John Zorn: The Satyr's Play; Cerberus

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
John Zorn, whose music does not fit classical or jazz categories or even the in-between third stream classification, has constantly explored new terrain over his four-decade compositional career. He has composed film music, drawn on Jewish heritage, experimented with collages and what would later be called sampling, and pursued various conceptual approaches to improvisation. But even Zorn fans may not be prepared for this exciting piece, a score apparently the music is pretty much written out for two percussionists, accompanied by sound effects that include sheep bleats one thinks of Zorn's earlier series of works based on duck calls and, in one passage, simulated female ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
John Zorn, whose music does not fit classical or jazz categories or even the in-between third stream classification, has constantly explored new terrain over his four-decade compositional career. He has composed film music, drawn on Jewish heritage, experimented with collages and what would later be called sampling, and pursued various conceptual approaches to improvisation. But even Zorn fans may not be prepared for this exciting piece, a score apparently the music is pretty much written out for two percussionists, accompanied by sound effects that include sheep bleats one thinks of Zorn's earlier series of works based on duck calls and, in one passage, simulated female orgasm. Donna Summer meets the avant-garde, one imagines. The idea is to evoke the Greek figure of the satyr and the related phenomena of the Roman Saturnalia and Bacchanalia festivals with their attendant dissipation. These ideas are realized in various ways over the course of the work's eight movements "odes", but percussionists Cyro Baptista and Kenny Wollesen are given plenty of high-energy rhythmic material and employ a huge variety of percussion instruments and textures. This is exciting stuff from beginning to end, and next to it the concluding ten-minute "Cerberus," a brass trio employing a fearsome range of extended techniques, sounds almost conventional. An intriguing Zorn project, highly recommended for Zorn lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397739029
  • Catalog Number: 7390
  • Sales rank: 199,916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ode No. 1 (3:47)
  2. 2 Ode No. 2 (3:38)
  3. 3 Ode No. 3 (2:54)
  4. 4 Ode No. 4 (3:50)
  5. 5 Ode No. 5 (2:35)
  6. 6 Ode No. 6 (4:32)
  7. 7 Ode No. 7 (3:35)
  8. 8 Ode No. 8 (1:38)
  9. 9 Cerberus (10:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Marcus Rojas Tuba
John Zorn Conductor
Kenny Wollesen Percussion
Peter Evans Trumpet
David Taylor Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
John Zorn Arranger, Composer, Producer
Scott Hull Mastering
Marc Urselli Engineer
Austin Osman Spare Illustrations
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