Source: Anthology Film Archives.
John Zorn: James Moore Plays The Book of Heads
CD and DVD of a film by Stephen Taylor
Tzadik 8337, released October 2015
John Zorn’s The Book of Heads: 35 Etudes for Solo Guitar
Film screening and live performance
performed by James Moore
film by Stephen Taylor
Oct 18, 2015, 8:30 pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, NYC
$12 General admission
Utilizing an arsenal of balloons, children’s toys, and common household items, John Zorn’s notorious collection of solo guitar etudes, The Book of Heads, is a compendium of bizarre extended techniques, stylistic mash-ups, and wild theatrics. The Heads were written for Eugene Chadbourne in 1978 and recorded by Marc Ribot in 1995. In a new audio-visual release on the Tzadik record label, guitarist James Moore has worked closely with Zorn to develop an explosive new interpretation of these demanding pieces. In his film, director Stephen Taylor meticulously captures each of the 35 etudes during the recording process, providing an intimate view into the virtuosity, imagination, and obsession required to perform The Book of Heads. On October 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm, the Anthology Film Archives will be screening the film, as well as hosting James Moore for a live performance.