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Zion 80 : The Book Beri’ah Vol 8–Hod

The brainchild of guitarist Jon Madof, Zion80 is a dynamic 10-piece ensemble that explores the Jewish tradition through the lenses of afro-beat, funk, rock and jazz. Drums and percussion drive this tight band of horns and guitars into a polyrhythmic intensity as driving grooves blend with the madness of the Downtown scene. Spiritual, grooving and endlessly exciting, this is essential Jewish music for the 21st century. With Zorn guesting on one intense track, “Hod” is a dynamic highpoint to the Beri’ah series! Masada meets afro-beat.

Personnel:
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Bass
Yoshie Fruchter: Guitar
Frank London: Trumpet
Jessica Lurie: Baritone Sax, Alto Sax, Flute
Jon Madof: Guitar
Brian Marsella: Keyboards
Greg Wall: Tenor Sax
John Zorn: Sax
Yuval Lion: Drums
Zach Mayer: Baritone Sax
Marlon Sobol: Percussion

John Zorn : Encomia

Featuring the fabulous virtuoso pianist Stephen Gosling, “Encomia” is a collection of tributes to many of Zorn’s musical heroes.The first “Book of Preludes” consists of three impressionistic pieces in the tradition of Debussy and Ravel that pay tribute to the legendary ballet dancer Nijinsky, the author Novalis creator of the prose poem, and the Hellenistic 3rd century poet Nossis. “Encomia” is a suite of tributes to five of Zorn’smusical heroes that run the gamut of styles from minimalism to maximalism. Violinist Chris Otto joins Stephen Gosling for the final piece, a new composition for violin and piano inspired by the writings of Sigmund Freud. A remarkable program of some of the most beautiful music Zorn has ever written.

Personnel:
Stephen Gosling: Piano
Chris Otto: Violin