Rare John Zorn Interview About the End of his Masada Project

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: The Forward.

On May 1, Zorn will release “The Book Beriah,” the third and final collection of recordings contained in the “Masada Songbook.” In physical form, the music manifests as 92 tunes across 11 CDs (or digital albums, or vinyl records, if you prefer), individually titled according to the 11 sefirot, or kabbalistic channels of divine energy. There’s no denying the music’s energy or its Jewish feel — all the tunes are based on Jewish scales and employ the essence of Jewish musical DNA: the use of the augmented second interval. The end result is a Jewish sound familiar from klezmer and synagogue music, albeit rendered in styles ranging from death metal to surf rock to free jazz.