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John Zorn in Concert at the Willisau Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents maverick saxophonist, composer, improviser and producer John Zorn recorded in concert at the 2008 Willisau Festival in Switzerland.

Jez Nelson presents maverick saxophonist, composer, improviser and producer John Zorn recorded in concert at the 2008 Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Since the early 1980s, Zorn has created music that consistently defies categorisation, from work with hardcore jazz-punk band Naked City to his highly prolific quartet Masada, which explores his Jewish heritage. Zorn has also written several independent film scores and runs record label Tzadik, dedicated to promoting underground experimental music.

Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Zorn was exposed to a broad range of musical styles from an early age. After hearing Anthony Braxton's solo album For Alto at college, Zorn took up the saxophone and at the same time began composing his own works, including the unique 'game pieces', based on the structural rules of sports.

Signature Tune:

Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)
Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away
Composer: Joe Zawinul
Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

John Zorn's Barh Kokhbar Septet recorded at the Willisau Festival on August 31, 2008

Line up:
John Zorn (director)
Mark Feldman (violin)
Erik Friedlander (cello)
Greg Cohen (bass)
Marc Ribot (guitar)
Joey Baron (drums)
Cyro Baptista (percussion)

Set list:
1 Sother
2 Dalqiel
3 Zazel
4 Zechriel
5 Hazor

Steve Shepherd and Steve Beresford join Jez in the studio to discuss John Zorn's career and music

Recommended further listening:

Artist: John Zorn
Album title: The Classic Guide to Strategy
Label: Tzadik
Released: 1996

Artist: John Zorn
Album title: Naked City
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch
Released: 1990

John Zorn and Koch-Schutz-Studer-Amstad recorded at the Willisau Festival on August 31, 2008

Line up:
John Zorn (alto saxophone)
Martin Schutz (cello)
Hans Koch (tenor sax, bass clarinet)
Bruno Amstad (vocals)
Fredy Studer, Joey Baron (drums)
Marc Ribot (guitar)
Cryo Baptista (percussion)

Links:
http://www.tzadik.com/
http://www.nonesuch.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zorn.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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