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Music Romance, Vol. 1: Music for Children
     

Music Romance, Vol. 1: Music for Children

by John Zorn
 
Neither as calm and serene as it could be, nor as frightening as one might expect, John Zorn's Music Romance, Vol. 1: Music for Children combines pieces of radically different moods -- a kind of musical pendulum swinging back and forth -- in a collection that, remarkably, hangs together fairly well. The

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Neither as calm and serene as it could be, nor as frightening as one might expect, John Zorn's Music Romance, Vol. 1: Music for Children combines pieces of radically different moods -- a kind of musical pendulum swinging back and forth -- in a collection that, remarkably, hangs together fairly well. The title is mostly ironic. While the CD contains truly gentle songs like "SooKi's Lullaby," which is beautifully performed on music box by Anthony Coleman, the chamber piece "Music for Children," nearly as beautiful, contains intermittent percussive sounds that sound like nothing more than a good spanking. There are three Naked City pieces, performed by the Boston-based group Prelapse, which are as chaotic and insane as any of Zorn's other Naked City works (though it is easy to imagine them as the soundtrack for a hyperactive toddler running around a house, his face smeared with sick glee). Disjointed and sexualized dolls comprise the cover art -- a reminder of just how perverse childhood really is. The text pieces printed in the liner notes orbit around themes of imagination, nightmares, and lost innocence. The adventurous parents who actually play this music for their child may be horrified to discover how much the little baby genius actually likes it. For those who are childless or simply less brave, this volume provides fascinating candy for adult ears.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Tzadik
UPC:
0702397732129
catalogNumber:
7321
Rank:
87279

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Zorn   Primary Artist,Bass Drums,Alto Saxophone,Wind
Lou Reed   Guitar
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Anthony Coleman   Piano,Celeste,Music Box
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Vocals
Greg Cohen   Bass,Double Bass
Mark Feldman   Violin
Erik Friedlander   Cello
William Winant   Percussion,Bass Drums
Julie Steinberg   Piano
David Abel   Violin
Alex Lacamoire   Keyboards
Andy Sanesi   Drums
David Abel   Violin
Jeff Hudgins   Alto Saxophone
Dave Abel   Violin
Mason Wendell   Vocals
Dane Johnson   Guitar
Julie Steinberg   Piano
Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio   Ensemble
Prelapse   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Maggi Payne   Engineer
Marc Ribot   Contributor
Anthony Coleman   Contributor
Cyro Baptista   Contributor
Greg Cohen   Contributor
Mark Feldman   Contributor
Erik Friedlander   Contributor
Kazunori Sugiyama   Producer
William Winant   Contributor
John Zorn   Producer,Contributor,Audio Production
Prelapse   Contributor
Julie Steinberg   Contributor
David Abel   Contributor
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Julie Steinberg   Contributor

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