lundi 30 décembre 2013

Audio - John Zorn @ 60 - The Alchemist [string quartet]

 
The Alchemist au North Sea Jazz Festival. L'enregistrement en cd paraîtra en février.

 
 

dimanche 29 décembre 2013

lundi 23 décembre 2013

John Zorn en 2013 - Bilan


Le bilan discographique de John Zorn pour 2013 :



Filmworks XXV

Lemma

The Mysteries
Tap, Book of Angels
vol. 20

Dreamachines

"@"

On the Torment
of Saints...

The Prophecy

Shir Hashirim

In Lambeth

vendredi 20 décembre 2013

Vidéo - John Zorn - Spirou et Fantasio à New York / Blind Idiot God

 
Tiré des Bandes Originales Du Journal De Spirou, John Zorn et Blind Idiot God, 1989 :  
 
 
 

mardi 17 décembre 2013

Vidéo - lou reed memorial 3 John Zorn tribute to Metal Machine

 
John Zorn lors du concert hommage à Lou Reed au théâtre Apollo le 16 décembre. 
 
 
 

A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 14: John Zorn (part 2)

 
Entrevue de John Zorn par Dave Douglas, 2ème partie.  
 
Part 2 of Dave Douglas’ sit down with John Zorn recorded on September 12th, 2013 at WNYU Studios. John talks about finding the language of the alto saxophone in the 70′s through an obsessive practice method, his approach to writing for recent pieces that pair through-composed elements with improvisers, and the leadership strategies of Gen. George S. Patton.  
 

samedi 14 décembre 2013

En vrac (4)

 
- Metempsychomagia, joué par par le quartet Abraxas (Aram Bajakian : guitare, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz : basse, Kenny Grohowski : batterie, Eyal Maoz : guitare) a été enregistré et paraîtra en février. Kenny Grohowski en parle sur son site.
- Robert Rodriguez enregistrera son volume du Book of Angels en Israël; parution en 2014.  
 
Chroniques de disques : 
- Moonchild, Templars - In Sacred Blood (Eklektik)
- The Mysteries (Bird is the Worm)
- Pat Metheny, Tap, Book of Angels vol. 20 (Dusted Magazine)  
 
Photos :
- 106 photos d'Abraxas au Stone le 30 septembre pour la première de Metempsychomagia (Downtown Music.net)
- Moonchild et John Zorn au festival Bestia de Mexico (Bestia Festival)
- John Zorn et Shanir Blumenkranz lors de l'inauguration de l'expo Semina à Boo-Hooray.  
 
Comptes-rendus
- Abraxas au Stone (Concert Manic)
- John Zorn au Théâtre Miller en septembre (Culture visuelle)  
 
 
 

samedi 7 décembre 2013

Parutions à venir

 
A paraître en février :
- Metempsychomagia, par le quartet Abraxas (Aram Bajakian : guitare, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz : basse, Kenny Grohowski : batterie, Eyal Maoz : guitare).
- The Alchemist, quatuor à cordes.  
 
 

Vidéo - Moonchild au Poisson rouge (2 vidéos)

 
 
 
 
 

vendredi 29 novembre 2013

En vrac (3)

 

Shir Ashirim disponible chez Orkhestra et DMG.


In Lambeth: Visions From The Walled Garden Of William Blake disponible chez Orkhestra et chez DMG.

Disponible chez DMG :
Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn : Volume II: Great Duo Live (Label: Chadula)
Featuring Eugene Chadbourne on all guitars & effects and John Zorn on alto & soprano sax, B-flat clarinet & game calls. These are previously unreleased archival recordings from 1977 to 1980, both solos and duos.

Chroniques de disques :
- On the Torment of Saints, the Casting of Spells and the Evocation of the Spirits et Painkiller : Prophecy - Live in Europe (Mange mes disques)
- Painkiller - The Prophecy: Live in Europe (AllMusic) - The Book of Heads, par Christof Funabashi (The Sound Projector)
- Ipsissimus (Memory Select : Avant Jazz Radio)

Comptes-rendus :
- John Zorn At The Met (The Quietus)
- John Zorn Day at HCMF (5:4) - Zorn at Huddersfield: Impressions (forum Offering)
- Huddersfield contemporary music festival (The Guardian)

Photos du Zorn Day au Festival de musique contemporaine de Huddersfield.

vendredi 22 novembre 2013

A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 13: John Zorn (part 1)

 
Entrevue de John Zorn par Dave Douglas.  
 
On September 12th Dave Douglas sat down with John Zorn for a conversation at the WNYU studios. As they only scratched the surface, we’ve split the interview into two parts. Part 1 covers Game Pieces, Band Leading, Composing, and hints at leadership strategies of Gen. George S. Patton. Various musical selections are interspersed. Stay tuned for Part 2 with talk about Patton, improvisation, John’s practice techniques, his approach to writing for recent pieces that combine through-composed parts with improvisers.  

samedi 16 novembre 2013

The Hermetic Organ vol. 2 - St. Paul’s Chapel

 
A paraître en janvier, le deuxième volume des concerts d'orgue solo de John Zorn : 
 
John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ vol. 2—St. Paul’s Chapel [#8312]
Drawing upon traditions as varied as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ligeti, Bach, Tournemire, Ives, Korla Pandit and The Phantom of the Opera, Zorn’s organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination. Performed at St. Paul’s Chapel at a time when the organ was undergoing extensive reconstruction, the limited number of stops available to him focused his imagination to new heights, resulting in Zorn’s most revelatory recital to date. The second volume documenting these legendary organ recitals is a transcendent experience filled with moments of passion, tenderness, fragility and extraordinary power. (Release date: January 2014)  

mercredi 13 novembre 2013

En vrac

 
  • Le 2e volume des concerts d'orgue solo de John Zorn, The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2 - St. Paul's Chapel, est prévu pour la fin janvier.

  • Pandora's Box, pièce pour quatuor à cordes et soprano commanditée par Irvine Arditti a été jouée les 27 et 28 octobre dernier à Vienne par le Quatuor Arditti et la soprano Sarah Maria Sun, et sera repris lors du festival de musique contemporaine de Hudderfield (Grande-Bretagne), le 21 novembre, ainsi qu'au Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ d'Amsterdam, le 8 mars 2014.

  • John Zorn apparaîtra sur le prochain album de Current 93 qui doit sortir en février ( New Current 93 album to feature Nick Cave, Antony Hegarty, John Zorn and more). 

  • ice: breaking the mould : entrevue avec Claire Chase, directrice artistique et flutiste de l'International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) à propos de la prestation de l'orchestre (musique de John Zorn) au festival de Hudderfield (Grande-Betagne) le 21 novembre.

  • Compte-rendus du concert de l'International Contemporary Ensemble - Restrospective John Zorn, le 26 octobre:
    - Review: ICE plays John Zorn @ MCA (Transmission)
    - ICE Celebrates Peripatetic Genius John Zorn at MCA Chicago (blogue du ICE)

  • Chroniques de disques :
    - "@"  (This is Book's Music
    - "@" (Rockaxis)
    - "@" (The Free Jazz Collective)

 

Vidéo - John Zorn - The Book of Heads (trailer), par Kobe Van Cauwenberghe

 
 
 

jeudi 7 novembre 2013

lundi 4 novembre 2013

Audio - Briel, par le Silk Road Ensemble

 
Briel, tiré de Caym, Book of Angels vol.17, joué par le Silk Road Ensemble.

 
 

samedi 2 novembre 2013

Painkiller - The Prophecy

 
Painkiller : The Prophecy, disponible chez Orkhestra.

JOHN ZORN, saxophone alto / BILL LASWELL, basse / YOSHIDA TATSUYA, batterie
Fondé en 1991 par deux des “urgentistes” les plus célèbres de la Downtown (LASWELL et ZORN), le trio PAINKILLER est devenu au fil des ans une référence incontournable en matière de free-noise-rock extrême. Le premier album du power trio à sortir en dix ans a été enregistré lors de la tournée européenne de 2004-2005. Une longue suite d'épique d'une heure est complétée de deux brûlots hardcore et sulfureux. Âmes délicates et sensibles s’abstenir.  
 

On the Torment of Saints, the Casting of Spells and the Evocation of Spirits

 
On the Torment of Saints, the Casting of Spells and the Evocation of Spirits est disponible chez Orkestra.

Trois compositions de musique de chambre interprétées par de jeunes virtuoses du classique. Le plus souvent couplée à Walpurgisnacht (composition de 2004 de ZORN), All Hallows' Eve est un tour de force pour trio de cordes, offrant le pendant satanique au Sabbat des Sorcières. Spécialement écrite pour le ICE ENSEMBLE, The Tempest est la retranscription sonore de l'ultime pièce de SHAKESPEARE. Et mission est confiée au FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE de Chicago d'interpréter The Torment Of Saints, sorte de mini concerto pour piano, axé autour d'un dialogue philosophique entre Saint-Antoine et ses tentateurs.

mercredi 30 octobre 2013

En vrac


dimanche 27 octobre 2013

John Zorn - The Stone : programme


Extrait du programme de The Stone pour l'année à venir :

29 novembre 2013
8 and 10 pm Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz - ABRAXAS plays MASADA Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)

30 novembre et 1er décembre 2013 :
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn’s METEMPSYCHOMAGIA
Aram Bajakian, Eyal Maoz (guitars) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Kenny Grohowski (drums)
WORLD PREMIERE of a complex new book of music written for the ABRAXAS band by downtown Alchemist John Zorn! MAJORI FORSAN CUM TIMORE SENTENTIAM IN ME FERTIS QUAM EGO ACCIPIAM—your fear in pronouncing this sentence over me is probably greater than mine who is receiving it.


22 décembre 2013 :
8 pm
Ikue Mori and John Zorn Duo
Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)


25 au 29 décembre 2013
JOHN ZORN ANNUAL END OF THE YEAR IMPROV WEEK—A STONE BENEFIT A special week of benefit concerts featuring some of the most exciting improvisers in New York. John Zorn will be appearing with a different lineup every night so come on down multiple nights and help support The Stone! All proceeds go to help pay our rent and upkeep.

25 décembre
8 pm

CHRISTMAS DAY IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Ches Smith (drums) Uri Caine (piano) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Nonoko Yoshida (sax) David Watson (guitar) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin) Chris Otto (violin)
25$

26 décembre
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Marty Ehrlich (sax) Tim Keiper (drums) Chris Speed (reeds) Anthony Coleman (piano) Steve Swell (trombone) Ty Citerman (guitar)
25$

27 décembre
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Uri Gurvich (sax) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Ron Anderson (guitar) Chris Cochrane (guitar) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Michael Nicolas (cello) Don McKenzie (drums)
25$

28 décembre
8 pm JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT John Zorn (sax) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Jon Madof (guitar) Dave Scanlon (guitar) Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Frank London (trumpet) Adam Rudolph (percussion) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Billy Martin (percussion) Briggan Krauss (sax) 25$

29 décembre
8 pm JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT John Zorn (sax) Thurston Moore (guitar) Mary Halvorson (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Joe Morris (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Erik Friedlander (cello) Jay Campbell (cello) Pauline Kim (violin) Brian Chase (drums) Craig Taborn (piano)
25$ 

31 décembre 2013 :
8 pm
Thurston Moore and John Zorn New Year’s Duo
Thurston Moore (guitar) John Zorn (sax)


23 janvier 2014 :
8 pm
Uri Caine and John Zorn Duo
Uri Caine (piano) John Zorn (sax)


19 avril 2014 :
8 pm
John Zorn and Bill Laswell Duo
John Zorn (sax) Bill Laswell (bass)


16 avril 2014 :
8 pm
John Zorn's NOVA EXPRESS
Kenny Wollesen (vibes) John Medeski (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) Joey Baron (drums)
10 pm
John Zorn's DREAMACHINES
Kenny Wollesen (vibes) John Medeski (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) Joey Baron (drums)
 
 
 
 


2 au 7 septembre 2014:
ANGELS AT THE STONE A special week long festival of 12 bands from John Zorn's Book of Angels series performing music from Masada Book Two.
2 septembre 2014
8 pm
Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier—MALPHAS Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
10 pm
Eyvind Kang Eyvind Kang (viola) Jessika Kinney (voice)

3 septembre
8 pm
MYCALE Ayelet Gottlieb, Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Malika Zarra (voices)
10 pm
Jamie Saft Trio Jamie Saft (piano)

4 septembre
8 pm
Erik Friedlander Solo Erik Friedlander (cello)
10 pm
Krakauer plays Masada Krakauer (clarinet) Keepalive (beats) Mike Sarin (drums) Jerome Harris (bass) Sheryl Bailey (guitar)

5 septembre
8 pm
Masada String Trio Mark Feldman (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) Greg Cohen (bass)
10 pm
ABRAXAS Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)

6 septembre
8 pm
Uri Caine Solo Uri Caine (piano)
10 pm
Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits Cyro Baptista (percussion) Tim Keiper (drums) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Brian Marsella (keyboards)

7 septembre
8 pm
Roberto Rodriguez and Octeto Masada Roberto Rodriguez (percussion)
10 pm
Daniel Zamir plays Masada Daniel Zamir (sax)

jeudi 3 octobre 2013

lundi 30 septembre 2013

Vidéo - John Zorn organ in the MET

 
Quelques secondes du concert d'orgue de John Zorn au Met :  
 
 
 

Vidéo - Zorn at the Met, September 28, 2013

 
En 75 secondes, un aperçu de toutes les prestations qui se sont déroulées au Metropolitan Museum of Art le 28 septembre. 
 
 
 

jeudi 19 septembre 2013

Parutions de John Zorn en novembre

 
Annoncé chez Tzadik : 
 
John Zorn: Shir Hashirim [#8310] Drawing upon traditions from plainchant, mediaeval ars nova, Renaissance madrigals, 20th century vocal techniques and minimalism, Zorn’s music for a cappella voice is some of his most personal and beloved creations. This is the definitive recording of his sublime, transcendent and radiant work inspired by the seductive lyricism of the world’s oldest known erotic verse. Recorded by The Sapphites, the same all-star quintet that recorded Zorn’s first a cappella masterwork Frammenti del Sappho in 2004, and the soon to be released Holy Visions, this is a sensual evocation of King Solomon’s poetic aphrodisiac The Song of Songs, bathed in a gorgeous package replete with erotic fragrance and a sprig of myrrh. (Release date: Nov 2013)  
 
John Zorn: On The Torment Of Saints, The Casting Of Spells And The Evocation Of Spirits [#9003] Another installment of spectacular chamber pieces written for some of the greatest new music performers in the US today! Written as a companion piece to Walpurgisnacht (2004), All Hallows’ Eve is a tour de force in three movements for string trio—satanic counterpoint for the Witches’ Sabbath. Written as a gift to the ICE ensemble, Zorn wrote The Tempest as a musical reading of Shakespeare’s mystical and engmatic last play. Finally, the virtuosic Chicago based Fifth House ensemble performs Zorn’s mini-piano concerto in the form of a philosophical dialogue between St. Anthony and his tormentors. Three piece of magic and religious mysticism from downtown alchemist John Zorn performed by a new generation of musical masters! (Release date: Nov 2013)  
 
Painkiller: The Prophecy [#8311] John Zorn and Bill Laswell are two of the downtown scene's most consistently intrepid musical explorers, and PainKiller, formed in 1991 is their longest running project together. The Prophecy, the first official PainKiller release in over ten years, was recorded live in Europe in 2004–5 and pulls together music from several concerts into a powerful and mind blowing suite unlike anything the group has ever released before. Featuring master drummer Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Korekyojin) who has worked with Zorn and Laswell off and on since the mid-’80s, the music takes on a mercurial, unpredictable edge. One epic hour long suite surrounded by two short hardcore blasts of searing intensity, The Prophecy is music of great mystical power from one of the most unique sax-bass-drums trios ever assembled. (Release date: Nov 2013)  
 

vendredi 13 septembre 2013

mercredi 11 septembre 2013

Podcast - Book of Angels

 
Des pièces du Book of Angels présentés à la radio WNYC : 
 
 
 

John Zorn à La Villette - Comptes-rendus

 
Quelques comptes-rendus du passage de John Zorn à La Villette, à Paris :  
 
John Zorn Marathon (Jazz à la Villette) (Laurent Sapir)  
 
John Zorn Marathon - 60th Birthday Celebration - @ Cité de la Musique, samedi 7 septembre 2013 : Part 1; Part 2; Part 3 (Native Dancer)  
 
John Zorn Marathon (Belette Jazz)  
 
Jazz : au concert de John Zorn, je me suis tortillé dans tous les sens (Rue 89)  
 
John Zorn Marathon à la Villette 1, 2, 3 (Jazz Magazine/Jazzman)  
 
John Zorn Marathon : 60th Birthday Celebration - Jazz à la Villette (Paris) (Indie Rock Mag)  
 
Zorn, au-delà des clichés (Criss Cross)  
 
John Zorn - Marathon Zorn @ 60 (Cité de la Musique et Grande Halle de la Villette - 7 Septembre 2013) (Bien culturel)  
 

samedi 7 septembre 2013

Vidéo - The Song Project / Mike Patton

 
Les parties de The Song Project chantées par Mike Patton lors du festival Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2013. 
 
 
 

Audio - Article de Wikipédia

 
Lecture (en anglais) de l'article de Wikipédia sur John Zorn, destiné d'abord aux aveugles et malvoyants. 
 
 
 

jeudi 5 septembre 2013

Parutions John Zorn à venir

 
A paraître au mois de novembre, trois albums de John Zorn. Deux dans la série Composer :
- On the Torment of Saints, the Casting of Spells and the Evocation of Spirits.
- Shir Hashirim (qui devrait également comprendre The Holy Visions).
Le troisième de Painkiller : Prophecy Live in Europe.

Rappel : en octobre est prévu la parution du troisième CD du Gnostic Trio (Bill Frisell, Kenny Wollesen, Carol Emanuel), In Lambeth - Visions From the Walled Garden of William Blake, avec la participation de Ikue Mori.
En septembre, c'est "@", du duo John Zorn - Thurston Moore.

mardi 3 septembre 2013

Entrevue John Zorn à NPR

 
Entrevue avec John Zorn à l'émission Fresh Air sur NPR : 
 

dimanche 1 septembre 2013

Les 60 ans de Zorn à la radio

 
Plusieurs stations de radio soulignent les 60 ans de John Zorn.
Tout le mois de septembre sur WKCR, qui s'écoute en ligne : programme.
Le 2 septembre sur Jazz on 3, à la BBC.
Le 2 septembre sur TSF Jazz, à l'émission Les Lundis du Duc.  
 

Dossier John Zorn dans Jazz Magazine - Jazzman

 
Après JazzNews en juillet, Jazz Magazine-Jazzman publie un dossier sur John Zorn en septembre.

 

mercredi 21 août 2013

Audio - Cobra en Grèce

 
Audio de la prestation de Cobra en Grèce. (Rappel sur le sujet : Cobra en Grèce
 
 
 

Vidéo - John Zorn - Camarón for piano and four percussion, from Aporias

 
 
 

lundi 19 août 2013

Vidéo - John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Milford Graves - Le Poisson rouge, 8 juin 2013 (2 vidéos)

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hil36uXh00E  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh2M1TiCSgM  
 

Zorn en serial

 
Zorn en sérial, un série d'article sur John Zorn qui présente sa production discographique sous un angle ludique.  
 

Pochette - In Lambeth - Visions From The Walled Garden Of William Blake

 
 
 
La pochette de In Lambeth - Visions From The Walled Garden Of William Blake (Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel, Kenny Wollesen, avec Ikue Mori en invitée), à paraître en octobre.  
 

mercredi 14 août 2013

In Lambeth—Visions From The Walled Garden Of William Blake

 
Annoncé chez Tzadik, à paraître en octobre : 
John Zorn: In Lambeth—Visions From The Walled Garden Of William Blake [#8309] 
 
The third CD by Zorn’s most intimate 21st century ensemble The Gnostic Trio features these three master musicians tighter than ever. Lush and lyrical, Frisell really opens up adding a level of subtle nuance and beauty to the shimmering tones of harp and vibraphone. Subtitled "Visions from the Walled Garden of William Blake", In Lambeth celebrates the remarkable work of this legendary Romantic poet, artist and philosopher, presenting nine gorgeous compositions capturing the innocence, open heart, transcendent wisdom and subtle melancholy of one of the world’s most beloved visionaries.  
 

jeudi 8 août 2013

Vidéo - Electric Masada, live @ Jazz em Agosto, 4/8/2013

 
 
 

@ (John Zorn et Thurston Moore) - Pochette

 
La pochette de @, album de John Zorn et Thurston Moore qui paraîtra fin septembre. 
 
 
 
John Zorn And Thurston Moore: “@” [#7643] 
 
Screeches, Scratches, Knocks, Bangs, Explosions and Howls in the Night! “@” is a fabulous studio recording of duo improvisations from two downtown masters, each responsible for some of the most dynamic music ever to come out of downtown NY. Both long-time supporters of extreme music and proponents of free improvisation, John and Thurston are brilliant improvisers and have worked with everyone from Derek Bailey, Milford Graves and Evan Parker to Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Han Bennink and beyond. Exhibiting a deep musical connection, they come together here for the first time to create a fabulous program of varied and powerful duo improvisations. “@” presents the community of NY’s Downtown scene at its collaborative best.  
 

dimanche 4 août 2013

lundi 22 juillet 2013

jeudi 18 juillet 2013

A paraître : John Zorn et Thurston Moore

A paraître en septembre, un album de John Zorn et Thurston Moore, Ò@Ó.

Vidéo - The Dreamers à Londres

 
 
 

dimanche 14 juillet 2013

Dreamachines disponible

 

Dreamachines est disponible chez Orkhestra.  
JOHN MEDESKI, piano / KENNY WOLLESEN, vibraphone / TREVOR DUNN, basse / JOEY BARON, batterie 
 
“Nous devons abattre les citadelles des lumières, les moyens sont là à notre portée” (WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS). JOHN ZORN est depuis l’adolescence fasciné par les expériences sur la psyché de GYSIN et BURROUGHS. Suite d'Interzone et de Nova Express (variations du premier à la cadence ternaire), l'opus Dreamachines rend hommage aux machines à rêver créées par BRYON GYSIN afin d'élargir le champ de conscience de ceux que séduit cette forme d'auto-hypnose, mettant à profit les techniques du cut up, comme il le fit avec NAKED CITY autrefois, l'atonalité singulière de son écriture contemporaine et le lyrisme pointu du Masada songbook. Quatre éminences de la Downtown composent ce (post) MODERN JAZZ QUARTET, dépêché au service d'une des œuvres les plus intenses de JOHN ZORN qui célébre deux des figures littéraires les plus subversives de la Beat Generation.

 
 

Vidéo - Moonchild au Barbican de Londres

 
 
 

Vidéo - Moonchild au North Sea Jazz Festival (2).

 
 
 

Vidéo - Moonchild au North Sea Jazz Festival

 
 
 

Vidéo - Electric Masada au North Sea Jazz Festival

 
 
 

Vidéo - The Song Project au North Sea Jazz Festival

 
 
 

Vidéo - John Zorn--Templars--North Sea Jazz Festival

 
 
 

Vidéo - Electric Masada - North Sea Jazz festival

 
 
 

Vidéo - John Zorn @ North Sea Jazz Festival

 
 
 

lundi 8 juillet 2013

Entrevue John Zorn à Spinning on Air

 
Dans cette entrevue accordée à David Garland de l'émission Spinning on Air, John Zorn parle plus particulièrement de ses compositions pour voix de femmes Shi Ha-Shirim et The Holy Visions. Les deux pièces sortent sur un cd cette année. Contrairement aux versions déjà jouées sur scène (notamment à Paris avec Mathieu Amalric et Clotilde Hesme) la version de Shir Ha-Shirim ne comportera pas de narration. Il s'entretient également de sa musique pour quatuor à cordes.

 
 

jeudi 4 juillet 2013

Vidéo - Tirzah Quartet joue John Zorn

 
Le Tirzah-Quartet joue des arrangements originaux de musique de film et d'autres compositions de John Zorn. Il sera le 14 juillet à Gand pour la journée Zorn@60.

 
 

mardi 2 juillet 2013

Cobra en Grèce - Détails

 
À propos de la performance de Cobra en Grèce (voir le vidéo), voilà ce qu'écrit Manthos Karras, prompter et co-directeur de l'orchestre:

My name is Manthos Karras and i am the prompter and the co-director of the orchestra.
This is the first cobra live performance in Greece.
We tried to give our performance a more theatrical feeling. We made an installation in the space where the live was held using objects, strange lights, frames, images etc.
The duration was about 1h20' without intemission. So we played actually one cobra. We wanted the audience to enter a strange world knowing nothing about the game piece and its rules, without clapping between cobras etc. Because of that we had some prepared music called with Runners (R) (like Erik Satie's VEXATIONS and Steve Reich's Clapping Music) as inderludes.
We also made some "additions" to typical Cobra.
We had an audience card trying to make the audience part of the performance, a card called "parrot" (players immitate what parrot does), (R)unner with loop playing, (R)unners making sounds like machines or animal sounds, etc.
Masks for the guerrillas along with hats. performance improvisations along with music playing (the dance was one of these).
Cobra system has so many potentials!
Most of the cues are requested by the performers. The prompter just controls the rhythm of the changes and makes only a few artistic decisions. It's very important for us Cobra to be a group synthesis.
After this live performance we're trying to evolve cobra game piece in other ways also.

Manthos

mardi 25 juin 2013

Audio - Passagen, par Jennifer Choi

 
Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR Play Wuorinen, Zorn & Beethoven. La première pièce est Passagen, de John Zorn, jouée le 14 juin au Poisson Rouge.

 
 

lundi 24 juin 2013

Vidéo - greg cohen & co @ jewish museum, berlin

 
Greg Cohen et co. jouent John Zorn.

 
 

dimanche 23 juin 2013

jeudi 13 juin 2013

John Zorn à Victoriaville - Compte-rendu de Bruce Lee Gallanter


Compte-rendu de la journée John Zorn au Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, le 19 mai dernier, par Bruce Lee Gallanter de Downtown Music Gallery. Ce compte-rendu est envoyé aux abonnés à la newsletter de DMG et sera disponible sur le site dans quelques temps.

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The fourth and final day of Victo 2013 was called 'Zorn at Sixty', a celebration of the music of New York City composer, saxist, label-head and performance space honcho, John Zorn! For his past two decade birthday celebrations at 40 and 50 years old, Mr. John performed for thirty days of his birthday month (September) at the old Knitting Factory (at 40) and at Tonic (at 50). This year for his 60th birthday, Mr. Zorn has decided to do as many concerts in New York and around the world as is humanly possible. Hence, today (5/19/13) is the Day of Zorn with five concerts at different locations in Victoriaville, each one very different. Just a couple of days earlier, Mr. Zorn and more than twenty musicians performed an entire day at the Moers Festival in Germany while in March, Mr. Zorn presented five sets in the three hours at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, a first for MOMA. Each concert and each set featured a different set of musicians and a different type of music.

The first set of the day took place at the Cinema and was called "the Classical Connection". There three three pieces for different ensembles. The first was "Illuminations" for a trio of Stephen Gosling on piano, Trevor Dunn on acoustic bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums. Although the instrumentation is that of a jazz piano trio, the pianist is classically trained. Zorn has written this piece so that it does sound like a great, explosive partially free jazz piano trio. Like Zorn's writing in the late eighties/early nineties (for Naked City), this music was also ultra-tight, episodic and filled with quick changes in direction. This was a demanding work for the members of the trio who must constantly shift dynamics, tempos and styles throughout. Pianist Stephen Gosling has learned how to break free of the rigidity of much written classical music and go with the flow that connects several streams at once. "The Alchemist" is for a string quartet which must deal with a wealth difficult sections and strategies. Mr. Zorn has been writing string quartets for more than a decade and has been refining his work with a variety of ideas, genres and influences (from different artists). Some sections were super quiet and involve minute shifts in detail. Different soloists emerged and explored varying thematic material. It took complete concentration to hear all that was going on within Zorn's barbed web of kaleidoscopic colors. "The Holy Visions" featured a five piece women's choir which included Lisa Bielawa who has a disc out on Tzadik. I've heard this piece once before but it seemed longer and more involved. Although this type of choral music does remind me of music from the church, Zorn has expanded his palette by adding more layers and harmonies. What amazed me was how much complexity and diversity Zorn has gotten of five fine vocalists. The sound was often lush, sensuous, thoughtful with the vocalists weaving their voices into different layers. For me, it seems as if we couldn't tell that this was music that Zorn had written since it didn't quite sound like any of his other compositions. Other than a few unexpected twists and turns which were very subtle, this piece wasn't at all Zorn-like. Another surprise from the master of the unexpected.

Another big surprise was the next concert at Colosseum A called, "The Song Project". The concert featured three vocalists: Mike Patton, Jesse Harris and Sofia Rey, who is also a member of Mycale (female vocal quartet with a disc on Tzadik). The band featured many of the members of Electric Masada or the Dreamers: Marc Ribot on guitar, John Medeski on piano & organ, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, Trevor Dunn on contrabass, Cyro Baptista on percussion and Joey Baron on drums. For this project, Zorn had various writers (Sean Lennon, Mike Patton & Jesse Harris) write lyrics which Zorn matched up to his music. Each of the three singers had a chance to sing lead and each was very different in style and approach. What was surprising was that most of the songs sung by Mr. Harris and Ms. Rei were actually lovely, immensely charming, something you might not associate with Mr. Zorn unless you are paying attention to the many different projects that Zorn has been releasing in recent years like 'Alhambra Love Songs' or some of the Masada Books of Angels series. Jesse Harris, who has collaborated with multi-Grammy winner Nora Jones, has a lovely, fragile voice which often sounds more like a young girl. Ms. Rei sang (and wrote the words) to a piece which sounded like a bossa nova and was most sublime. The biggest surprise was that Mike Patton chose and sung two Naked City songs which showed a much different vibe to Zorn's music, his punk/jazz/surf days were in evidence, knocked us all out and made us old Naked City fans smile. Although Zorn himself didn't play here, he did conduct, cue his musicians and was indeed i charge of the flow. The band was in rare form, reinventing itself for each piece as the mood and music were different and Zorn would push each member (especially Ribot & Medeski) to add their own magic to certain songs. The last piece was dedicated to Lou Reed and had a Velvets-like dark, brooding theme with great organ from Medeski, a classic screaming guitar solo from Ribot and powerful screams from Mr. Patton. Mr. Zorn will be presenting his Vocal Project at Poisson Rouge in NYC in September of this year so try to check it out if you can.

The next set was again at Colosseum A and it was completely different. This time on the big stage it was the Moonchild ensemble performing "Templars", a premier performance in North America. Zorn has been composing a series of works which deal with both spiritual and dark themes like 'Moonchild', 'Astronome', and 'Six Litanies for Heliogabalus'. With each one, he adds another musician. 'Templars' features Mike Patton on voice, John Medeski on organ, Trevor Dunn on electric bass and Joey Baron on drums. This set was the heaviest and most intense of the Zorn Day celebration. For this work, Zorn has put together an incredible, powerful, colossal quartet with each member integral to the awesome heavy sound. For all the concerts of the day, Zorn brought up his own sound technician, Marc Urselli, who always does a great job in the studio as well as for the live setting. The original Moonchild piece was just Patton, Dunn & Baron and it was no less devastating. Everyone here was at their best, Patton's voice has never sounded better, Trevor Dunn's electric bass was monstrous, an immense tower of sound erupting and Joey Baron, longtime Zorn's secret weapon and linchpin drummer had a powerhouse sound. This piece has an almost symphonic sound, like an opera that features the voice of Satan at the center of the storm. This was one of those performances when witnessed will not be readily forgotten. Troubling, overwhelming, outstanding!

The final set at the Colosseum was Zorn's Dreamers band and Electric Masada, who share most of the same members but have a much different sound. The Dreamers feature Ribot on guitar, Jamie Saft on keyboards, Trevor Dunn on el. bass, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, Cyro Baptista on percussion and Joey Baron on drums. The Dreamers are Zorn's tribute to Martin Denny, Lounge music and that post-surf guitar twang thing. They seem to appeal to folks with more normal, less adventurous tastes. I find them immensely charming and not so limiting as some think. Live, they are even better at making this music more magical, creating another more enchanting world. Here Zorn conducts, pushing them into less obvious areas. Zorn prods Ribot on guitar, Jamie on piano & organ, Cyro on percussion and Joey on drums to take amazing solos which then pushes the intensity into the red zone. Although the Dreamers are somewhat tame on record, they are not at all tame live. They haven't played live in a while so it was great to hear them again on the big stage. The band mutates into Electric Masada when Ikue Mori joins them, Kenny switches to drums and Zorn pulls out his sax. This version of Electric Masada are one of the finest, hottest electric jazz/rock bands in existence and again, they haven't played for quite some time. Zorn also conducts and pushes them hard, knowing when to get both drummers to play together or do some incredible back & forth action. Electric Masada have a large, imposing sound which Zorn molds with his hand signals. Zorn himself takes a couple of amazing sax solos which only added fuel to the fire. Everyone in the band gets a chance to stretch and solo, with Mr. Zorn pushing them even further as the set progressed. In many ways, this is the perfect set to end the festival in the big room of the colosseum. But still, it is not the end of the fest or Zorn day. There was one more set left at a near-by church.

Over the past couple of years, Mr. Zorn has performed a handful of solo organ sets at different churches or auditoriums in NY, Philly and in Europe. Organ was Zorn's first instrument which he played before taking up the sax. For the first time that week, it was raining in Victo but this didn't dampen our spirits. As a Jew, I often feel a bit out of place in a church but wanted to give this set a chance nonetheless. I did catch Zorn play a large organ at Columbia University last year and thought it was interesting but not much more so I didn't have big expectations. The organ at the church in Victoriaville was upstairs and in the back of the room from where the congregation sits. At almost exactly midnight, Zorn started to play. I couldn't seem him from where I was sitting but still listened closely. It seems as if Zorn was getting better at knowing how to use the organ in compelling ways. His playing slowly built, adding a layer or two at a time, creating a hypnotic, ghostlike spirit. The music had a number of suspense filled moments which got better as it flowed out. Sitting in a church pew on a hard bench was not very comfortable but the music was something else and transcended whatever apprehension I had when I sat down. It was a fitting way to end the long Day of Zorn at 60, a worthy experience that will take a while to fully absorb.

   - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG, 6/6/13

vendredi 7 juin 2013

Dreamachines - Pochette

 
La pochette (ou l'emballage ?) de Dreamachines. Avec John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Trevor Dunn et Joey Baron. Parution 30 juillet.  
 
 

mardi 4 juin 2013

Zorn@60


Un site web pour suivre les célébration des 60 ans de John Zorn à New York :

Zorn@60

vendredi 24 mai 2013

Vidéo - The Dreamers / Electric Masada à Moers, 17 mai

 
La prestation de The Dreamers et Electric Masada au Festival de Moers le 17 mai dernier est disponible pendant 6 mois sur le site Arte Live Web.  
 

lundi 20 mai 2013

Moers et Victoriaville

 
Quelques échos du passage de John Zorn au Festival de Moers (17 mai) et au Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (19 mai) :

Moers :
Compte-rendu : Moers : le tour du monde en 80 Zorn
Photos : moers festival 2013 - Freitag

Victoriaville :
Compte-rendu : Victo: la totale Zorn pour coiffer le 29e FIMAV
Photos : JOHN ZORN @ 60 - 19 mai 2013

 

Dreamachines

 
Annoncé chez Tzadik (sortie fin juillet):

John Zorn: Dreamachines [#8308]

Zorn’s work has been deeply influenced by the work of Gysin and Burroughs, beginning in the late ’60s when he first became aware of their art, writing, and revolutionary techniques of third mind collaboration. Dreamachines celebrates this connection with nine compositions combining the quirky atonality of Zorn’s classical music, the cut up techniques of Naked City and the soulful lyricism of the Masada songbook. A companion piece to Nova Express (2011), the music is incredibly varied and jumps from tonality to atonality with dramatic surprise. Another complex and intense program of modern chamber music filled with meticulous detail and emotion performed by an all-star quartet of virtuosos from Zorn’s inner circle. 
 

vendredi 17 mai 2013

Audio - John Zorn - Dalquiel - Live at Moers, 17 May, 2013

 
 
 

Photos - ZornTag au festival de Moers

 
Quelques photos tirées de la diffusion de la journée John Zorn au festival de Moers sur Arteweb.



Photos  
 

jeudi 16 mai 2013

John Zorn à Moers en live sur Arte web

 
La journée John Zorn au festival de Moers, demain 17 mai, sera diffusé en live par Arte web.
http://liveweb.arte.tv/fr/video/Moers_Festival_John_Zorn/  

mercredi 15 mai 2013

A propos de Tap

 
A propos de Tap, Book of Angels vol. 20, par Pat Metheny.

Des chroniques : 
 
All About Jazz
Bebop spoken here
Echoes
This Beautiful Downgrade (en français)
Libération (en français)
Artsdesk.com
Marlbank

Deux pièces à écouter sur Open Jazz (à 02:00), sur Summertime (à 40:30).

Par aileurs, John Zorn et Pat Metheny seront en entrevue sur la BBC 6, le 19 mai, à l'émission Stuart Maconie'Freak Zone.
 

lundi 13 mai 2013

Tap, Book of Angels vol. 20 disponible

 
Tap, volume 20 de la série Book of Angels, est disponible chez Orkhestra.



PAT METHENY, guitare, basse, orchestrion, sitar, claviers, etc / ANTONIO SANCHEZ, batterie.

“J'admire JOHN ZORN depuis la fin des années 70 et j'ai suivi depuis toutes les étapes de sa carrière. Du jour où il m'a demandé d'écrire un texte pour le livre Arcana, nous avons gardé un échange courriel régulier. Je lui ai confié que je suivais attentivement les parutions de sa série Book of Angels et je lui ai proposé d'y contribuer. Il m'a alors suggéré des partitions non encore reprises et mon choix s'est tout naturellement porté vers celles qui me parlaient le plus. Je les ai enregistrées l'une après l'autre à mon propre studio dans les trous que me laissaient les tournées.” Guitariste ultra-créatif et à l'ouverture musicale reconnue de tous, PAT METHENY donne “sa” version des compositions du Book of Angels. Les arrangements remarquables qu'il en distille (avec un ANTONIO SANCHEZ à la frappe démultipliée) engagent à une écoute à un certain volume sonore afin de goûter le raffinement mélodique dans ses plus infimes détails. Coproduit par Tzadik et Nonesuch Records, cet album propre à offrir une surprise de taille aux fans de ces deux musiciens de génie sort simultanément en deux éditions distinctes. “Une interprétation qui donne la mesure de l'imagination prodigieuse de PAT METHENY, comme de sa passion et de son amour du monde. Je suis transporté à chaque nouvelle écoute.” (JOHN ZORN)  

lundi 22 avril 2013

samedi 30 mars 2013

The Mysteries disponible

 
The Mysteries est disponible chez Orkhestra et DMG.



Avec BILL FRISELL, CAROL EMANUEL et KENNY WOLLESEN
Suite de la fresque mystique qu’initièrent les opus In Search of the Miraculous, The Goddess et At the Gates of Paradise et 2e volume des bien nommés Gnostic Preludes. Les neuf nouveaux préludes caractérisant cette musique de chambre impressionniste qu’affectionne depuis quelque temps JOHN ZORN s’abreuvent chez CLAUDE DEBUSSY, STEVE REICH, TERRY RILEY ou PHILIP GLASS. Interprétation sensible, gracieuse et distinguée par trois des collaborateurs les plus émérites de ZORN. “Le guitariste BILL FRISELL transcende de sa poésie aérienne les miniatures mélodiques imaginées par ZORN, aboutissant à d'authentiques moments de grâce” (PASCAL ROZAT / Jazz Magazine-Jazzman à propos du premier volume sorti en 2012). (Orkhestra)

dimanche 17 mars 2013

Tap, Book of Angels vol. 20, par Pat Metheny

 
Annoncé chez Tzadik : 
 
Pat Metheny: Tap: The Book of Angels vol. 20 [#8307] 
Ever curious, courageous and endlessly creative, virtuoso guitarist and musical mastermind Pat Metheny takes on John Zorn’s Masada songbook to create some of the most soulful and adventurous sounds yet heard in the Book of Angels series. Turn up the volume and revel in the breadth of imagination in these remarkable arrangements featuring Pat on a huge arsenal of instruments, and the powerful Antonio Sanchez on drums. Pat Metheny continues to surprise and experiment with new musical frontiers well into the 21st century. Co-produced with Nonesuch Records, this is a match made in Heaven—essential!  

jeudi 14 mars 2013

John Zorn @ 60 à Victoriaville

 

Programme de la journée John Zorn au Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, le 19 mai :

14h
The Classical Connection
Illuminations : Stephen Gosling : piano; Trevor Dunn : contrebasse; Kenny Wollesen : batterie
The Alchemist : Jennifer Choi : violon; ; Pauline Kim : violon; David Fulmer : alto; Jay Campbell : violoncelle
The Holy Visions : Lisa Bielawa, Martha Cluver, Mellissa Hughes, Abby Fisher, Kirsten Sollek : voix

16h
The Song Project (Mike Patton : voix, textes; Jesse Harris : guitare électrique, voix, textes; Sofia Rei : voix, textes; Marc Ribot : guitare électrique; John Medeski : piano; Trevor Dunn : contrebasse; Kenny Wollesen : vibraphone; Cyro Baptista : percussion; Joey Baron : batterie; Marc Urselli : sonorisation)

19h30
Moonchild : Templars (Mike Patton : voix; John Medeski : orgue; Trevor Dunn : basse électrique; Joey Baron : batterie; Marc Urselli : sonorisation)

22h
The Dreamers (Marc Ribot : guitare électrique; Jamie Saft : synthétiseurs; Trevor Dunn : basse électrique; Kenny Wollesen : vibraphone; Joey Baron : batterie; Cyro Baptista : percussion; Marc Urselli : sonorisation)

Electric Masada (John Zorn : saxophone alto; Marc Ribot : guitare électrique; Jamie Saft : synthétiseurs; Trevor Dunn : basse électrique; Kenny Wollesen : batterie; Joey Baron : batterie; Cyro Baptista : percussion; Ikue Mori : électroniques; Marc Urselli : sonorisation)

Minuit
The Hermetic Organ
John Zorn : orgue
 

jeudi 7 mars 2013

Festival du jazz au cinéma - Musique par John Zorn

 
Le Festival du jazz au cinéma, qui se tiendra à Paris du 12 au 14 avril, présente une série de films pour lesquels John Zorn a écrit la musique :
- Belle de nature
- The Nobel Prize Winner
- The Port of Last Resort
- The Rain Horse.



mercredi 6 mars 2013

jeudi 7 février 2013

Affiche du festival de Moers

 
John Zorn est l'auteur de l'affiche du Festival de Moers, en Allemagne.

 

mardi 5 février 2013

Lemma disponible

 
Lemma est disponible chez Orkhestra.

Ce cd comprend les trois oeuvres suivantes (source : Hips Road) :

Ceremonial Magic (2011) • duration: 20'
A magic ritual for solo violin with optional improvised percussion. Can be performed with a drum set player or as a solo piece. In four movements.
solo violin

Passagen (2011) • duration: 20'
Dedicated to Elliott Carter and presented to him as a birthday gift, Passagen is a virtuosic tour de force for solo violin. solo violin


Apophthegms (2012) • duration: 20'
Apophthegm: a short cryptic remark containing some generally accepted truth. 12 miniatures for 2 violins exploring a variety of violinistic and compositional techniques. Divided into 2 sets of 6 pieces each.
vn (2)
 

vendredi 1 février 2013

Earth Spirit annoncé

 
L'ingénieur du son Marc Urselli annonce l'enregistrement prochain d'une nouvelle oeuvre de John Zorn, Earth Spirit, par un trio vocal :

Just witnesses #JohnZorn private performance of a new piece called "EarthSpirit" which I will be recording in March. Amazing vocal trio!!!

 

vendredi 25 janvier 2013

Nouveautés à venir

 
Annoncés chez Tzadik :

John Zorn: Lemma [#8095] Zorn’s virtuosic string music is legendary and this CD focuses on his compositions for violin. Two major new works for solo violin—Passagen (based on the legendary B-A-C-H motif) and Ceremonial Magic (which appeared on Rimbaud in a duo realization with drums but here is presented as a virtuoso solo piece); and an enigmatic suite of 12 miniatures for 2 violins entitled Apophthegms. Featuring three incredible young virtuosos: Pauline Kim, David Fulmer and Chris Otto, Lemma is a CD of wildly imaginative string music performed with passion and fiery intensity.

John Zorn: The Mysteries [#8306] A second volume from the fabulous trio of Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel and Kenny Wollesen who first came together on the Gnostic Preludes from 2012. Universally acclaimed as one of Zorn’s most beautiful and evocative projects, the music here follows in that tradition—a minimalist modal lyricism distinguished by complex rhythmic twists and turns, Zorn’s dramatic ever-shifting sound blocks and of course the brilliant improvisations of guitar wizard Bill Frisell. Gorgeous mystical music uniting Ancient traditions with those of the 21st century, this is a charming collection of Gnostic Odes and Dances to be enjoyed by young and old alike!

 

mercredi 16 janvier 2013

Vidéo - Alessandra Novaga plays John Zorn's Book of Heads

 




Le 23 mars @ Associazione 15 Febbraio,Torino.
Le 25 mars @ O' Artoteca, Milano.
Le 6 april @ Spazio Targa, Genova.
 

dimanche 13 janvier 2013

The Mysteries - Pochette

 


The Mysteries, avec Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel et Kenny Wollesen. Parution en mars.  

Filmworks XXV disponible

 
Le volume 25 des Filmworks est disponible chez Orkhestra.

Trois œuvres pour piano déclinent ce qui semble au jour d'aujourd'hui être le volume final de la série Filmworks. Musique d'une installation vidéo au Musée de la Culture Juive de Moscou (interprétée par OMRI MOR, révélation du 21e Festival de Jazz de Tel-Aviv en 2010), Beyond The Infinite, une composition interprétée par ROB BURGER, et ZORN lui même lancé sur quatre variations illustrant un documentaire de MARC LEVIN du nom de Schmatta.

vendredi 11 janvier 2013

jeudi 10 janvier 2013

Lemma - Pochette

 
La pochette de Lemma, qui sortira en février. Musique pour violon avec Pauline Kim, David Fulmer et Chris Otto. Au programme : Passagen (solo), Apophtegms (12 miniatures pour duo) et Ceremonial Magic (solo).