John Zorn

John Zorn



John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres, including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music.[1] He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental.[2] Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".[3]

Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music.[2] After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and received wide acclaim with the release of The Big Gundown, an album reworking the compositions of Ennio Morricone.[4] He attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987, and Naked City in 1989.[2][5][6][7] After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US he made New York his permanent base and established his own record label, Tzadik, in the mid-1990s.[8][9][10]

Tzadik enabled Zorn to maintain independence from the mainstream music industry and ensured the continued availability of his growing catalog of recordings, allowing him to prolifically record and release new material, issuing several new albums each year, as well as promoting the work of many other musicians.[11] Zorn has led the hardcore bands Naked City and Painkiller, the Jewish music-inspired, jazz quartet Masada, composed 613 pieces as part of the three Masada songbooks that have been performed by an array of groups, composed concert music for classical ensembles and orchestras, and produced music for opera, sound installations, film and documentary. Zorn has undertaken many tours of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians and ensembles that perform his diverse output.[12][13][14]



The Big Gundown
The Big Gundown is an album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn.
Naked City
Naked City is an album by John Zorn, originally released on Nonesuch Records in 1990.
Filmworks 1986–1990
Filmworks 1986–1990 features the first released film scores of John Zorn.
Voices in the Wilderness
Masada Anniversary Edition Volume 2: Voices in the Wilderness is the second album in a series of five releases celebrating the 10th anniversary of John Zorn's Masada songbook project.

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Meet The Hasidic Woman Who Rocks Out On The Drums
  –  February 19, 2018
“If the audience is more eclectic,” Shusterman explains, “we bring in songs from some of the artists that have inspired us, like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Peggy Lee, Jobim, John Zorn and [Hassidic jazz player] Daniel Zamir to name ...
Your Week in Culture: Ed Harris, Anna Deavere Smith, the Stone’s Send-Off
  –  February 18, 2018
This week marks a transitional moment in the history of the downtown avant-garde: the final iteration of composer and saxophonist John Zorn’s “Improv Nights” at the performance space the Stone, before the venue closes at the end of the month.
Bebel Gilberto
  –  February 16, 2018
She’s cited John Zorn, Sade, Björk, Neil Young, and David Byrne as some of her many influences, and those varied nuances and textures all peek through in her music. Her richly detailed songs and warm voice are gentle and soothing—if you’re down in ...
Swans & Cop Shoot Cop members team up for Martin Bisi’s ‘BC35′ LP & release show (listen)
  –  February 15, 2018
Bisi founded the studio in 1979 with Brian Eno and Bill Laswell, and it’s where he recorded Sonic Youth, Swans, Unsane, Afrika Bambaataa, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn and countless other acts over the years. The new album features performances recorded live ...
New edition of Jazz in Church festival, in Bucharest this spring
  –  February 15, 2018
The two made their debut in 1997 and delivered concerts all over the world, with a repertoire of their own work and music by John Zorn. Catalan-born French contrabass player Renaud Garcia-Fons will also perform at the event. The festival is also rolling ...
Bob Ostertag
  –  February 12, 2018
He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, postmodernist John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, transgender cabaret start Justin Vivian Bond, British guitar ...
Mike Patton & DJ QBert
  –  February 10, 2018
The X-ecutioners and Fantômas/Melvins Big Band and working with John Zorn, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Björk, Subtle, Rahzel, Amon Tobin, Team Sleep, Massive Attack, Fennesz, Zu, Norah Jones, Tanya Tagaq, the Qemists and Kool Keith, to cite a very small ...
NYC Jewish-y Events, February 9 – 18
  –  February 7, 2018
Then, John Zorn — the forward-thinking saxophonist, composer, improvisational maestro and avid promoter of experimental music who founded The Stone — will star in a six-day improv marathon, alongside a revolving cast of stellar avant-gardists.
John Zorn Will Close The Stone’s Original Location with Improv Nights
  –  November 24, 2017
Composer and saxophonist John Zorn will say goodbye to the original location of his New York venue The Stone during a stretch of shows this winter. As previously reported, The Stone will move from its longtime location on Avenue C to the New School’s ...

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