John Zorn: John Zorn’s Olympiad – vol. 2 Fencing 1978 [#8390]
Two extremely rare live recordings of the classic Zorn composition Fencing from the early days of the Downtown scene. Featuring two realizations of the piece—one recorded at Zorn’s artist loft The Theatre of Musical Optics with Eugene Chadbourne, Duck Baker, and Randy Hutton on guitars—and the other at Bard College with Chadbourne, Polly Bradfield, and John Zorn, a legendary concert that took place with George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, and Roscoe Mitchell in the audience. The music is astonishing—strange sounds, odd juxtapositions, stark silences, sudden explosions, all held together by a bizarre overarching compositional logic. Featuring a 16-page booklet replete with photos, scores, and extensive notes and remembrances by Zorn, Chadbourne, Baker, and George Lewis, this is a collector’s dream. Vexing and powerful sounds from the 1978 New York Underground!
John Zorn: Suite For Piano [#8389]
Inspired in part by the Goldberg Variations and Schoenberg’s solo piano music, Suite For Piano is Zorn’s very personal take on some of the oldest traditional classical forms. It is performed here by one of the most dedicated, virtuosic, and passionate interpreters in the Zorn universe, Brian Marsella, whose educational experience (too “jazz” for the classical world and too “classical” for the jazz world) makes him the perfect interpreter of Zorn’s cross-pollinating musical poetics. Accompanied by the telepathic rhythm section of Jorge Roeder and Ches Smith (Heaven and Earth Magick) this is a beautiful and soulful program of music for the classic instrumentation of piano, bass, and drums.
John Zorn: Multiplicities: A Repository Of Non-Existent Objects [#8391]
Written in December of 2020, Multiplicities: A Repository of Non-Existent Objects is collection of twenty philosophical aphorisms inspired by the writings and thought of Gilles Deleuze. Hearkening back to the intensity of the hardcore miniatures of Torture Garden, this is a wildly varied and multifaceted exploration of instrumental music at its most extreme. Featuring Zorn’s newest ensemble Chaos Magick, a satellite of Simulacrum, the performances are passionate, tight, and filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Ikue Mori: Tracing The Magic [#4040]
Tracing The Magic is Ikue Mori’s most varied and fabulous CD to date and it is an absolute masterpiece! Seven pieces, each inspired by (and dedicated to) women artists whose powerful vision and creativity drove them to continue creating well into their ’80s and ’90s: Joan Jonas, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Judit Reigl, Leonora Carrington, Jakuchu Sekuchi, and Toko Shinoda. The ensemble lineups feature some of the most exciting musicians working today and include friends new (Charmane Lee, Sae Hashimoto) and old (Sylvie Courvoisier, Makigami Koichi, Erik Friedlander, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Zeena Parkins, Ned Rothenberg, David Watson). Moody, lyrical, textural, and evocative, the music is driven by Ikue’s unique electronics and showcases her brilliant ear for orchestration, melody, and texture.