewish Music
||Highlighting music by some
of the greatest Jewish composer in the past several decades, The Great Jewish
Music series has paid tribute to first Burt Bacharach, Serge Gainsbourg and
now British glam-rock pioneer Marc Bolan. Named as a primary influence by
seminal punk rockers like the Ramones and Johnny Rotten, Marc Bolan and his
group T. Rex forged a new music in the early 70's, confounding audiences and
critics alike with his mercurial style changes and experimentations.
Rejecting the complex time signatures and advanced harmonies in fashion at
the time, Bolan went back to the basics, bringing a primitive raunchy edge to
his colorful cast of fantasy characters. This compilation features a
spectacular lineup of some of the most adventurous and creative rockers
around, and is sure to be one of the most popular CD presented on the Tzadik
label to date.
||What Is It Like to Be a Bat
||Kitty Brazelton: voice,
computer soundtracks, electric bass, Dafna Naphtali: voice, electric guitar,
Danny Tunick: drums, octapad, voice, electric bass, Paul Geluso: filtering,
||Paul Brody is a remarkable
trumpet player, composer and arranger based in Berlin. For his first Tzadik
release he has brought together some of the best Klezmer players from the
U.S. and Germany to create a Jewish music supergroup. The music combines exciting
arrangements, catchy tunes and compelling solos into another classic of the
new Jewish Renaissance. Along with Masada, the New Klezmer Trio and Naftule s
Dream, Paul Brody is forging a new Jewish jazz for the 21st Century with
imagination and a solid knowledge of tradition.
||The mastermind behind the
powerful band Larval, and a veteran of the early Rhys Chatam orchestras, Bill
Brovold s complex compositions smash the borders of rock and classical music.
Highly structured and meticulously crafted, these quirky sound sculptures
jump from mood to mood from Zappa to Henry Cow, the Zen Vikings to Glenn
Branca, Brovold has created a powerful new instrumental rock that tells a
||Chris Brown, San Francisco
based composer, pianist and electronic instrument builder, studied with
Gordon Mumma, David Rosenbloom and William Brooks. His work has been
described in print as "a free flowing improvisatory parade of
sound." Brown teaches composition and electronic music at the
prestigious Mills College in Oakland. He is a member of the group Room with
William Winant and Larry Ochs, and has composed for Ochs' Rova Saxophone
Quartet. His music has been released on the Artifact, Sound Aspects, Centaur
and Music & Arts labels.
||Fourteen exotic musical
miniatures crafted by the brilliant accordionist from Tin Hat Trio, one of
San Francisco s most acclaimed and popular bands. Accompanied by bassist Greg
Cohen (Masada, Tom Waits, Lou Reed), drummer Kenny Wollesen (Bill Frisell, Sex
Mob, The Wollesens) and a gaggle of vintage keyboards, Rob Burger has created
a fun and fabulous adventure into exotica and west coast lounge, Jewish
style. Moody melodies to make your brain dance and your heart smile.
||Voices of Anxious Objects
||Performing on hybrid
instruments of his own creation, Ken has been performing to enthusiastic
audiences everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Pink Pony
bar, accompanied by the intoxicating rhythms of Seido Salifoski and Stomu
||A native of Taiwan,
Chien-Yin Chen is a marvelous young composer who spent ten years in Germany
studying with Gyorgi Ligeti, and is now living in New York. Her work is
remarkably inventive, honest and meticulously crafted. Purr, her debut CD
features five different pieces showing her love of Chinese traditional music,
improvisation, and the Western classical tradition, which she effortlessly
reinvents, creating an impressive original sound world. Includes two large
ensemble pieces, one featuring pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen, a bizarre duo for
organ and bass, a trio for three guitars and more.
||Cohen,Danny / Boner,Mike /
Horse Cock Kids,
||Self-Indulgent Music -
Lunatic Fringe Series
||Danny Cohen and Mike Boner
both hail from California, Horse Cock Kids are based in Cologne but they all
share an intense passion for their own self-indulgent fantasies.
||Museum of Dannys
||Arrangements as creative as
Esquivel, lyrics as real as Dylan, hooks as catchy as Brian Wilson.
||From traditional Sephardic
melodies to Latin-influenced originals by way of Thelonious Monk and Jelly
Roll Morton, to an Irving Fields arrangement from the classic '50s Borsht
Belt mambo/cha-cha album, Bagels & Bongos, Anthony Coleman takes a
radical approach to the classic jazz piano trio.
||Selfhaters is a masterpiece
two years in the making, charting the darker realms of the Jewish experience.
Essential listening for anyone who has ever suffered the pains of alienation
and rejection - or wants to!
||One of the most original
groups in modern Japan, Compostela blends folk musics of Eastern Europe with
the tradition of Japanese chindon (street musicians who play at grand
openings of supermarkets and pachinko parlors, dressed as geishas and
||Cracow Klezmer Band,
||Another brilliant release
by one of the most important bands in the New Jewish Renaissance.
Passionately blending tradition and modernity with impressive virtuosity, the
Cracow Klezmer Band continues to present some of the most breathtaking new
Jewish music being made today. Featuring an exciting female vocalist and a
dark, free form track about the creation of the world, Bereshit is their
greatest CD yet.
||Cracow Klezmer Band,
||Taraf de Haidouks meets
Astor Piazzola in this beautiful recording exploring the secret connection
between the Gypsies and the Jews. The Cracow Klezmer Band is an astounding
quartet of young Polish virtuosos whose dynamic original compositions and
creative arrangements distinguish them as one of the most exciting bands in
today s Jewish Renaissance.
||Cracow Klezmer Band,
||Each piece telling a
different dramatic narrative, The Warriors is another brilliant release by
one of Europe s most original and exciting avant-Klezmer ensembles. Based in
the historic city of Cracow, one of the last strongholds of Jewish life in
Poland and home to one of the most important annual festivals of Jewish music
in the world, this brilliant quartet blends the spontaneity of improvisation,
the precision of classical music and the soul of the Jewish tradition.
Ever-surprising new music by this thrilling band of virtuosos.
||Alvin Curran, a persistant
innovator in today's new music world, brings the whole environment into
unpredictable focus through his sonic fireworks, sharp wit and timeless
||Performed by virtuosic
madman William Winant, who has worked with John Cage, Anthony Braxton, Mr.
Bungle, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Thurston Moore, Terry Riley, Cecil Taylor
and countless others, Theme Park is a major new work by Alvin Curran and one
of the most dynamic solo percussion compositions of the decade. Coupled with
a kaleidoscopic tribute to jazz giant Charlie Parker, this newest CD by one
of today s most important musical pioneers incorporates minimalism,
structuralism and post-modernism into an exhilarating new aggregate.
||Paul Hanson: bassoon,
clarinet; Daniel Hoffman: violin; Kevin Mummey: dumbeg, zarb; Moses Sedler:
||DAVKA is an acoustic group
at the forefront of the new Jewish Renaissance. Based in San Francisco these
three masterful musicians, have been performing modern Jewish music since
1992. Their third release (the first two, now out of print, are soon to be released
on Tzadik) features their flowing melodic compositions and magical interplay
in ten distinctive compositions drawing upon Sephardic and Ashkenazi
traditions, jazz and classical chamber music. Beautiful, soulful music
performed with astonishing technique and passion.
||Romantic violin melodies,
moody cello vamps and crisp percussion: a classic of new Jewish music is
finally back in print from Tzadik. A brilliant mix of world music, jazz and
klezmer, Davka is one of the most beautiful and virtuosic bands in the New
Klezmer Renaissance. Lavy s Dream, originally recorded in 1996, is released
here in a newly remastered edition with five exciting bonus tracks.
||Death Ambient s eponymous
debut CD was released in 1995 to great critical acclaim and continues to be
one of Tzadik s best sellers. Synaesthesia is the long-awaited follow-up and
it finds them exploring new territory.
||Tenko / Ikue Mori:Mystery
||For over twenty years, Ikue
Mori and Tenko have been on the forefront of new music, both here and in
Japan. Veterans of countless classic bands from DNA to Dragon Blue, and
collaborations with just about every musicians in the new music underground,
from Kim Gordon and Arto Lindsay to Bill Laswell, Derek Bailey, the Boredoms,
Haino Keiji and Fred Frith.
||De Gli Antoni,Mark,
||Mark DeGliAntoni, the
talented sampler magician for the pop group Soul Coughing studied composition
at the Manhattan School of Music and released his first recording in 1995 on
the Avant label as part of the experimental composer collective Rough Assemblage.
Horse Tricks is his first solo release and features many of his acclaimed
musical colleagues in a variety of musical contexts showcasing the wide range
of Mark s compositional interests.
||Denyer / Barton Workshop,
inventor and instrument builder Frank Denyer is a legendary figure in the
Harry Partch/Scelsi tradition. His music is utterly unique and intensely
personal, often requiring specialized new instruments of his own design and
radical playing techniques. Fired City presents six of his most dynamic
compositions in definitive performances supervised by the composer himself.
Having worked closely with Denyer for many years, The Barton Workshop is
unsurpassed in this repertoire and performs it with passion and a meticulous
attention to detail. These very special recordings, the group s best, show
various sides of this enigmatic composer, making Fired City the best place to
enter Denyer s mysterious and imaginative musical world.
||Derek & Ruins,
||Saisoro is a rare meeting
of the British guitarist Derek Bailey, one of the world's foremost
improvisers, and the amazing Japanese rock band Ruins, who have never before
improvised on album.
||Unusual and quirky sampling
collages from the Italian neo-primitive composer Giustino Di Gregorio.
Combining modern technology with concepts inspired by John Oswald s
plunderphonics and mystery tapes, these charming and intriguing sound pieces
chop, mix and blend known and unknown musical shapes into startling new
compositions for the 21st Century
||Powerful and hypnotic,
dousidz has created a unique mix combining club music with heavy rock riffs,
dub studio techniques, noise and sexy vocals.
||Nine new compositions
pushing the boundaries of instrumental virtuosity. From the lyricism of Air
to Mir, commissioned by the Library of Congress, the textures of Spin X for
two basses and two percussionists, to the virtuosity of his own solo bass
music and more, Marinade displays the full range of Mark Dresser s
compositional vision. A nine year veteran of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and
a vital member of the downtown scene, collaborating with Tim Berne, Diamanda
Galas and many others, Mark Dresser has been a creative force in new music
for over twenty years
||This CD features two of
Mark's most important recent works. Banquet is a double concerto for flute,
bass and string quartet, featuring the Swiss flute virtuoso Matthias Ziegler
and Mr. Dresser himself. Twisting timbres, jagged melodies and driving rhythms
combine in this exciting work exploring extended instrumental techniques.
Loss of the Innocents, written for the unusual combination of tuba, cello and
clarinet, is a piece of haunting beauty. A kaddish for the victims of the TWA
Flight 800, this poignant and lyrical memorial to two members of the Wayne
Shorter family is a fitting coda to this brilliant collection of Mark
Dresser's chamber compositions.
||American composer Arnold
Dreyblatt (now living in Berlin) studied under minimalist greats LaMonte
Young, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, and formed the Orchestra Of Excited
Strings in1979. Dreyblatt has released previous albums on India Navigation
and Hat Art (Switzerland).
||One of the most respected
and versatile reed players in New Music, Marty has been an integral member in
the units of Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton and Bobby
Bradford, among others. He has released many critically-acclaimed CDs on a
variety of labels, but none more touching or personal as Sojourn, his
contribution to Tzadik s series of Radical Jewish Culture. Exploring the
roots of his own Jewish heritage, Marty take us on a new path with his
intimate Dark Woods ensemble, touching upon Coltrane and Klezmer on his
journey. Sojourn is a very special release by one of today s most
accomplished composer/performers. A musician s musician, his compositions are
contrapuntally more complex and have a delightful folklike simplicity.
||One of the most important
releases this year, Jewlia Eisenberg s radical setting of texts by Walter
Benjamin, Asja Lacis and Gershom Sholem point to a whole new style of
acappela vocal music. Drawing upon traditions from doo-wop to Meredith Monk,
Eskimo throat singing, to Hebrew cantilation and more, Trilectic is as
charming as it is challenging. A brilliant vocalist and bandleader (Charming
Hostess) Jewlia has studied a wide variety of vocal techniques, including the
secular vocal music of women in the Jewish Falasha tribe in Ethiopia. An
astonishing solo debut by this intensely creative musical thinker.
||Fima Ephron, the dynamic
bassist for the psycho-semitic-avant-klez-band Hasidic New Wave steps out on
his own for yet another new approach bringing Jewish music into the 21st
Century. Soul Machine blends Jewish scales and sensibilities with jazz/rock
fusion via Weather Report and late Miles. Boasting an incredible lineup of
downtown s newest jazz stars, Fima s colorful program also features a moody
remix collage by the talented composer/performer David Torn.
||Music for Violin Alone
||Made over 45 albums as a
sideman with the likes of Lee Konitz, John Zorn, Time Berne, Ray Anderson,
George Gruntz, Don byron, Anthony Davis, Guy Klucevsek and Bobby Previte and
was a member of Arcado Trio. A collection of compositions synthesizing new music,
romantic virtuoso violin gestures and improvisation. With its fresh
non-academic approach, this debut release injects new life into solo violin
||Luc Ferrari is one of the
most important and original personalities in the history of French
"musique concrete." Irreverent, psychosexual and always
fascinating, Ferrari's work manifests itself in texts, instrumental textures,
electroacoustic compositions, reportings, films, theater, etc. It is an honor
for Tzadik to release two of his most important works from the 1970's,
recorded under the supervision of the composer himself. Place des Abbesses,
the first electro acoustic work realized at his home studio in Paris, 1977,
is an evocative portrait of a small square between The Sacred Heart of God
and Saints and the Pigalle of licentiousness and sex, two familiar Ferrari
obsessions. Cellule 75 is an explosive, dynamic work for piano, percussion
and tape, balancing improvisational spontaneity with the more exact writing
of classical forms.
||Dreamspeed / Blindlight
||Anton Fier: drums,
percussion, samples, loops; Bill Laswell: bass; Matt Stein: loops and
samples; Bootsy Collins: guitars; Phew: voice/text; Buckethead: guitar;
Makino Kazu: voice; Nicky Skopelitis: 6 and 12 string electric guitars; Knox
Chandle: guitars; Aiyb Dieng: percussion; Lori Carson: wordless vocals; Lydia
Kavanagh: wordless vocals
||Freedom Is Wings:
Remembering Tom Cora / Various
||2CD Tom Cora s premature
death in 1997 was a tragic blow to contemporary music. One of the founding
members of the downtown improvising scene, Tom was a vital member of some of
the most important cutting-edge groups of the past twenty years, including Skeleton
Crew, The Ex, Curlew, John Zorn s game pieces and Eugene Chadbourne s
||Arriving in New York City
early 1977, Reck was a vital member of the New York No Wave Punk scene,
playing bass with James Chance and the Contortions and Lydia Lunch. Returning
to Tokyo in 1978 he founded Friction, one of the most important and longest
running underground bands in Japan.
||Active for over a decade,
New York cellist Erik Friedlander is finally receiving due recognition, not
just as a musician, but as a composer of note. These works display his unique
take on Radical Jewish Culture - sweeping melodic lines (reminiscent of cantorial
singing) in instrumental arrangements that are both adventurous and
||Grains of Paradise
||One of the most important
cellists in New Music and a dynamic bandleader and composer in his own right,
Erik Friedlander has been a vital voice in the bands of Dave Douglas, Joe
Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and John Zorn for over a decade. His latest project finds
him surrounded by ten violins and rhythm section. Moments of lush
romanticism, fiery brilliance and hypnotic moods, Grains of Paradise is an
exciting trip to exotic lands inspired by the spices of the Orient.
||Eye to Ear 2
||Fred Frith: guitars, bass,
piano, keyboards, violin, accordion, ocarina, kalimba, drum samples, mobius
instruments, voice, toys, low-grade sound effects; Gail Brand: trombone;
Heather Heise: accordion; Fei Wu: gu zheng; Anne Hege: voice
||Frith,Fred / Rova
||Freedom in Fragments
||Active since 1978, the
dynamic Rova Saxophone quartet has collaborated with and commissioned from
some of the world s greatest composers. Here they give a dynamic reading of
Fred Frith s major composition Freedom in Fragments, which was written
expressly for them and comprises a series of short compositions that can be
played in whole or in part and in any given sequence. Rova has chosen the
most rigorous of these, and the final sequence, created by the composer
himself, gives a seamless flow to the overall listening experience.
Messiaenic harmonic shifts, catchy folk melodies, complex dance rhythms and
looping minimalism from one of new music s original border crossers.
||Eye to Ear
||Famous as an improviser and
a rock guitarist (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Residents, Massacre, Skeleton Crew,
French/Frith/Kaiser/Thompson), Fred Frith is still highly under-rated as a
||"Pacifica" is a
major new composition by the world-famous guitarist, improvisor and composer,
Fred Frith. Over an hour in length and composed for a large ensemble of
winds, strings and percussion, Pacifica sets the poetry of Pablo Neruda into
a seductive and hypnotizing sound world that slowly metamorphoses into
something altogether different. Lyrical written passages, inspired
improvisations, sensual vocals and provocative sound effects all come
together into a fascinating whole - one of Fred Frith's most brilliant
||Fred Frith is one of the
world s greatest originals on the guitar, a composer/performer who has been
at the forefront of avant garde music since the early 70s. Clearing is his
first solo guitar recording in over twenty years (since his classic Live In Japan
of 1981) and his first solo studio recording since his groundbreaking Guitar
Solos of 1974. Of the three existing solo recordings by this quirky musical
master, Clearing is undoubtedly the most dynamic, the most direct and
sonically the best recorded. An absolute must have for all fans of guitar
music, improvisation and the avant garde
computer-controlled synthesizer tuned in just notation (a la Harry Partch)
with Buddhist chant, Japanese traditional instruments, Indonesian gamelan
modes, and Navaho text.
||Patterns of Plants
tuning systems (just intonation, Pythagorean) with traditional instruments of
China and Japan (sho, koto and the ancient 25-stringed zither, the hitsu).
Fujieda has again created a world of sound never before imagined possible.
Delicate and subtle variations of tone and timbre give a whole new life to
classical musical forms such as the passacagalia and strophic variations in
this bizarre and fascinating mixture of European Medieval music, the
traditions of Asia and modern science.
classical and traditional Japanese folk music blend seamlessly in Satoko
Fujii s powerful and unique musical universe.
||Great Jewish Music
||Days of Run Away
||One of America s true
maverick composers, a friend of Partch, Nancarrow, Cage and countless others,
Peter Garland is a tireless champion of new music, a passionate writer and
one of the true unsung pioneers of minimalism. These evocative early piano
pieces create hypnotic moods of impressionistic beauty and are some of his
most personal musical statements. Beautifully performed by the brilliant
pianist Aki Takahashi, to whom many of his works have been dedicated, this is
an incredibly gorgeous CD of rediscovered masterpieces from the early days of
||No Stranger Not At All
||Gisburg's debut release is
"imaginary movie music" by an extraordinary young vocalist and
composer, including dramtic text and Chinese and African traditional
||Shadows in the Sea
||Using texts by Majakowski,
Plath and Fassbinder, Gisburg's second Tzadik CD continues her fascinating
exploration of imaginary movie music. With a dramatic edge combining the
smoky tones of Marlene Dietrich, the acrobatics of Cathy Berberian and an
Ellingtonian sense of orchestration, she creates a unique compositional style
that can't be pigeon-holed.
||Gisburg's newest Tzadik
recording couples two masterful compositions onto one disc. Her heartfelt
opera for solo voice about the ups and downs of doomed and obsessive love is
one of her most personal and striking compositional statements to date, a
powerful combination of stark emotional content, minimalist melody and
narrative charm. "Anna" shows Gisburg's profound command of classic
instrumental writing - a lush and dramatic string quartet performed by the
brilliant Cassatt Quartet
||Goldberg,Ben / Schott,John
||What Comes Before
compositions and improvisations for clarinet, guitar and percussion create a
delicate musical universe balancing space and movement, thoughts unimagined,
||Goode,Daniel / Crosstown
Ensemble / Grunin,
||Daniel Goode (1936),
composer and clarinetist, was born in New York, studied philosophy, and then
music with Henry Cowell, Otto Luening, Pauline Oliveros and Kenneth Gaburo.
He is director of the Electronic Music Studio of Rutgers University, and
co-director of the DownTown Ensemble, which he co-founded in New York in
1983. "Tunnel-Funnel", composed in 1985 is one of his most
ambitious and exhilarating works. It was premiered in 1988 by the DownTown
Ensemble conducted by David Gilbert, repeated at the New Music America in
1989 festival and at Bang On A Can Festival 1996 performed by the Crosstown
Ensemble under Eric Grunin.
||Gosfield / Flux String /
||Flying Sparks & Heavy
||Annie Gosfield s second
amazing CD for Tzadik takes acoustic and electric music into dynamic new
realms. Factory sounds&improvisation&lush sonorities&junk percussion&twangy
guitars&classic minimalism&delicate harmonics&odd drones&rock&sirens&string
quartets&driving rhythms&ambients&noise&complex structures&jack hammers and
more from one of downtown s most interesting composers.
||Burnt Ivory & Loose
||Influenced by Harry Partch,
Sun Ra and San Francisco s Musee Mecanique s collection of old nickelodeons
and player pianos, Annie Gosfield presents us with a new view of microtonal
||Adonai in Dub
||A member of the popular
reggae band John Brown's Body, David Gould has been fascinated with the
spiritual connections between Roots Reggae and Judaism for years. Adonai in
Dub is his fascinating response. Traditional Hebrew prayers beautifully
performed in Gould's inspiring arrangements, are deconstructed for the
Radical Jewish Series by dub master Jamie Saft into an entirely new universe
of space dub noise. Extreme dub meets the Jewish tradition via Sun Ra, Shlomo
Carlebach and Lee Perry.
healer, Milford Graves is first and foremost one of the world's great
geniuses of the drum. Rarely heard live, even more rarely found in the
studio, a new recording by Milford Graves is a special event. Long overdue,
this is the CD that free jazz fans and every drummer in the world has been
waiting for: his music for solo drums. Intense, shooting off in all
directions at once and yet always firmly rooted in the tradition, Tzadik is
proud to release this important and historic solo recording by one of the
world's legendary drum masters.
||A drummer of unparalleled
power and creativity, Milford Graves is a living legend. This second volume
in a continuing series documenting the solo music of one of the world s most
incredible musicians was performed on a special percussion setup allowing unprecedented
simultaneity. Playing with his hands, feet, elbows and head Professor Milford
Graves takes us to another world with his driving rhythms, intense energy,
impassioned vocals. Absolutely riveting.
||Great Jewish Music /
||2CD: Following on the
enormous success of Tzadik's Burt Bacharach collection, this second
installment of Tzadik's Great Jewish Music series focuses on the songs of
French composer Serge Gainsbourg. A superstar since the 1950's in his native
France, Gainsbourg is barely known here in the United States - a condition
this special tribute to his genius hopes in some way to remedy. In addition
to Tzadik regulars, Tzadik is proud to be able to include tracks by Cibo
Matto, Elysian Fields, Kramer, Franz Treichler (of the Young Gods), Blonde
Redhead and many, many others. 21 tracks by 21 artists - over 74 minutes of
music, all on one dynamic disc. This is an unusual project that you will play
again and again, discovering new delights with each listen.
||Null & Void
||Led by turntable
wizard/guitarist/ composer Otomo Yoshihide, the fast and furious Ground Zero
combine creative juxtapositions and oddball sampling with the raw power of a
live six-piece band.
||Tomohiro Yahiro - Percussion, Sachi Hayasaka
- Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Toshiki Nagata - Bass, Percussion, Kido
Natsuki - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Bandolin, Ogimi Gen
||Cutting-edge chamber music
from one of the most prolific and ubiquitous composer-performers in new
music. A veteran of countless musical projects whose experience includes jazz
and funk bands, improvising units with Derek Bailey and Evan Parker, compositions
for orchestra and big band and over ten years as percussionist in the Anthony
Braxton quartet, Gerry s music is a magical blend of compositional structure
and improvisational excitement, drawing upon his deep knowledge of classical,
jazz and world E24traditions. Featuring complex string writing and wild
percussive fireworks, this CD is one of Gerry s greatest achievements.
||Pacific String Quartet -
Ursula Oppens: piano, Erik Friedlander: cello, Pheeroan AkLaff: drums,
percussion, Marty Ehrlich: soprano and alto sax, flute, Oliver Lake: soprano
and alto sax, flute, Sam Furnace: soprano and alto sax, flute, Aaron Stewart:
tenor sax, flute, Robert DeBellis: tenor sax, flute, clarinet, Tim Berne:
alto and baritone sax, J.D. Parran: baritone sax, flute, clarinet
||O Little Town of East New
||Shelley Hirsch is a
marvelous performer with remarkable vocal talents, charm and a wicked sense
of humor. She is one of the best-knownimprovisers of the Downtown New York
City scene, performing with virtually every major experimental artist in New
York and Europe, but has thus far released only two albums of her own music
(both released only in Europe).
||Far in Far Out Worlds of
recordings, rare live performances and new pieces never before available, The
Far In, Far Out Worlds of Shelley Hirsch is the ultimate collection of one of
the most original and charismatic vocalists of our time.
||Haco: vocals, electric
mandolin, effects, synthesizers, jew's harp, electronics, theremin; Yagi
Michiyo: koto, chorus, perpared shamisen, spoken voice; Era Mari: drums,
vibraphone, percussion, bass marimba, bamboo xylophone; Christopher Stephens:
electronics, keyboard, violin, crickets
||Produced and arranged by
enigmatic mystical traveller Eyvind Kang, Blue Marble is a CD of surreal folk
songs by singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada.
||Memories Are My Only
||A beautiful CD of quirky
instrumentals from the hip mind of Yuka Honda, co-founder of the pop band
||Circus:Film Music 1998-2001
||Over seventy minutes of
sound cues touching upon jazz, funk, folk, ambient, world music and
classical, are meticulously crafted into a variety of highly personal hybrids
in Wayne s inimitable style.
||Born in Waco, Texas, Jerry
Hunt was a friend of Jack Ruby, a pianist in strip clubs, a student of the
occult and founder of his own mail order church at the age of 13. Jerry Hunt
was also one of the great pioneers of live electronic music performance. Very
much a modern-day shaman, he designed most of his own equipment and used it
in unique ways to create backdrops for his magical performances that referred
to, among many other things, exotic ritual, the esoteric traditions of
Rosicrucianism, Aleister Crowley and modern science. The Song Drapes were
some of Jerry s last and greatest creations and this special first release,
authorized by the Hunt estate, includes performances by two of Jerry s
closest friends and collaborators, vocalist Shelley Hirsch and perfomance
artist Karen Finley, and one track featuring the popular vocalist Mike
||Riff & Transfiguration
||One of America s most
important composers of concert music. Concentrating on his dynamic music for
piano, this exciting CD presents a fascinating sextet for hammered dulcimer,
clarinet, piano and strings, and three solo piano compositions performed by
Stephen Drury, Mia Chung and Judith Gordon, three of today s most acclaimed
virtuosos. An exciting adventure into a new world of sound, space and texture
from one of new music s guiding lights.
||Flower After Flower
||Born in California, raised
in Texas and now based in NYC, Susie Ibarra is one of the most sought after
drummers in the downtown scene having worked with Derek Bailey, David S.
Ware, Ikue Mori, Dave Douglas and Matthew Shipp among others. Of Filipino
descent, her music blends Asian traditions, free jazz, improvisation and
minimalism into evocative and dynamic soundscapes. This exciting recording
features her in a variety of contexts, both solo and with an all-star group
of her most illustrious musical compatriots. The sounds of Kulintang
(Filipino gamelan), fiery free-jazz drumming, Leo Smith s delicate trumpet
and the deep listening accordion of Pauline Oliveros all come together to
make this one of the most unusual recordings of the year.
||Born in California, raised
in Texas and a New York resident since 1989, Susie Ibarra has become one of
the most distinctive drummers in the world.
||Perhaps the most
interesting electronic music since the classic period of Stockhausen and
||Fragment of Dots
||Kyushu native Tetsu Inoue s
recent works connect the vivid environments-in-sound of classical ambient
with the stark, conspicuous timbral explorations of academic computer music.
||The first release of Ito's
original 1961 recordings, authorized by the composer's estate. Teiji Ito was
one of contemporary music's most elusive mavericks. Born in Tokyo in 1935, he
moved to NY at the age of six, and by 1952, at the age of seventeen, he was
already composing music for the influential avant-garde film work of Maya
Deren. Accompanying her to Haiti in 1955, Ito learned ceremonial and secular
drumming techniques from the legendary Haitian musician Coyote. Applying
these principles to his knowledge of traditional Japanese music, contemporary
classical and African traditions, Ito's scores are a shocking precursor to
today's cutting-edge composers.
||Music for Films
||The mastermind behind such
bands as the Microscopic Septet and the Transparent Quartet, Phillip has
spent much of the past five years composing music for films.
||Jon: organ & voice
||Story of Iceland
||From the twisted world of
pop, rock, classical and world music, to acts of revolution and riots in the
streets violinist, composer, conceptualist, raconteur and world traveller
Eyvind Kang takes us on an exciting new trip to Iceland. An avid fan of underground
esoterica and a generous collaborator with the likes of Bill Frisell, Marc
Ribot, Arto Lindsay, Ikue Mori and many others, Kang is at his best in the
studio, creating incredibly complex sound sculptures filled with meticulous
detail, power and vision. His most recent CD, three years in the making
features a rare appearance of Indian violinist Kala Ramnath, a bizarre cult
anthem (10:10) and a beautiful piece scored for gamelan
||Kang began learning violin
at age 6 - he has since performed and/or recorded with Bill Frisell, the Sun
City Girls, John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz and Motel 6, Joe McPhee, Deformation and
others. He has also composed scores for film, theater and dance.
||Theater of Mineral Nades
||Eyvind Kang has one of the
strangest musical minds on the scene today. His first release 7 NADEs was on
many "Best 10" lists of 1996 and this second installment of his
"NADEs" series is, as one would expect, something completely different.
Medieval crumhorns, ecstatic arrangements, lilting melodies, unusual concepts
and, of course, Eyvind's virtuosic violin stylings. This epic work, a year
and a half in the making, is Kang's personal take on "East" and
"West." Theater Of Mineral NADEs is Kang's Sgt. Pepper's.
||Death Ambient teams three
of the world's most exciting improvisers in a fascinating album that blurs
styles and smashes genres in a dark world of unusual sounds and unorthodox
||Choirs of the Eye
||Dark metal music on an
orchestral scale, with powerful riffs, haunted vocals, violin, French horn
and much more. Formerly known as Maudlin of the Well, with a dedicated gothic
following, their newest recording, over a year in the making, takes them into
an adventurous new world where heavy rock and classical music meet ritual.
Magical and compelling music from a young band breaking new ground in the
||Keiji,Haino / Laswell,Bill
||Decided Already Motionless
Heart of Tranquility
||Tenshi No Gijinka
||Haino Keiji, enigmatic
noise troubadour from Tokyo, has exploded on the American/European scene in
the past two years, enthralling both experimental enthusiasts and alternative
||Ecstasy to Frenzy
||Rodd Keith: vocals, piano,
organ, chamberlain, composer, arranger
||I Died Today
||A retrospective of an
American original - the varied works of Rodd Keith (aka Rod Rogers), the
musical auteur of MSR's send-us-your-lyrics record label, and the insane
genius of Beat Of The Traps and The Makers Of Smooth Music.
||2 Foot Yard
||Carla Kihlstedt is one of
the most versatile violinists in new music, is much at home performing
Stravinsky s Histoire du Solidat on the concert stage, swinging jazz solos in
the popular Tin Hat Trio, scraping noise improvisations with Derek Bailey or
rocking out at CBGBs with her SF based band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.
||Berlin resident Leonid
Soybelman's frantic originals and punk covers of klezmer classics (sung in
Yiddish) jerks Jewish music into the 21st Century with a refreshing approach
that hits you like a metal matzoh ball. Featuring the remarkable guitarist
Andy Ex (of the Dutch band The Ex) and drummer Tony Buck (formerly of Japan's
Guy Klucevsek has played with the Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Bill
Frisell, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn and Robin Holcomb, and is also a highly
original composer in his own right. These stirring compositions are inspired
by (among other things) John Cage, African melodies, sacrificial chickens and
Fresh Kills, the world's largest landfill. Klucevsek has seven previous
albums on Review, CRI, JMR, XI, Eva and Rec Rec and has been featured at
Lincoln Center, the Berlin Jazz Festival and on the television show, Mr.
||Dance of the Idiots
||Sid Gauld - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Lee Levin
- Vocals, Gilad Atzmon - Clarinet, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Koby
Israelite - Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Drums, Guitar
(Electric), Keyboards, Vocals, Yaron Stavi - Bass (Upright), Electric
||Makigami Koichi is the
leader of one of Japan's longest running underground bands, Hikashu, which
has evolved from an electronic pop band to embrace world music,
improvisation, noise and other styles.
||Creative and versatile,
Makigami's first CD of solo voice improvisations was a favorite of vocalists
from Mike Patton to Pavarotti.
||Featuring Japan s latest
guitar sensation Kido Natsuki, Korekyojin is a burning instrumental trio
mixing the raw power of rock, the wild edge of improvisation, and the complex
stop-on-a-dime compositional structures that Yoshida and very few others have
||David Krakauer (clarinet,
composer) combines the diverse influences of Jewish and Balkan clarinet
styles, minimalism, jazz and shredded Muzak to create a style uniquely his
own. He has performed and recorded with the Klezmatics and John Zorn as well
as in numerous classical, chamber and avant-garde settings.
||David Krakauer is a
clarinetist of astonishing virtuosity whose dual commitment to both upholding
and exploding tradition has taken Klezmer to places we've never dreamed
possible. A former member of the Klesmatics, Krakauer was featured on a
recent album by the Kronos Quartet. This second CD for Tzadik pays tribute to
one of the greatest clarinet soloists in jazz: pioneer Sidney Bechet. In this
extended, multi faceted suite, the Krakauer trio explores the hidden
connections between Bechet and Klezmer giant Naftule Brandwein - inspired in
part by Bechet's legendary and incredibly rare performance of "My
Yiddish Momma." Klezmer, NY is Krakauer's BECHET JESURUN, and is sure to
both delight and raise more than a few eyebrows.
||A unique fusion of
traditional Yiddish song with country blues, rock and reggae by
Kerouac-inspired cult hero Wolf Krakowski. Recorded in 1995 and originally
available in a limited edition on his own label, Transmigrations: Gilgul is a
soulful contemporary reading of Jewish folk and theater songs mixing the Old
World with the New. Yiddish world-beat soul that will delight both young and
||In his dramatic follow-up
to Transmigrations:Gilgul, Wolf Krakowski weaves unique and heartfelt
world-beat soul stylings with Yiddish folk, theatre and pop songs to create a
compelling international downtown sound rooted in the blues, country-rock,
tango, reggae and native mameloshn. Produced by Frank London, this
contemporary classic is the very embodiment of Old World meets the New.
||Let Me Explain Something to
You About Art
||As performer, composer,
producer and founder of Shimmy-Disc, Kramer is a NY veteran of countless
musical collaborations from Bongwater and Galaxie 500 to Robert Wyatt and
||The mastermind behind
Shimmy Disc and co-conspirator of Bongwater, Shockabilly and countless other
twisted indie bands, Kramer is finally coming into his own as a composer in
the Twenty-first Century.
||Recorded at his home in
Paris from February to April 1998, Sands is Steve Lacy's most personal and
remarkable solo document, and explores a wide variety of musical and dramatic
subjects. Portraits of close friends Barney Wilen and William Burroughs; collaborations
with the texts of Allen Ginsberg and Samuel Beckett; and of course his own
peculiar take on identity and Jewish heritage, which he characterizes in his
most recent composition "Jewgitive." The music of Lacy, like
Judaism itself, is a praxis, a question, a floating anxiety, and Sands is one
of Lacy's most poignant and intense recordings.
Abel/Steinberg/ Winant Trio, dedicated to performances of music from the
Americas, the Pacific Rim and Northwest Asia, is among the most important new
music ensembles in the world, working with composers including Lou Harrison,
Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff, Somei Satoh, Terry Riley, Fred Frith,
Alvin Curran and Gordon Mumma.
||Bun-Ching Lam was born in
Macao and holds a Ph.D in composition from the University of California at
San Diego. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including
most recently the treasured Rome Prize for Composition. Her mini-opera, "The
Child God" written as a shadow-play, incorporates spoken narration,
instrumental music and tenor songs, and is based on a Ming Dynasty mystical
novel The Creation Of The Gods. It tells the story of No Cha, from his
miraculous birth, to the discovery of his own supernatural powers through
various adventures which bring danger to his parents' lives. Adventurous,
charming and delightful.
||New solo album by
contemporary music's most adventurous musical terrorist. An indefatigable
instigator of countless musical projects, from funk, rock, hip hop and jazz
to world music, ambient and a milliard of creative hybrids, Laswell steps
here as a composer. Eight tracks showcasing full range of musical obsessions,
radical studio techniques and virtuosic bass playing. Invisible Design is a
CD of Black magic and spiritual passion. Laswell's creative voice has never
||Drum n bass, funk, rock
and dub all filtered through music from India, the Middle East, Africa and
Asia come together in these eleven dramatic pieces created for films.
||One of the world s leading
composer/performers presents a dynamic collection of his most important
recent works. Professor, musical scholar, author, composer, virtuoso
trombonist and computer music genius George Lewis has been a major name in
new music since the mid 70s, having worked with just about everyone you can
imagine, but his recorded output has been all too rare. This first release
for Tzadik highlights the wide variety of his compositional approaches, with
music for creative music orchestra, soloist with interactive computer
systems, narrator with tape and a suite for solo piano.
||Limited Express (Has Gone),
||Another eclectic rock/pop
band out of the infamous Kansai scene that produced the Boredoms, Omoide
Hatoba and more.
||Invocations: Ezkeroh Elokim
/ T'kias Shofar
||Trumpeter Frank London
(Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave) presents his most intimate and personal work
to date, evoking the passionate, imploring voices of the great cantorial
virtuosos Rosenblatt, Sirota and Kamiol. Recorded live in the Community
Synagogue in the heart of the Lower East Side, Invocations is a soulful
collection of classic hazonos, scored for trumpet solo, harmoniums, glass
harmonica and bass. A lush and beautiful contemporary reading of an ancient
yet under-appreciated Jewish tradition. Featuring Anthony Coleman, Myra
Melford, Ken Filiano, Gina Leishman and of course the trumpet of the great
Sklamberg,Lorin / Caine,Uri,
||An intimate trio recording
by two members of the Klezmatics and one of jazz s greatest young virtuosos.
Blending the Yiddish inflections of Lorin Sklamberg s beautiful voice with
the adventurous arranging skills of trumpeter Frank London and the sophistication
of Uri Caine s harmonic piano phrasing, Nigunim is a new take on Jewish
classics that is sure to delight both young and old. Creative and heartfelt
arrangements of traditional Jewish songs by three of the greatest musicians
on the scene today.
||Latin grooves, burning jazz
arrangements in the style of Charles Mingus, quirky experimental tracks,
classical chamber compositions, moody sound pieces, funky bachelor pad music
and a gorgeous suite scored for six female voices, over forty of New York's greatest
musicians are brought here in a variety of ensembles to make this one of the
most exciting and eclectic releases, by one of the most active musicians in
the downtown scene.
||Scientist At Work
||Originally released in 1999
in a privately pressed limited edition, this is much more than a re-release.
Alchemically transformed by John Zorn through radical remixing, editing and
overdubs by downtown superstars Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Cyro Baptista,
Jamie Saft (and Zorn himself on sax), Scientist at Work is a dynamic
collaboration in the Miles Davis/Teo Macero tradition. Featuring standout
work by the late Thomas Chapin on saxophones and bass flute, as well as the
lyrical trumpet of bandleader/composer Frank London, this music touches on
Jewish prayer, Afro-funk, Jazz fusion, Middle Eastern Taqsim and more.
||Busy Being Born
Grammy nominated songwriter, tv and film soundtrack composer Gary Lucas has
played with Captain Beefheart, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Buckley, Joan Osborne
and many others besides releasing four acclaimed solo albums in his own right.
Here he offers his latest and what he considers his greatest project to date,
an album for kids of all ages based on Jewish themes. Combining madcap
original classics (Sunrise, Sandman) with soulful renditions of traditional
classics (Sunrise Sunset, Adon Olom) and left field hits like a medley of
Popeye and Betty Boop themes played on National steel guitar (Fleiscerei),
Busy Being Born is brimming with whimsical ideas and treasures old and new:
17 Jewish gems from the fertile mind of Gary Lucas.
||Street of Lost Brothers
collection of scintillating originals and Jewish classics from the unique and
twisted mind of guitar madman Gary Lucas. Gary s first release for Tzadik was
a delightful and uproarious collection for children. With Street of Lost
Brothers, Gary has turned to the dark side. Dances, dirges and doinas for
Gary s versatile touring band, with special guest appearances by insane
vocalists Kenny and Larry, sax squealer John Zorn and Walter Horn.
||How I Spent My Vacation
||Sensuous chamber music, a
swinging suite for Jazz septet and two gorgeous pieces for solo piano.
||Extraordinary young French
composer. Born in 1980, Pierre Yves-Mace began as an improviser, played in
jazz-rock prog bands, studied classically, accompanied dance classes and has
composed electronic music for theater, dance and the martial arts."Faux-Jumeaux",
his first CD release, brings the aesthetics of French romanticism into a
head-on collision with sampling technology, electro-acoustics and minimalism.
||Gongs and Bamboos
||The first release outside
Japan of music by one of the the most original and underappreciated composers
in contemporary music. Born 1900 in the Phillipines, Maceda has been creating
remarkable compositions, often for large ensembles of the same instrument for
fifty years. This CD brings together three very different pieces from his
enormous catalog. The hypnotic Suling-Suling is scored for an ensemble of
forty bamboo flutes, Colors Without Rhythm is one of his most dynamic
orchestral compositions performed brilliantly by the Manila Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of the composer. Pagsamba is one of the
strangest masses ever written for gongs, voices and bamboos, recorded live in
an open air temple in the Phillipines. An incredibly exciting release of
rarely heard music by a rarely heard from composer.
||Jon Madof: guitar, Shanir
Ezra Blumenkranz: bass, Mathias Kunzli: drums, percussion
||One of the unsung heroes
from the early days of minimalism, David Mahler has been making music since
the early 1970s. A master of the tape recorder and the razor blade, his
pieces are legendary and (as is often the case with experimental composers,)
underappreciated. David Mahler has champions in colleagues such as Larry
Polansky, Peter Garland and Guy Klucevsek and thankfully his music is
becoming more and more known. It is an honor for Tzadik to release this
latest piece of the David Mahler puzzle: four new text-based tape pieces by
one of the undisputed masters of the medium.
||Masada String Trio
||Masada String Trio: 50th Birthday Cele
||Live in Middleheim
||Beautifully recorded by the
||Live in Sevilla 2000
||Masada s concert in Sevilla
is a remarkable string of special moments from beginning to end a perfect
balance of mind, heart and balls.
||A legendary meeting of
three contemporary masters: Fred Frith - guitar, Bill Laswell - bass, Charles
Hayward - drums.
||A blistering live
performance by one of the greatest instrumental rock trios ever. Fred Frith,
Bill Laswell and Charles Hayward have each been responsible for some of the
greatest concerts in new music in the last twenty years, and collectively
they take rock improvisation to ecstatic new heights. Beautifully recorded by
longtime Laswell associate Oz Fritz at Robert Wyatt s Meltdown Festival in
London, 2001, Meltdown is one of the most exciting recordings by this dynamic
||Dion McGregor Dreams Again
||This CD is it s sequel,
drawn from the same source material the spoke-aloud dreams of Dion McGregor
as taped by his roommate Michael Barr between 1961 and 1967.
||MXBX 1998: 13,000 Miles At
||Melt banana is the defining
band of New Japanese Hardcore and it is taking America by storm. Their songs
combine compositional complexity and improvisational noise with the power of
a locomotive going full blast through a brick wall.
||Three of downtown s most
dynamic performers join forces to form Mephista one of the first all women
supergroups (Susie Ibarra, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Ikue Mori).
||"Merzbow" is the
one and only original Japanese noise band, begun by Masami Akita over 20
years ago and he is still the best of them all.
||Resurrections for Goatskin
||Raz Mesinai: zarb, flute,
mazhar, piano, percussion, framedrums, electronics, Marcus Rojas: tuba,
Okkyung Lee: cello, Tim Barnes: percussion
||Before the Law
||Raz Mesinai is one of the
most respected young musicians in New York s burgeoning underground
electronica scene. His unique approach utilizes samples of acoustic
instruments performing his original compositions, electronics of his own
design, computers and occasionally his dynamic percussion work. His latest
project is inspired by the hermetic Jewish writer Franz Kafka whose
influential work views the Jewish experience through a mystical, almost
Kabbalistic lens. A complex and multifaceted CD of new electronic music at
||One of the most versatile
masters of the koto, Michiyo Yagi has performed in rock bands, jazz groups,
movie soundtracks, classical ensembles, noise improvisations and of course
Japanese traditional and folk groups.
(turntables) and Tenko (vocals) are two of the most internationally acclaimed
performers to emerge from the Tokyo underground, and have worked with some of
the best musicians from around the world.
||Under the Pipal Tree
||Mono is a young
instrumental band from Tokyo combining elements of minimalism, psychedelia
and trance rock to create a distinctive and powerful new sound via John
Fahey, Sonic Youth and the Grateful Dead.
||Temperature in Hell Is Over
Three Thousand Degrees
||Composer Virgil Moorefield
was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1956 and grew up primarily in
Europe. Living in NY since 1975, Moorefield recorded and toured as a drummer
with numerous rock bands and avant garde ensembles, including the Swans, Glenn
Branca, Bill Laswell, Elliott Sharp and Damage. The music on this disc is a
reflection of his recent interest in microtonality and in creating a music
which is looser in structure than his previous works. Alternating between
strict notation and passages which may be described by nothing more than a
drawing - Virgil blends minimalism, microtonal tunings and improvisation to
create a unique sound world of precision, movement and surprise. Taking his
title from one of a series of ranting, religious leaflets, pasted to
lampposts in Lower Manhattan.
||Ikue Mori s career in music
reaches back to 1978 as drummer/co-founder/co-composer of the seminal
punk/no-wave band DNA. In the 80s she became involved in the blossoming
downtown scene, improvising with the likes of Bill Frisell, Christian
Marclay, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Derek Bailey and countless others. Into the
90s her work with drum machines expanded into the world of electronic music,
incorporating digital technology into her compositional palette. Moonsongs
leads her into the 21st Century with an astounding suite of pieces for a
chamber ensemble of voice, strings and percussion, inspired by the work of
famous Japanese woodblock artist Yoshitoshi. Moonsongs is clearly one of Ikue
Mori s greatest works. Lush, romantic, violent, weird, ghostly and exhilarating
sounds from one of the world s most important musical thinkers.
||One of New York's most
exciting improvisers and composers, Ikue Mori has developed a personal and
innovative technique of playing samplers triggered by adapted drum machines.
||Ikue Mori, a legend on the
New York music scene, has played regularly with the world's top improvisers
since 1979, as well as in the groups DNA, Tohban Djan, Death Praxis, Fukuko,
Worlds of Love and Death Ambient. Mori has developed a personal and innovative
technique of playing samplers triggered by adapted drum machines.
"Garden", her first solo recording, is a textbook in compositional
economy, displaying her amazing approach to an instrument she has made her
||Erik Friedlander, Zeena
Parkins, Anthony Coleman and Kato Hideki are just a few of the musicians
featured in this remarkable recording.
||Eleven new earsplitting,
brain-twisting electronic compositions by downtown legend Ikue Mori, one of
the most respected composers in the contemporary electronica community.
Completely unique and utterly original, Mori has developed a personal
language through the combination of modified drum machines and triggered
samplers. Labyrinth, her second CD of solo music for Tzadik, is a
multi-faceted collection of complex compositions for the Apple powerbook.
After twenty years, Ikue Mori continues to create some of the very best
cutting-edge electronic music around
||An absolutely raging new
instrumental trio from the Kansai area of Japan, home to the Boredoms, Omoide
Hatoba, Haco and more. Combining hardcore punk, improvisation, metal, funk
and fusion in a seamless and dynamic new music, Motor Humming is at the forefront
of instrumental experimental rock and one of the most original bands in
||Live Electronic Music
||The ultimate document by
one of the most important electronic music composers in new music. A lifetime
in the making, these meticulously crafted masterpieces include the legendary
Mesa performed by avant garde virtuoso David Tudor on electric bandoneon and
the first release of the complete version of Mumma s classic composition
Hornpipe fully remastered and reworked by the composer himself. One of the
most important releases of this or any other year absolutely essential music
by one of downtown s Founding Fathers.
||Featuring three beautiful
young women singing creative new Latino music, Muna Zul is an exciting a
cappella vocal trio from Mexico City. Seamlessly interweaving Mexican folk
themes with pop, rock and world beat, their music is charming and infectious.
This is a CD you will return to again and again, finding new delights with
||Mystic Fugu Orchestra,
||From the inventive minds of
John Zorn and Yamantaka Eye comes an intimate and highly original duo project
inspired by historical recordings of ancient Judaica. The Mystic Fugu
Orchestra masquerades as "newly discovered" recordings from the
Mystical tradition of Kabbalah - paralleling 14th century author Moses de
Leon's original presentation of of his Kabbalistic classic "The
Zohar" or "book of Splendors" as having been discovered by him
and actually written by Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai centuries before. Issued at a
special low price, this CD single is the first of a series of Zorn/Eye
releases planned for Tzadik records in 1995. Humourous, touching,
traditiuonal, irrerverent, perplexing, soulful. A sound that could only come about
with years of friendship, empathy and collaboration, The Mystic Fugu
Orchestra will surprise and delight you as yet another unusual direction in
music from these two masters of the unexpected.
||Search for the Golden
||In the past several years,
more and more Jewish artists have been finding expression in the blending of
Jazz and Klezmer. Searching For the Golden Dreydl is one of the year's most
exciting additions to this dynamic new music. From adventurous originals to
surprising reinterpretations of traditional Jewish classics, Boston-based
Naftule's Dream has created an instrumental music of passion and intensity.
Fiery improvisation weaves in and out of complex arrangements in a style
reminiscent of Mingus at his best. Very much in keeping with their namesake
Naftule Brandwein, this century's greatest and most controversial Klezmer
clarinetist, this is music that keeps you at the edge of your seat.
||Smash / Clap
Dream continues to be one of the most exciting bands exploring new Jewish
music. Consistently innovative yet always heartfelt, their first critically
acclaimed CD, Search For Golden Drydel, combined jazz and Klezmer in complex
tight arrangements. This second collection of their newest compositions
throws rock and free improvisation into the mix. Produced by the legendary
Bill Laswell at his New Jersey studio, Smash, Clap! is another important step
for this versatile, virtuosic ensemble.
||Now a mainstay of the
Radical Jewish Series, Naftule s Dream epitomizes the passion and creativity
of New Jewish Music in the 21st Century. Their third CD for Tzadik captures
them in front of an inspiring audience, live in Boston. Exciting compositions
both old and new, and a charming Jewish take on the music of Erik Satie, Job
is another brilliant musical statement by one of the most important bands in
the New Jewish Renaissance. Mixed by producer extraordinaire Bill Laswell.
||Naked City & Zorn,John,
||2CD: A specially-priced
double-CD reissue, Black Box couples two of Zorn's most exteme and violent
creations with the controversial music and artwork intact. Torture Garden
(1991) presents Naked City's intense and groundbreaking music combining free
jazz, bebop, r&b, country, funk, rockabilly, surf, metal hardcore and
grindcore -- usually in the same song!
||Naked City Live 1: Knitting
||Featuring Bill Frisell,
Fred Frith, Wayne Horvitz and Joey Baron this was a true downtown supergroup
brought together to realize John Zorn s twisted compositional vision
combining jazz, movie soundtracks, rock, rhythm and blues, hardcore punk,
cartoon music, country and western and just about everything imaginable often
all in the same piece!
||I Could've Been a Drum
||The third album by two
masters of the maladjusted, following two releases on Knitting Factory Works.
Saxophonist Roy Nathanson is best known as leader of the Jazz Passengers.
Pianist Anthony Coleman is well known for his work with John Zorn and Marc
Ribot, and has recorded two Tzadik albums as a leader.
||New Klezmer Trio,
||Melt Zonk Rewire
||Leader Ben Goldberg studied
with jazz luminaries Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano, and has performed and
recorded with George Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Bobby Bradford, John Zorn's Masada,
Andrew Hill, Mark Dresser, Roswell Rudd, the ROVA Sax Quartet, John Tchicai,
Phil Haynes, Alvin Curran, Eugene Chadbourne, and was the featured soloist
with Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb's New York Jazz Composers Orchestra at
the 1994 San Francisco Jazz Festival. His clarinet can be heard on the
upcoming recording by the Charlie Hunter Trio on Blue Note.
||New Klezmer Trio,
||Masks & Faces
||Following the astounding
Melt Zonk Rewire , Tzadik is reissuing the out-of-print first album by San
Francisco's New Klezmer Trio. Masks And Faces is a modern Jewish classic,
presenting avant garde reinterpretations of traditional tunes and new
compositions expanding the klezmer tradition. This landmark album, originally
released in 1990 on the Nine Winds label, was a precursor to John Zorn's
Masada, and pointed the direction for future possibilities in Jewish Music.
||New Klezmer Trio,
||Short for Something
||This long-awaited third CD
by the legendary New Klezmer Trio is pure pleasure. Their first two CDs,
released in 1990 and 1995 respectively have long been Tzadik favorites,
combining elements of jazz and improvisation with the Jewish tradition in
ways both thoughtful and surprising. This is a masterful new recording by one
of the classic bands in the New Jewish Renaissance. Naftule Brandwein via
||He has recorded as a member
of the experimental rock groups Gastr Del Sol, The Red Krayola, Brise Glace
and Yona Kit, recorded a half dozen of his own albums of guitar improvisation
and musique-concrete compositions on the Staalplaat, Extreme, Divided, Entenpfuhl
and Metamkine labels, released collaborative recordings with Henry Kaiser,
K.K. Null, Gunter Muller, Eddie Prevost, Evan Parker and Nicholas Collins,
and produced forthcoming albums by Tony Conrad, Faust, Melt Banana and Space
||Painkiller / Laswell,Bill /
||Complete Studio Recordings
||4CD: PainKiller is Bill
Laswell, Mick Harris & John Zorn, and this special 4CD package is the
ultimate PainKiller document: the complete studio recordings, with all of the
original booklets and artwork intact - uncensored and uncompromising, from
their classic first release of 1991 Guts Of A Virgin, to Buried Secrets
(featuring members of Godflesh) and their 1994 masterpiece Execution Ground.
||Talisman: Live in Nagoya
||Culminating their legendary
1994 tour of Japan in a masterful set featuring one of their longest and most
inspired improvisations, the thirty-five minute Batrachophrenoboocosmomachia.
||Mouth Maul Betrayer
||One of the best known and
most exciting of N.Y.C. improvisers and composers, electric harpist Zeena
Parkins has released five extremely varied albums under her own name, as well
as numerous records as a member of the groups Skeleton Crew (with Fred Frith
and Tom Cora), News From Babel, Elliot Sharp's Carbon, No Safety and OWT.
||Zeena Parkins: electric
harp,piano, sampler, accordian; A product of over three years of work,
Pan-Acousticon is Zeena Parkins most important and intriguing work to date,
orchestrating sampling noise, classical strings, rock drums and homemade
instruments into a new world of color, shape and texture. Co-produced by
long-term collaborator Elliott Sharp, this beautiful and varied collection of
experimental music is both powerful and touching.
||Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po
inventor of musical instruments, and one of the most colorful characters of
20th century music, Harry Partch (1901-1974) broke with Western tradition and
forged a new music based on a more primal, corporeal integration of the
elements of speech, rhythm and performance using the intrinsic music found in
the spoken word, the principles of acoustic resonance and just-intonation.
||Anthony Pateras: piano,
prepared piano/voice, conductor; Robin Fox: laptop/live processing; Vanessa
Tomlinson: percussion; Natasha Anderson: contrabass recorder; Erkki Veltheim:
viola/decrepit violin; James Wilkinson: trombone/conch
||Adult Themes for Voice
||In addition to his
successful day job, Mike Patton has moonlighted with variious ensembles and
composers including Kronos Quartet, Bob Ostertag, Rova Saxophone Quartet,
David Shea, Arto Lindsay, Bill Laswell, Boo-Yaa Tribe, Sepultura, John Zorn
and Naked City (filling in for Yamatsaka Eye).
||Following the remarkable
success of his solo debut, Adult Themes (Tzadik 7015), Mike Patton, best
known as the vocalist of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, steps out as a
||A regular drummer with John
Scofield, Dave Douglas, Steven Bernstein and many others, Ben Perowsky is a
familiar name to jazz fans the world over. Joined here by keyboard sensation
Uri Caine, one of the most acclaimed young pianists on the scene, Ben s first
recording under his own name on Tzadik is an eclectic take on the songs he
used to sing during his formative years at Jewish summer camp. Exotic
percussion, twisted arrangements and several brilliant original compositions
make Camp Songs a swinging delight. Wild, nostalgic, and completely unique.
||23 Constellations of Joan
||An exciting new musical
universe from the mind of composer/performer Bobby Previte. Filled with
sweeping gestures and meticulous detail, The 23 Constellations of Joan MirC
is Bobby Previte s dream project and one that he s been working on for over
six years. Performed here with an all-star ensemble, Constellations is
beautifully recorded and presented with a lush 36 page booklet containing
color reproductions of all twenty-three of MirC s masterpieces. Previte s
most original compositional achievement is also his most delightful.
Jewish music performed by an intimate ensemble of strings and accordion.
||This long awaited release
completes a trilogy of CDs documenting the young composer collective Rough
Assemblage. Active in the early 1990s out of Mannes College of Music, this
trio of like-minded musicians also included Norman Yamada (Being in Time, TZ
7035) and Mark Degliantoni (Horse Tricks, TZ 7042). The tragic death of Eric
Qin in 1993 ended the project, but in the following years efforts were made
to collect and record Qin s extant remaining compositions. Photographs:
1988 1993 is the exciting result. Meticulously researched and detailed, these
pieces show an astonishing variety and maturity. We can only guess where
Eric s music may have gone, but these touching recordings, filled with
passion and tenderness are a fitting tribute to this very young and very
creative musical mind.
||Rabbinical School Dropouts,
||The Rabbinical School
Dropouts is as crazy a group of kooks as you could want. Sun Ra, the Hampton
Grease Band, Frank Zappa and the Klezmatics all rolled into one, the music of
the Friedmann brothers is fresh and imaginative. Their ten-member big band (featuring
oboe, mandolin, bassoon, theremin, toy piano, tablas, etc.) storms through a
dozen creative originals touching upon klezmer, jazz, funk, Latin, rock, and
varied mishegoss along the way. Jewish garage jazz with a sick sense of humor
from Long Beach, California.
||A veteran of countless
Tzadik projects led by (among others), David Krakauer, Marc Ribot, Roberto
Rodriguez and Anthony Coleman, accordionist Ted Reichman steps out on his own
in this moody, hypnotic portrait of one of the 20th Century's greatest
photographers, Andre Kertesz. Beginning with his early life in the Jewish
community of Budapest, Ted eloquently tells the classic story of a man who
leaves his Jewish heritage behind only to find further alienation in
attempted assimilation throughout France and the United States. A fascinating
and touching musical journey by downtown NY's premiere accordionist.
||This second volume of Marc
Ribot's music for films is one of the most eclectic and exciting CDs he's
made to date. From 1930s swing to science fiction soundscapes, deep soul
grooves to hypnotic moods for strings and guitar, Filmworks 2 is a
fascinating program of miniature masterpieces from start to finish.
||Jill Jaffe: violin, viola,
Ned Rothenberg: clarinet, bass clarinet, Ted Reichman: pump organ, accordion,
Chris Wood: bass, Marc Ribot: guitar, Christine Bard: percussion, drums,
Roberto Rodriguez: percussion, drums, Anthony Coleman: piano, organ, trombone,
Rob Thomas: violin, bass
||Shoe String Symphonettes
||A guitarist of frightening
technique, accomplished in practically any style, Marc Ribot has recorded
numerous solo projects as well as working with artists including Tom Waits,
Elvis Costello, the Lounge Lizards Brother Jack McDuff, John Zorn and Chuck Berry.
||Yo I Killed Your God
||From Jewish Punk
Revolutionary to Neo-Primitive Composer to Dance Club Burnout in eighteen
short months, Shrek was Marc Ribot s most controversial and eclectic band.
Raw and powerful, Shrek Live captured Marc s wilder side, with an edge that
cut through steel. Featuring plenty of his searing guitar work, cynical,
impassioned vocals and several exciting cover tunes, including the cuban
classic "Jamon co Yucca", the seed that led to his popular group,
Los Cubanos Postisos, Human Sacrifice brings the visceral edge of one of the
world s most exciting and original guitarists to your own living room!
Included as a bonus track is a studio version of "Mon Petit Punk" -
a twisted pop classic.
||Danzon de Moises
||The dynamic Latin
percussionist for Joe Jackson, Marc Ribot s Postizos and a variety of other
groups here excavates the fascinating world of Cuba s little-known Jewish
community. Roberto s firsthand experience with both Cuban and Jewish
traditions (performing at Havana Synagogues in the 1970s, and exposure to the
Radical Jewish Culture Revolution in New York s downtown community of the
1990s,) have resulted in a brilliant recording blending the two into a
seamless new music. Featuring an all-star lineup, El Danzon de Moises is a CD
that will make you think, make you laugh and make you dance.
||A downtown mainstay for
twenty years, composer/multi-woodwind performer Ned Rothenberg makes his
Tzadik debut with a stunning CD of chamber music. Acclaimed for work in a
wide variety of contexts from the multi-metric funk of his Double Band to the
large chamber jazz of Power Lines, Rothenberg here shows both range and focus
in works for unprecedented instrumentations that have epic scope. Asian and
western instruments combine in scores mixing improvised solo features with
through-composed ensembles. Ghost Stories is one of Rothenberg s most
||2CD: Some of the very best
musicians in Japan, veterans of bands such as the Boredoms, Bondage Fruits,
Bazooka Joe, Dub Sub, Demi Semi Quaver and Omoide Hatoba come together in
Rovo, a virtuosic trance-rock group based in Tokyo.
||Along with the Boredoms,
Naked City and very few others, this amazing drums/bass duo are masters of
quick-change, stop/start tempos, time-signatures and textures.
||For more than a decade, the
Ruins have been one of the most consistently exciting groups out of the
||These performances capture
the band live in 1988 and is so beautifully recorded it could have been a
studio date. Accompanying the delightful duo is legendary guitarist Imahori
Tsuneo playing everything from Bill Frisell to Arto Lindsay s skronk and bassist
||Guitars and beats, both
electric and acoustic, mixed in dub inform this dynamic new twist on Radical
Jewish Culture. Bringing together ancient traditions with modern technology,
Jamie Saft s debut recording deals with the interaction of Black, Arab and Jewish
cultures in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Featuring his longtime
collaborators Jim Black and Chris Speed as well as the Groove Collective s
bassist extraordinaire, Jonathan Maron, Sovlanut (Tolerance) is a remarkable
and original new take on contemporary club music Jewish style.
||Jamie s second CD for
Tzadik is a cinematic exploration of dub, pop and club music filtered through
his own very personal Jewish lens. Spacy DJ mixes, deep grooves, fucked-up
dubs and soulful vocals on subjects ranging from tashlikh to prayer to
fratricide. What more could you ask from one of Tzadik s mainstays whose
first CD Solvanut and special mixes for David Gould (Adonai in Dub) have
already become legendary underground hits.
||A beautiful, live recording
of acoustic Klez/Jazz by one of the most exciting young bands working today.
In the year that has passed since the release of their first CD, Satlah has
grown more confident, increasing in both power and sensitivity. Taking a cue
from the music of John Coltrane, their sound is developing a spiritual
intensity and their second release for Tzadik showcases all three players
blazing through creative original compositions at the legendary new music
venue Tonic, located in the heart of New York s Lower East Side. Jewish Jazz
for the 21st Century.
||Jenny Scheinman: violin;
Myra Melford: piano/harmonium; Russ Johnson: trumpet; Trevor Dunn: bass;
Kenny Wollesen: drums
||An impressive new recording
by one of the most sought-after new violinists in the downtown scene. Born in
California, Jenny moved to New York in 1998. Most recently heard in a variety
of contexts with Bill Frisell, Jenny has also graced projects by Myra Melford,
Vinicius Cantuaria and Nels Cline. Here she leads a dynamic quintet of
violin, trumpet, guitar, bass and drum creating a seductive and personal take
on Radical Jewish Culture. From traditional tunes to creative originals, The
Rabbi s Lover is both heartfelt and intense, lyrical and driving, a CD you
will return to time and time again.
producer/composer who has worked with Caetano Veloso, Nana Vasconcelos,
Laurie Anderson and choreographer Amanda Miller, and collaborated with Arto
Lindsay as the Ambitious Lovers from 1984-91.
||In These Great Times
||A virtuoso guitarist best
known as a member of Junk Genius and the San Francisco jazz/funk supergroup
T.J. Kirk, John Schott is joined by tenor John Horton Murray (The
Metropolitan Opera), bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle) and drummer Kenny
Wollesen (New Klezmer Trio, Masada, Tom Waits) on his debut as a leader.
||Tribute to Martin Weinberg
||Seewald is one of the most
accomplished and soulful vocalists in the modern Jewish music scene.
synthesizer, guitar, bass, drums, percussion & China: drums, percussion
||Abysmal Richness of
Infinite Proximity of Same
||Anthony Coleman has one of
the most intelligent and original musical minds on the downtown scene,
capable of confounding you, delighting you, making you howl with laughter or
scream with pain. With his popular Sephardic Tinge project he has chosen to
delight you, showcasing an unique approach to the classic piano trio. This
second collection of original compositions and quirky cover tunes adds a
newly-developed virtuosic edge to his already sick and twisted technique,
making Morenica his ultimate statement on piano jazz, Sephardic tradition,
Latin rhythms and dysfunctional harmony.
||Our Beautiful Garden Is
||The third CD in the legacy
of mad genius Anthony Coleman s most popular working band takes us, as
always, to a magnetic world of loving dysfunction. Together for over four
years, the piano trio Sephardic Tinge has developed a unique style rivaling
the telepathic interplay of Bill Evans, the compositional integrity of Herbie
Nichols and the popular cheese of Irving Fields. Charming Jewish music
informed by jazz, borscht belt humor, Latin rhythms, Ahasuerus and
self-hatred from one of the most twisted minds in the downtown scene.
||Paul Shapiro s fat tenor
sound has graced the music of such diverse artists as Lou Reed, Michael
Jackson, Nyorican Soul, the Microscopic Septet and Brooklyn Funk Essentials
of which he was a founding member. On Tzadik he can be heard on two of the
label s most beloved recordings, Steven Bernstein s Diaspora Soul and Daniel
Zamier s Children of Israel. For his Tzadik debut, Paul has brought together
a remarkable band of long-time associates to perform loungey, old-school jazz
renditions of seven Jewish classics and two moody originals. Midnight Minyan
is a treasure for young and old.
instrument builder, theoretician, multi-instrumentalist and one of the
best-known personalities of the Downtown New York City scene, Elliott Sharp
has led a variety of ensembles since 1979 including his long-running group
Carbon, the Bootstrappers with Mike Watt and George Hurley, and his blues
combo Terraplane. He has released albums on Homestead, SST. Zoar, Extreme,
RecRec, Victo and other labels, and performs regularly in venues ranging from
European concert halls to CBGBs. Tzadik is proud to present what we feel is
one of Sharp's best and most important albums.
||Using guitars, saxophones,
computers, analog synthesizers and the kitchen sink, Sharp performs powerful
scores for four films including Daddy & The Muscle Academy.
||Suspension of Disbelief
||Elliott Sharp is one of the
most versatile composer/performers on the downtown scene a musician who has
embraced free jazz, funk, blues, contemporary classical, rock, world music
and distilled them all into his own unique amalgam.
||String Quartet 1986-1996
||Elliott Sharp is one of the
downtown s most consistently original composers and a wildly versatile string
player, whether it be on bass, electric guitar, or one of his wacky homemade
hybrids. His music is rhythmic and intense, often drawing upon mathematical
models such as the Fibonacci series, fractals or chaos theory for
inspiration. With the release of String Quartets 1986 1996 all of Sharp s
work for this classic format is now available exclusively on Tzadik.
Performed by his longtime associates The Soldier String Quartet and the
virtuosic Meridian Quartet many consider this to be his best and most
challenging music to date.
||Radical New York musician/
composer David Shea uses samplers, turntables and compact disc players as his
insruments of choice. His dramatic compositions draw inspiration from film
directors Sergio Leone and Sam Pekinpah and the film soundtracks of Bernard
Herrmann, Ennio Marricone, John Barry and Henry Mancini, and the cartoon
soundtracks of Warner Bros. and MGM. Shea has performed on albums by John
Zorn and Mr. Bungle.
||Two adventurous pieces of
classical chamber music by one of today s busiest musical manipulators. The
atmospheric Chamber Symphony #1 juxtaposes live and sampled instrumental
sonorities in a complex world of modern polyphony with turntable/sampler
wizard David Shea playing along with members of the Ictus Ensemble.
||Classical Works II
||In the 1990s David Shea was
a regular on the downtown scene working with Anthony Coleman, John Zorn,
Zeena Parkins, Shelly Hirsch and many others. Since 1998 he has been living
and working in Brussels collaborating with some of Belgium s finest classical
musicians, and performing his exciting solo concerts. Classical Works II, his
third release on Tzadik, is the definitive document of Shea s new musical
direction, bold integrating sampling technology into the classical concert
music tradition. The compositions here range from interactive duets for
soloist and sampler to a major new piece for chamber symphony. New music from
a continually fascinating musical manipulator.
||Produced and arranged by
enigmatic mystical traveller Eyvind Kang, Blue Marble is a CD of surreal folk
songs by singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada.
||Somehow We Can
||For over thirty years Alvin
Singleton has been devising compositions blending written music with
improvisation in the restrictive world of contemporary concert music. His
work skillfully joins the European tradition of Lutoslawski and Ligeti with
the African American traditions of James Brown, Mahalia Jackson, John
Coltrane, Dolphy and the AACM. His first CD for Tzadik features four
compositions of chamber music, including his orchestral masterpiece Again, a
duo for trumpet and piano brilliantly performed by long time associates
Wadada Leo Smith and Anthony Davis, and the prize-winning string quartet
Somehow We Can, one of his most energetic and dynamic compositions.
||Delight At the End of the
||Composer, performer, one of
the foremost sound designers on the West Coast, the mad genius of David
Slusser has enhanced the films of David Lynch, George Lucas, Francis Ford
Coppola and the music of John Zorn, Mike Patton and Angelo Badalamenti.
Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as 1950's mood music, industrial
demos, early musique concrete and beer commercials, Slusser takes us on an
exotic trip through his insane sound world via sound effects, theremins and
other rare electronic instruments that either have been or should have been
||Kabell Years: 1971-1979 (Box)
||Wadada Leo Smith-trumpter,
multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser-has been active for over
thirty years. With Leroy Jenkins and Anthony Braxton, he was a founder of the
Creative Constrruction Company, and has recorded his own albums on ECM, Black
Saint, Nessa, Sackville and other labels. His compositions have been
performed by the AACM Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Ursula Oppens, Marilyn
Crispell, Da Capo Chamber Players and others.
||Light Upon Light
multi-instrumentalist, improviser and theoretician, Wadada Leo Smith is one
of the most important composers of our time. An original member of Chicago s
AACM, his exciting pieces blending composition and mprovisation have been
performed by many of the world s most important ensembles and soloists.
Featuring an exotic composition for chamber ensemble and gamelan quartet, a
beautiful solo piece for viola, a bass concerto written for virtuoso Bert
Turetzky and two electronic pieces featuring Leo s unique trumpet
improvisations, Wadada considers "Light Upon Light" his best
recording to date.
||A longtime dream project of
Wadada Leo Smith, one of creative music s most original voices, Tzadik is
proud to present the first recording by a modern jazz supergroup. The four
instrumental giants that comprise the Golden Quartet are veterans of some of the
most influential bands in jazz history and here they are at the height of
their powers. Five new compositions bring together lyricism, groove and
fireworks in this exciting recording destined to become a classic of new jazz
||First released on Leo
Smith s own label in the early 1970s is one of the most important extended
compositions blending improvisation and composition, and one of Leo Smith s
masterpieces. This exciting new version features the brilliant
pianist/composer Anthony Davis (who performed on the original recording) and
longtime friend and colleague Malachi Favors the legendary monster bass
player from the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Coupled with several new
compositions, this CD brings together the past and present of creative
music s most continually fascinating composer/performers.
||The first solo recording in
over thirty years by the brilliant composer/performer Wadada Leo Smith. Born
in Leland, Mississippi, Leo was a founding member of the AACM in Chicago, and
has been performing his music all over the world since the mid-1960s. His
compositions for solo trumpet, highly acclaimed yet rarely documented, are
some of his most personal and delicate creations. Red Sulphur Sky is the
music of one of the true masters of creative music at the height of his
||In his sixth Tzadik release
he once again explores new territory, bringing six absolute masters of live
electronics together to perform some of Wadada s most adventurous and
colorful compositions. Including a large, sprawling work for four laptops and
trumpet, and two dynamic duets with legendary laptop pioneer Ikue Mori,
Luminous Axis is one of Wadada s most exciting and dynamic recordings.
||Revenge of the Stuttering
||An exciting meeting of two
eclectic Jewish masters. Ronny Someck, a poet born in Iraq, now living in
Israel and composer Elliott Sharp born in Cleveland, now living in New York
City. Revenge of the Stuttering Child is a collaboration of sounds - sounds as
word and sounds as music, a tangled-up feedback loop that continuously builds
and mutates. Much more than poetry set to music, each piece draws a bead,
aims and fires in a different direction, hitting the familiar, the strange,
the wry, the warm, the dark, the furious. As Ronny Someck's words are fleshed
by his own throat, Sharp's music is manifest in his own varied instrumental
voices augmented by the talents of pianist Anthony Coleman, the cello and
accordion of the Parkins sisters and percussionist Salifoski. In the
prolific, unpredictable world of Elliott Sharp, this project stands apart.
||Hand Full of Memories
||Following the success of
his first CD for Tzadik, Neshamah, the amazing Tim Sparks is joined here by
extraordinary bassist Greg Cohen (Masada, The Charms of The Night Sky) and
Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista (Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson) for a
beautiful excursion into the farflung and varied music of the Jewish
Diaspora. Featuring traditional tunes from India to Persia, Tin Pan Alley to
Prague, Tanz is one of the most charming and engaging CDs of Jewish music you
are ever likely to hear.
||The breathtaking guitarist
who created Neshamah and Tanz, two of the most popular CDs in the Tzadik
catalogue, continues to delight us with his newest release At the Rebbe s
Table. Tim Sparks once again has managed to choose a surprising program of
Jewish music from around the world. Lilting melodies to tickle the soul.
Harmonies and rhythm to make you dance. Special guests Marc Ribot and Erik
Friedlander join Tim s trio from Tanz for some intimate duets and complex
band arrangements. At the Rebbe s Table is Tim s best CD yet.
||Blues for Falasha
||The question of identity
has historically played a large role in the survival of the Jewish people and
had special significance to free jazz tenor titan Glenn Spearman, as the son
of an African-American father and a Jewish mother.
||Sung's debut album, a
collection of his works from 1992 to 1995, was never intended for commercial
release. The subject matter of his work is deeply personal, dealing with the
people and things around him, especially his family and friends, and as such
does not always obey traditional musical logic.
||Eyes On Green: Syzygys Live
||These performances capture
the band live in 1988 and is so beautifully recorded it could have been a
studio date. Accompanying the delightful duo is legendary guitarist Imahori
Tsuneo playing everything from Bill Frisell to Arto Lindsay s skronk and bassist
||Complete Studio Recordings
||Shimizu Hitomi: 43-tone
organ, dx7ii, vocal & Nishida Hiromi: violin, electric violin, viola,
oud, fretles bass, ziter, vocal
||One of the foremost
pianists of the 20th century, Yuji Takahashi makes a long-awaited return to
the piano on his composition "Yubi - Tomyo." Finger Light features
Takahashi compositions for shamisen, double shamisen and sho (Japanese mouth
organ), applying alternate techniques to these traditional instruments.
Teitelbaum has been acknowledged as a pioneer in electronic music for over
three decades, combining electronics with classical forms, jazz
improvisation, and world music. With Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Curran, he
was a founder of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV). He has since performed and
recorded extensively, as a soloist and with jazz and classical masters
including Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Carlos Zingaro, Fred Frith, Derek
Bailey and Lee Konitz for labels including Wergo, Hat Art, Centaur, Victo,
Moers Music, Polydor and Arista. Teitelbaum, always on the edge in musical
technology, introduced the Moog synthesizer to Europe in the '60s, and in
more recent years has pioneered musical work with interactive computer systems.
Teitelbaum is not just an experimenter, but a virtuousic and expressive
musician of the highest caliber. Golem, many years in the making, is a
compositional landmark for Teitelbaum.
||Solo for Wounded CD
||A founding member of the
Fluxus Movement with Takehisa Kosugi, Yoko Ono and George Maciunas, Yasunao
Tone has been doing experimental sound pieces since the early 1960's. For the
past ten years much of his work has centered on extending the possibilities
of CDs as a performance medium.
||Qui Avec Gabriel
||Fragments: Modern Tradition
Nana's stunning virtuosity is matched only by the originality of
hiscompositional vision.Themusic here ranges from his trademark solo music to
ensemble pieces featuring some of his favorite collaborators, among them Cyro
Baptista and Egberto Gismonti, including a lovely piece for string orchestra.
||River Beneath the River
||Vierk s music explores
texture and microtonality in highly structured pieces that build to swirling
high energy intensity. Influenced by minimalism, Japanese Gagaku and
Appalachian folk music, Lois Vierk is one of America s great originals. Her
first CD for Tzadik is an exciting collection of compositions for string
quartet, brass sextet and a dynamic piece for electric guitar, percussion,
cello and synthesizer. Definitive performances of some of Vierk s greatest
||Dimly Lit: Collected
||Anthony Coleman: piano, Jim
Pugliese: drums, Doug Wieselman: guitars, bass clarinet, drum machine,
ocarina, percussion, harmonica, woodwinds, percussion, Don Falzone: bass,
Jenny Scheinman: violin, Ted Reichman: accordion, Charlie Burnham: violin,
Jane Scarpantoni: cello, Jon Birdsong: tuba, Trevor Dunn: bass
||Wuorinen / Fedele / Palmer
/ Surplus Ensemble,
||Four absolute masterpieces
by one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century. Spanning over three
decades, LEPTON presents New York born Wuorinen at his radical best, pushing
the limits of instrumental and electronic music. Expressly chosen for this exclusive
Tzadik release by longtime Wuorinen fan John Zorn, the pieces here include
the electronic composition Time s Encomium, (winner of the Pulitzer Prize in
1970); from the 80s: New York Notes, which brilliantly blends electronic
tape with acoustic instruments; and two masterful miniatures from the 90s:
Epithalamium for two trumpets and Lepton for harp, celeste and piano. All
recordings were done under the supervision of Mr. Wuorinen himself, and have
been remastered for exclusive release on Tzadik. Essential.
Kim. Featuring hypnotic, trippy vocals, nasty electric bass and two driving
Korean percussionists, this is a band that opens up an exciting new world of
sound. You ve never heard anything like Xtatika a magical blend of alternative
rock with Korean traditional music.
||Being & Time
||Norman Yamada is a
brilliant young composer who has worked with Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, the
Crosstown Ensemble, the Agon Orchestra and was previously heard on the Avant
CD by Rough Assemblage. "Being And Time", the first CD dedicated to
his compositions for small ensembles is an atavistic exploration of rock
gestures, ambient noise and today's post-modern malaise. A unique
compositional statement from a new generation of genre-busting musical
||Stephen Schultz: baroque
flute, Gonzalo X. Ruiz: baroque oboe, Kathy Shao: harpsichord, Elizabeth
Bloomstock: baroque violin, Roy Welden: viola da gamba, Carolyn Yarnell:
synthesizers, vocals, Paul Hale: baroque cello, George Thomson: conductor
||Yoshida & Fujii
||Yoshida Tatsuya: drums
& Satoko Fujii: piano
||Yoshihide,Otomo / New Jazz
||The first release outside
of Japan featuring two of Japan s quirkiest underground pop stars. From the
high fragile sonorities of Togawa Jun to the velvet, sultry tones of Phew,
Dreams runs the gamut from moody love songs, driving groove to screaming noise.
||Otomo Yoshihide has become
one of Japan s busiest and most well known musical ambassadors, performing
and recording with leading experimentalists the world over. Since the
disbanding of his raucous and popular band Ground Zero Otomo has written film
and dance scores, and recorded dozens of ambient and noise projects. Here he
steps out as a serious composer. Modulation #1 and #2 are two of his most
satisfying and provocative recordings, combining traditional Japanese
instruments like the sho with noise, improvisation and ambient drones. The
Cathode pieces combine an ensemble of some of Tokyo s most interesting
improvisers with analog electronics, turntables, samplers and tape
manipulations to create an eclectric world of soundtrack moods, contemporary
compositions and electronics.
||A blistering live
performance at one of Tokyo s longest running avant garde venues by one of
Tokyo s longest running avant garde bands.
||Four new compositions
exploring free jazz, Cagean dialectics and noise improvisation by one of
Japan s most versatile composer/performers. Beginning and ending with two of
the most intense recordings Otomo has ever done, the centerpieces of this
remarkable CD join the Cagean aesthetics of randomness and delicacy with
Japanese noise into two Zen koans. As perplexing as it is exhilarating.
||Another brilliant recording
by Yves Weyh's virtuosic avant-klezmer ensemble Zakarya. Their second CD for
Tzadik Jewish Series is a dynamic journey through Eastern Europe via witty
waltzes, thrash accordion, Balkan rock and moody doinas. Combining a charming
sense of humor with driving rhythms and a breathtaking ensemble sound,
Zakarya is fast becoming one of the most adventurous Jewish ensembles in
||Based in Paris, Zakarya is
the latest band project from the Jewish music master Yves Weyh. Exploring
aspects of Jewish history, humor, rhythms, scales and sensibilities, Zakarya
pushes the boundaries of Jewish culture in unexpected and exhilarating ways.
Featuring four brilliant young musicians on accordion, electric guitar, bass
and percussion, this is an astounding virtuosic debut that challenges
traditions both old and new.
||Danny Zamir is an
astounding young alto saxophonist/composer from Israel who plays with a
passion, command and mastery unheard of in a musician of only nineteen.
Moving to NYC in 1998, Danny hooked up with two kindred spirits to create
their telepathic trio, SATLAH, which brings together elements of Masada,
Steve Coleman, Ornette and David Sanborn into a music very much their own.
Featuring John Zorn on three tracks, this is an incredible debut recording of
new Jewish music by three musicians you will certainly be hearing a lot more
from in the future.
||Children of Israel
||The incredible musicianship
of Daniel Zamir has never more apparent than on this spectacular recording of
Israeli folk songs arranged for his telepathic trio Satlah and a horn section
of five saxophones. Featuring breathtaking solos over odd time signatures,
complex and soulful horn arrangements brilliantly performed by an all-star
downtown saxophone section, Children of Israel is one of the most exciting
and enjoyable CDs in the Tzadik catalog.
||One of the world s premier
noise percussionists and a learned scholar of Kabbalah, Torah and Talmud,
Z ev has been a vital force in the downtown scene since the late 1970s. In
addition to his collaborations with Glenn Branca, Rudolph Grey and his
fascinating solo work, Z ev is also a prolific writer and musical thinker. He
has written on subjects ranging from music composition, ritual performance
and has also translated several esoteric Tibetan and Hebrew texts into
English. His latest study is Metaphonics, the spiritual in sound, and The
Sapphire Nature is his first musical creation based on these principles.
Accompanied by 54 pages of text in both English and Hebrew (in PDF files),
the music is an atmospheric and hypnotic symphony of bangs, clangs and howls
in the night.
||Zorn / Bradfield / Miller /
Noyes / Ostertag,
wizard Bob Ostertag, percussion madmen Mark E. Miller and Charles K. Noyes
(The Toy Killers), the legendary master of noise violin Polly Bradfield and
of course the composer himself on sax, clarinets and duck calls, this is one
of Zorn s most rigorous and enigmatic game composition. Included as a bonus
track is the original test and false start of Archery.
||Zorn / Choi / Friedlander /
||Love Madness &
||Jennifer Choi: violin/ Erik
Friedlander: cello/ Stephen Drury: piano; Tracks: 1. Le Mômo 2.
Untitled 3. Amour Fou
||Ilana Davidson: voice, Tara
O Connor: piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute, Mike Lowenstern: clarinet,
bass clarinet, Stephen Drury: piano, organ, celesta, Fred Sherry: cello,
Jennifer Choi: violin, William Winant: percussion, Elizabeth Farnum: voice (movements
ten and eleven), Brad Lubman: conductor
||Zorn / Saft / Speed /
||Filmworks IX: Trembling
Before G-D / Mahshav
||Jamie Saft on organ and
piano and Chris Speed on clarinet, with a special guest appearance by
Filmworks regular Cyro Baptista.
||Filmworks XIV: Hiding and Seeking ||22.07.03
||Marc Ribot: guitar; Kenny
Wollesen: vibraphone; Cyro Baptista: percussion; Trevor Dunn: bass; Ganda
||Zorn,John / Callithumpian
Consort of New England Conservatory
||The works here span over
twenty years, and include Christabel, a student piece written in 1972
inspired by the romantic mystic poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the wind
octet Angelus Novus composed for the world-renown Netherland's Wind Ensemble
and dedicated to the Jewish cultural theorist Walter Benjamin, the dynamic
chamber symphony For Your Eyes Only and Carny, a virtuosic solo piece that
receives an impassioned and breathtaking performance by pianist Stephen
||Zorn,John / Emanuel /
Jaffee / Friedlander,
||A hypnotic work for harp,
violin, cello and percussion mirrors the detailed and complex painting for
which it is named, as a series of chords are ordered and reordered, creating
a play of memory and surprise that will leave the listener in a sensual reverie.
It's difficult to believe that "Dark River" for four bass drums is
actually acoustic music; the interplay of sonorities reminds one more of tape
manipulation or the electronic beating of underwater sonar.
||Zorn,John / Eye,Yamantaka,
||Dekoboko Hajime / Nani Nani
||Zorn,John / Feldman /
Cummins / Coleman / Bard/ Friedlander/ Medeski
||France has been the
birthplace of some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century.
Duras:Duchamp is a tribute to two timeless figures who have forever changed
our view of the world.
||Zorn,John / Masada String
Trio / Bar Kokhba Sextet,
||2CD: On The Circle Maker,
Zorn has again exquisitely arranged his popular and adventurous Masada
project for string trio and chamber ensemble. The first disc of this
outstanding 2CD set, Issachar, features the Masada String Trio: Mark Feldman
(violin), Erik Friedlander (cello) and Greg Cohen (bass). The passionate and
evocative performances of these three virtuoso musicians shed new light on
Zorn's book of inspiring compositions expanding the Jewish tradition. Disc
two, Zevulun, features the Bar Kokhba Sextet: Cohen, Feldman and Friedlander,
joined by the gifted Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, guitar wizard
Marc Ribot and jazz great Joey Baron on drums. This delightful set is a
joyous and extraordinary celebration of Jewish music,The Circle Maker and Bar
Kokhba are destined to become two of the most important releases of the late
||Zorn,John / Masada,
||Masada Live in Jerusalem
||2CD: This first set
presents Masada s historic visit to Israel, their first appearance at the
world famous Jerusalem Festival. A very special moment in the life of one of
the most exciting jazz groups working today.
||Zorn,John / Masada,
||Masada Live in Taipei
||2CD: Masada s live shows
have become legendary, but none more than these three extraordinary shows
recorded at Crown Theater in Taiwan s capital city of Taipei.
||Zorn,John / Ribot,Marc,
||Book of Heads
||Guitarist Marc Ribot has
released his own music on Island, Avant and Les Disques du Crepescule. He has
performed worldwide with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, the Lounge Lizards, Chuck
Berry, as well as his own solo projects and bands. Marc Ribot: solo guitar
||Featuring pivotal Downtown
luminaries Arto Lindsay (DNA, Ambitious Lovers), Anton Fier (Golden
Palominos), Ikue Mori (DNA), Wayne Horvitz (Pigpen), Peter Blegvad (Slapp
Happy, Art Bears), Christian Marclay, Whiz Kid and M.E. Miller, these
influential recordings are as exciting today as all the other new crap on
Tzadik, if not moreso.
||First Recordings (1973)
||Vintage recordings from
1973-74, including a performance on vocal and guitar, a tape collage
precursor to the infamous Naked City composition "Speed Freaks," a
tribute to jazz great Albert Ayler, a musique concrete film soundtrack
inspired by Varese and Antonin Artaud, and a long improvisational performance
piece which Zorn calls "the craziest thing I've ever done."
||Seemlessly combining 12
tone classical composition, improvisation, noise and klezmer, this is a work
not to be missed by anyone interested in new trends in modern music.
||Originally released in
Japan in 1992, Elegy, one of Zorn's most important compositions, creates a
mysterious world of erotic perversion.
||Classic Guide to Strategy
||John Zorn's infamous solo
music for saxophone and duckcalls bring together his obsessive love for
cartoon music, free jazz and musique concréte in a passionate and
||A film fanatic since his
youth, cinema has always been a central element in Zorn's life and work. In
the past ten years he has scored for the images of many directors from the
famous (Godard, Cronenberg, Walter Hill to the infamous (Raul Ruiz, Maria
Beatty, Hiroki Ryuichi).
||2CD: Masada has quickly
become one of John Zorn's most popular and adventurous musical projects.
These special arrangements for small ensembles of strings, keyboards and
clarinets, shed new light on his book of inspiring compositions expanding the
Jewish tradition. Bar Kokhba presents over two hours of dark, passionate and
evocative Jewish music, featuring some of New York City's finest musicians.
||Music from Dina Waxman's
Anton, Mailman, Henry Hills' Mechanics Of The Brain, and Maria Beatty's The
||Featuring Robert Quine,
Marc Ribot and Cyro Baptista, John Zorn mixes together world beat, surf
music, hard rock, ambient industrial noise, classical, jazz and just about
every other genre you can think of in a bizarre sound world for an equally
||Filmworks III contains 25
cues commissioned by Portland's vanguard advertising agency Weidman &
Kennedy for 15-to-60 second TV commercials directed by, among others, Godard,
Cronenberg, Sven Nykquist, and Industrial Light & Magic.
||Included here are a solo
sampler composition for Mn Sarah's A Lot Of Fun For The Evil One, a hypnotic
trance piece for KimSu Theiler's Pueblo, a suite and variations for solo
piano from Hiroke Yuichi's Japanese porno film Mauguy (Sadistic City), an
unusual sound-design for Lebanese writer Jalal Toufic's experimental
documentary Credits Included, and the score for Maria Beatty's Elegant
Spanking, which was a blueprint for Zorn's extended composition Redbird
||New Traditions in East
Asian Bar Bands
||Performed by an all-star
collection of the world's most creative improvising instrumentalists.
||Film Works 1986-1990
||This original installment
of the FilmWorks Series presents three scores ranging from punk-rockabilly
(featuring the nasty guitars of Bob Quine, Marc Ribot and Arto Lindsay); a
jazzy Bernard Herrmann fantasy; to a quirky classical/improv/world music
amalgam for Raul Ruiz's bizarre film The Golden Boat. Zorn's infamous one
minute arrangement of Morricone's classic The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, is
included as a bonus track.
||Film Works 7: Cynical
||Released in Japan for only
a few short months in 1990, this is the original music Zorn created for a
series of four shorts by one of Japan's most endearing cartoonists: Kiriko
||7CD: Issued on a private
label in limited editions of 1000 copies, these are the recordings that
fucked everyone up in the first place.
||Film Works 8 (1997)
||Augmenting the exciting
Masada String Trio with the sensual pipa of Min Xiao-Fen, the versatile
guitar of Marc Ribot and the ivory touch of Anthony Coleman's piano stylings,
this music blends Jewish and Chinese themes in a way both touching and fresh.
||Aporias: Requia for Piano
||An aporia is an impossible
passage and this "Requia" pays tribute to the indomitable creative
spirit that negotiates the aporia of life and death. Written for piano
soloist, six boy sopranos and full orchestra, Aporias is John Zorn's most
accomplished composition to date. Performed in Cologne, Vienna and at
Carnegie Hall, this monumental piece, part piano concerto, part Requiem has
been universally hailed by performers, composers and audience alike as a new
vision of modern orchestral music. Performed here by pianist Stephen Drury,
the Hungarian Radio Children's Choir and the American Composers Orchestra
under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies, this premiere recording made
under the supervision of the composer is an exhilarating experience filled
with subtle detail, unusual instrumental colors and emotional power. File
||Created originally for
three thirty minutes radio plays produced by Mabou Mines theater company back
in 1986, this exciting music features lush moody orchestrations, swinging
jazz, hard rock, groovy funk, noise, improvisations, exotic ambience and
much, much more.
||The original release plus 5
never-heard-before out-takes altogether presents the historic 1984 session
complete on one CD.
||Music Romance 1: Music for
Children" is the first in a series of quirky collections that show
Zorn's compositional genius at its most eclectic.
||Godard / Spillane
||Bill Frisell, Fred Frith,
Bobby Previte, Anthony Coleman, Christian Marclay, John Lurie, Richard
Foreman among others.
||At last all four of Zorn s
infamous compositions for string quartet are available on CD! Originally
commissioned by the world-renown Kronos Quartet, three of these pieces are
recorded here for the first time. From the cartoon/montage qualities of the
popular "Cat O Nine Tails," to the S/M poetry of "The Dead
Man," the hermetic philosophy of "Memento Mori" and the
spiritual transcendence of "Kol Nidre," these four quartets take on
and challenge the tradition of classical string quartets from Beethoven,
BartCk, Webern, Carter and Ferneyhough, forging an exciting new world of
their own. Performed by an exciting new quartet of Zorn veterans and new
music virtuosos, Zorn s unique compositional voice shines like never before.
||Taboo & Exile 2
||Music Romance Series
features twelve new Zorn compositions performed by the very best of today s
musical visionaries: guitar heroes Marc Ribot, Fred Frith and Robert Quine,
bass renegade Bill Laswell, percussion masters Joey Baron, Dave Lombardo and
Cyro Baptista, the Masada String Trio and vocalists Mike Patton and Miho
Hatori, among others.
||2CD: Featuring two all-star
groups including guitarists Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser and Davey
Williams, the music here sets the tone for much of what was to come sharp
contrasts, block changes, unusual juxtapositions, instrumental virtuosity and
a personal approach to composition, improvisation, sound, silence and color.
Previously available in the lavish 7-CD box set The Parachute Years, these
seminal recordings are now made available in separate issue.
||Big Gundown 15th
Anniversary (Special Edition)
||Newly remastered, this 15th
anniversary edition, includes six remarkable bonus tracks recorded especially
for this definitive edition now available exclusively from Tzadik.
||Composed largely between
1977 and 1989, these pieces harness improvisers in complex compositional
formats, combining the unpredictable edge of improvisation with the
structural integrity of written composition.
||Both CDs conclude with
different versions of Zorn s Jewish standard Kol Nidre including the world
premiere recording of his version for clarinet quartet.
||4CD: Orchestral music from
another dimension. Archery is Zorn s first large scale game piece and
features an incredible all-star band, including, among others: Eugene
Chadbourne, Bill Laswell, George Lewis, Bob Ostertag, Kramer, Tom Cora, Wayne
Horvitz and of course the composer himself on saxophone and duck calls.
||Featuring Marc Ribot
(Postizos), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), Cyro Baptista (Herbie Hancock), Jamie
Saft (Bobby Previte), Joey Baron (Masada) and many special guests, this is
the album Naked City fans have been waiting for.
||Songs From the Hermetic
Zorn: electronic and computer music, bass, water, drum, flute, glass bowl,
metal pipes, wax paper, mud, staple gun, etc./ Jennifer Choi: violins;
Tracks: 1. American Magus 2. In the Very Eye of Night 3. Codebreaker 4.
||Filmworks X: in the Mirror
of Maya Deren
||The music here moves from
nostalgia to mystery, capturing the many moods of Maya s life and art.
Performed by Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft and Cyro Baptista, In the Mirror of
Maya Deren also features the unique piano stylings of John Zorn over three
dreamy string arrangements.
||Masada Live At Tonic 2001
||2CD: Joey Baron: drums/
Dave Douglas: trumpet/ Greg Cohen: bass/ John Zorn: saxophone
||John Zorn: prompter
||Original recordings from
1980. In a catalog of bizarre oddities, this CD could be the weirdest yet.
Written in 1978 the composition Hockey has produced some of the strangest
music ever conceived.
||Masada First Live 1993
||The absolutely first time
the original quartet Masada ever played the music that has made them one of
the premier bands of modern Jewish music.
||In the tradition of Zorn s
longform studio compositions Godard, Spillane, Elegy, Kristallnacht and
Duras, yet completely unique in form and content, IAO is a hypnotic
seven-movement suite of Alchemy, Mysticism, Metaphysics and Magic both black
||Filmworks Xi: Under the
||The latest volume in a
continuing series documenting Zorn s varied and creative work for film
features one of his most popular ensembles the Masada String Trio. Feldman,
Friedlander and Cohen are not only brilliant soloists, but also sensitive
ensemble players, thoughtful composer/arrangers and the best of friends.
||Filmworks Xii: 3
||A touch of minimalism laces
the score to Charles Dennis film on New York s East Village dance scene;
haunting and childlike, the music for a documentary on outsider artist Morton
Bartlett is tenderly scored for voice and cello; finally, guitarist Marc Ribot
goes head to head with Chinese pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen for a film on the
lives of Shaolin Monks who have come to America to spread the teachings of
Buddha through the martial arts.
||Filworks Xiii: Invitation
to a Suicide
||Here, a taste of Ennio
Morricone, Astor Piazzola, French musette and Nino Rota make up what is
perhaps his greatest film score to date.
||Filmworks XIV: Hiding &
||Marc Ribot: guitar, Kenny
Wollesen: vibraphone, Cyro Baptista: percussion, Trevor Dunn: bass, Ganda
||Unknown Masada: Vol.3, 10th
||Erik Friedlander/ Dave
Douglas/ Ruins/ Julian Kytasty/ Rashanim/ Koby Israelite/ Zahava Seewald and
Psamim/ Trevor Dunn with Fantomas/ Eyvind Kang/ Jamie Saft/ Wadada Leo Smith/
||In 1993 John Zorn began
composing and performing his 208 tunes that now comprise what is known as the
Masada songbook. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this, his most popular
musical project, John Zorn has organized a series of CDs, featuring his most
illustrious colleagues performing their own unique arrangements of these
classics of modern Jewish music. This first release contains three guitarists
whose styles are as varied as the compositions they perform. From the
singular brilliance of Marc Ribot, the lush sonorities of Bill Frisell, to
the orchestral virtuosity of Tim Sparks, Masada Guitars is a glittering
tribute, lovingly executed by three of the most original guitarists in the
||Voices in the Wilderness:
Masada Anniversary Edition Vol.2
||Volume 2 is an eclectic and
powerful collection of almost two dozen Masada classics artfully arranged by
some of the downtown scene s most creative performers. Zorn s catchiest and
most lyrical tunes performed by rock bands, klezmer groups, vocalists, jazz.
||The past few years have
seen the underground transformed by the Japanese Invasion. Ruins and
compatriots the Boredoms, Haino Keiji, and Ground Zero are continually
outdoing each other with each new album.
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