mercredi 1 juillet 2020

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L'oeuvre discographique de John Zorn sous forme graphique.

Photos :
- Masada Quartet, Gend, 2019.
- Baphomet & Calculus (+ chroniques en italien).
- Portrait John Zorn.
- Article de 1993.
- Collection discographique de Zorn.

Chroniques de disques :
- Calculus, par le trio de Brian Marsella (
- Electric Masada, 50th Birthday Celebration 4 (Forces parallèles).
- The Classic Guide to Strategy, volume 2 (Forces parallèles).

Audio :
- Ebuhuel, par David Krakauer et Kathleen Tagg.

Vidéos :
- Asmodeus au New Morning.
- Mahshav, by Laurie DeLuca, Seattle Symphony musician.
- Simulacrum, 2018.

Textes :
- 'He Made the World Bigger': Inside John Zorn's Jazz-Metal Multiverse (
- Texte de Bruce Lee Gallanter sur Zorn dans la newsletter de la Downtown Music Gallery.

Nouvelles pièces de concert au catalogue :

The Gas Heart (2020) • duration: 15'
An outrageous Dadaist opera scored for 2 celli and 2 percussionists with selected texts by Tristan Tzara.
2 vcl; 2 perc

Anima (2020) • duration: 6'
Dedicated to the eccentric French composer Erik Satie and completed the anniversary of his birth on May 17, Anima is a charming Ode to Spring. Subtitled "The Waxing Light" it may be performed as a duo, or accompanied by an improvising rhythm section of bass and drums.
Bb clarinet and bass marimba

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Present Itself as a Science (2020) • duration: 19'
A sextet for strings inspired in part by Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht. "Magic is not the contradiction to the law of cause and effect, but its crown or nightmare."—J.L.Borges
2 vn, 2 vla, 2 vcl

Audio - Masada Live at the Schl8hof Wels - 11-07-2005


mardi 23 juin 2020

Pochette - Les Maudits

Les Maudits, à paraître en juillet.

lundi 1 juin 2020

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Chroniques de disques :
- Masada String trio, Azazel, Book of Angels, vol.2 (Forces parallèles).
- Pool (Forces parallèles).
- Filmworks III : 1990-1995 (Forces parallèles).
- Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier, Malphas, Book of Angels vol.3 (Forces parallèles).
- Calculus (Brian Marsella Trio).

Photos :
- Affiche Cobra, 1993.
- Zorn & Kenny Wollesen, Art Institute of Chicago, 2018.
- John Zorn, Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, 2019.
- Moonchild, Milan, 2006.
- La collection Masada.

Textes :
- John Zorn, una guía para perplejos. I. ¿Por qué Zorn?, premier d'une série de texte sur John Zorn,  en espagnol.
- From the Fantastic to the Dangerously Real: Reading John Zorn’s Artwork, par John Brackett.

John Zorn, The Book of Heads, un livre de Andrea Aguzzi.
This book talks about John Zorn's methods of composition and improvisation and about one of his most famous composition for guitar, The Book Of Heads. In this book you will find not only aesthetic and musical analyzes but also historical, economic and social studies that have contributed to creating these musical structures.


dimanche 31 mai 2020

Pochette - Baphomet

Simulacrum, Baphomet. À paraître en juin.

mardi 19 mai 2020

jeudi 7 mai 2020

A paraître en août - Songs For Petra

John Zorn-Jesse Harris: Songs For Petra [#8374]
Singer Petra Haden excels in this beautiful and unique program of songs penned by the songwriting team of John Zorn and Jesse Harris. Friends for many years, they began working together on The Song Project in 2012, and 8 years later this CD presents the full fruits of their collaboration: 13 Zorn compositions with original lyrics by Jesse Harris. Including the most beautiful melodies from a wide variety of Zorn CDs (and one original that has never appeared on cd before), the melodies are catchy, the lyrics heartfelt, the grooves deep and the solos profound and exhilarating. Backed by the amazing Julian Lage, Jorge Roeder and Kenny Wollesen and produced by Jesse Harris, this is a CD that you will listen to again and again.
(Release date: August 2020)

A paraître en juillet - Les Maudits

John Zorn: Les Maudits [#8373]
Les Maudits presents three dynamic chamber pieces inspired by heroic ‘cursed’ artists of French culture. Demolishing all boundaries and pushing the artistic envelope beyond all expectations Ubu is one of Zorn’s greatest and most outrageous creations-- bizarre musical portrait of the subversive writer Alfred Jarry and his powerful Pataphyisical figure Ubu. The Ubu plays were a powerful precursor to many of the European avant-garde experiments of the early 20th century (Dada, Surrealism, Theatre of the Absurd, Futurism, postmodernism) and Zorn captures the vulgar, rebellious, gluttonous, childish and revolutionary spirit of Ubu in this major new studio composition.
Accompanying this work are two pieces performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of David Fulmer. A concerto grosso in three movements inspired by the work of radical French poet Charles Baudelaire, and Oviri (‘savage' in Tahitian) a touching elegy to Paul Gauguin, the influential and complex artist who helped redefine painting in the 20th century.
(Release date: July 2020)

mardi 5 mai 2020

A paraître en juin - Baphomet

John Zorn: Baphomet [#8372]
Baphomet is a masterpiece! One epic 40-minute long-form composition touching upon all of Zorn’s musical obsessions from classical atonality, minimalism, jazz, metal, punk, funk, improvisation, exotica and more. Passionately performed by Simulacrum, his most powerful 20th century ensemble, the music has a dramatic cinematic expanse and is filled with new sounds, unexpected directions, virtuosic solos, bizarre structural complexities and ever surprising melodic and harmonic twists and turns. Baphomet is a courageous new step for Zorn, and a spectacular culmination to his 30-year exploration of the nexus that connects hardcore punk, progressive metal and jazz. Essential!
(Release date: June 2020)

samedi 2 mai 2020

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Photos :
- Boitier en carton avec  “School”, “Pool”, “Archery”, “Locus Solus”, “The Classic Guide to Strategy”. 
- John Zorn en couverture de Jazz Forum, 1985. 
- John Zorn au Festival Radar, Mexico, 2003.
- Partition de Metal tov.
- John Zorn dans Wire, 1989.
- Zorn et Ikue Mori, 1985.
- John Zorn au festival Marseille Jazz des cinq continent.
- John Zorn, Kramer, Jad Fair, 1988. 
- John Zorn, Milan 2007. 
- The Satyr's Play, édition limitée.
- Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2009, Braxton, Graves, Laswell, Zorn; The Dreamers.
- Zorn, Moonchild et Marc Urselli, s.d, s.l. 
- Zorn, Rome, 2006.
- Zorn en couverture de Mas Jazz, 2007.

Articles :
- In Simulacrum, Zorn rethinks a composer’s role (The Red Hook Star Review).
- Quand Tonie Marshall traînait avec John Zorn (Le Gri-gri).

Chroniques de disques :
- Voices in the Wilderness, Masada Anniversary vol.2 (Guts of Darkness).
- John Zorn / Thurston Moore, "@" (Guts of Darkness).

Nouvelles :
- Nouvelle politique à The Stone en 2021 : un artiste en résidence chaque mois.
- La revue Circuit est temporairement placée en libre accès. Le volume 25, numéro 3, est consacré à John Zorn et Tzadik.
- Keter, Masada Book Beri'ah par Sofia Rei reçoit 2 Independent Music Awards.

Audio :
- Entrevue avec Marc Urselli; parle entre autres de Zorn et des compositions par fiche (file cards) à 36:15 (5049 Records).

mercredi 1 avril 2020

Pochette - Calculus

Calculus, par le trio de Brian Marsella, est annoncé pour mai, mais la situation liée à la Covid-19 pourrait en retarder la sortie.

mardi 10 mars 2020

Audio - The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet, Moers, 1989.


Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet (John Zorn, Wayne Horwitz, Cameron Brown, Joey Baron) - Die Röhre, Moers, Germany, 13 mai 1989.

mercredi 4 mars 2020

Parution de mai : Calculus

A paraître en mai :

John Zorn: Calculus [#8371]
Calculus is another radical step forward for Zorn—two major 20-minute long-form compositions scored for piano trio. Featuring the incredible young pianist Brian Marsella along with the dynamic rhythm section of Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen, this is a complex and exhilarating display of instrumental virtuosity at its most extreme. Drawing upon all of Zorn’s musical obsessions, from thorny atonality to touching minimalism, burning jazz, funk, folk, exotica, ambient, noise and more, this is some of the most ambitious and expansive music ever created for jazz piano trio. Passionately performed by three core members of Zorn’s inner circle Calculus is an outrageous and kaleidocopic journey into the unknown!

dimanche 1 mars 2020

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Concerts :
- John Zorn sera au Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) avec Bill Frisell et Ikue Morile 17 mai. Billets disponibles.
- John Zorn, The Hermetic Organ, Bologne, Italie, 30 mai.
- John Zorn solo (The Classic Guide to Strategy) + Stephen Gosling, Barbara Hannigan, Modène, Italie, 31 mai.
- National Youth Jazz Orchestra plays: John Zorn's Masada, 18-19 novembre 2020, Café Oto, Londres. 
- New Masada Quartet, Village Vanguard, 19 avril. 
- JACK Quartet joue les quatuors à cordes de John Zorn, National Sawdust, 13-14 mars.

Courts vidéos :
- Simulacrum, The Sultan Room : 1 - 2

Photos :
- John Zorn & Electric Masada: Milan, 19/10/2003 (10 photos).
- John Zorn, Simon Hanes et Ches Smith en studio.
- John Zorn devant des cerisiers en fleur.
- Simulacrum en studio.
- Zorn et Simulacrum en studio.
- Enregistrement de Song for Petra.
- Maaleh Accrabim, titre non enregistré de Masada.
- Affiche Simulacrum, The Sultan Room.

Chroniques de disques : 
- Enigmata (Guts of Darkness). 
- Insurrection (Guts of Darkness).
- Valentine's Day (Guts of Darkness).
- Midsummer Moons (Guts of Darkness).
- Simulacrum, Beyond Good and Evil (Avant Music News).
- Simulacrum, Beyond Good and Evil (
- Naked City (The Quietus).
- Naked City (Trebble).

Nouvelles :
- Simulacrum a enregistré un huitième album, Baphomet.
- Enregistrement de Songs for Petra avec Patra Haden, Julian Lage, Jesse Harris, Jorge Roeder, KennyWollesen en février. Musique de John Zorn, paroles de Jesse Harris.

Nouvelle pièce de musique de concert :
Sigil Magick (2020) • duration: 7'
A Curious and Detailed Exposition of Sigils, Signs and Hieroglyphs Peculiar to the Occult Orders, Hermitic Brotherhoods and Dark Mystery Schools of the Late Middle Ages. For String Quintet.
string quintet (2 vn, vla, 2 vcl)

Vidéo - John Zorn Simulacrum @The Sultan Room



samedi 22 février 2020

John Zorn - Oeuvres pour guitare(s)


À l'occasion de la sortie de Virtue, par le trio de Bill Frisell, Julian Lage et Gyan Riley, un tour d'horizon des oeuvres pour guitare(s) composées par John Zorn.

The Book of Heads (1995)
Marc Ribot
James Moore Plays The Book of Heads (2015)
James Moore

Masada Guitars (2003)
Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Tim Sparks

John Zorn’s Olympiad - Vol. 1 Dither Plays Zorn (2015)
Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore, Gyan Riley

Midsummer Moons (2017)
Julian Lage, Gyan Riley

Book Beri'ah : Chesed (2018)
Julian Lage, Gyan Riley

Nove Cantici Per Francesco 
D’Assisi (2019)
Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley

Virtue (2020)
Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley

samedi 1 février 2020

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Photos :
- Terry Riley et John Zorn, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 20 décembre.
- Enregistrement de Calculus, oeuvre de Zorn jouée par le trio de Brian Marsella.
- Painkiller, Vérone, Italie, 1997.
- John Zorn, Daniel Zamir, Ned Rothenberg, Joe McPhee, Steve Dalashinsky Tribute.
- John Zorn, Steve Dalachinsky Memorial.
- John Zorn et Uri Caine.
- Texte de Zorn pour "The Carl Stalling Project: Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons, 1936-1958."
- Simulacrum, Beyond Good and Evil.

Concert :
- John Zorn & Ned Rothenberg, The Stone, 13 mai.

Chronique de disques :
- John Zorn: Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi (All About Jazz).
- Simulacrum (premier album) (

Court vidéo :
- Joe McPhee, John Zorn, Trevor Dunn, Ned Rothenberg, Chez Smith, Daniel Zamir, Steve Dalachinsky Memorial, 19 janvier 2020.

Nouvelles :
- Transcriptions : une douzaine de transcriptions de pièces de John Zorn.

- L'album des quatuors de Zorn par le Quatuor Molinari reçoit un prix Opus.

- Enregistrement d'un album File card par John Zorn : 1 - 2
- Un nouveau site consacré au Gnostic Trio.

The Dr. Jazz Podcast - John Zorn: Art of the Duo



samedi 11 janvier 2020

Parution de février - Virtue

A paraître en février : Virtue, par Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley.