Rituals

Rituals

by John Zorn
     
 

Though he's perhaps best known for the explosive, polystylistic cut'n'splice of cult groups like Naked City and Pain Killer, and the prolific and prolix Masada, John Zorn has remained deeply attached to the modernist roots he sprang from in the 1970s (the fact he has chosen to releaseSee more details below

Overview

Though he's perhaps best known for the explosive, polystylistic cut'n'splice of cult groups like Naked City and Pain Killer, and the prolific and prolix Masada, John Zorn has remained deeply attached to the modernist roots he sprang from in the 1970s (the fact he has chosen to release music by thorny modernists such as Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt on his Tzadik label is significant). If it weren't for the incorporation of some odd percussion instruments, including wind machines, you could be fooled into thinking that Zorn's "Rituals," a 25-minute work in five movements for soprano and ten instrumentalists, dates from the mid-'60s and not the late '90s. It's a well-crafted work, superbly performed (soprano Heather Gardner is exemplary, and special mention should be made of clarinetist Michael Lowenstern and pianist Stephen Drury) and recorded and mastered to perfection. Zorn has always sought to build bridges between genres -- one wonders how many people discovered Napalm Death and the Boredoms through Zorn's work -- and it's to be hoped that the traffic across this particular one will be two-way: devotees of The Big Gundown and Spillane might end up digging Donald Martino and Elliott Carter, and hardcore Princeton serialists might start tapping their feet to Bar Kokhba.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Tzadik
UPC:
0702397801122
catalogNumber:
8011
Rank:
179220

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Zorn   Primary Artist
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Fred Sherry   Cello
William Winant   Percussion,Bird Calls,Bowls,Bullroar,Wind Machine
Bradley Lubman   Conductor
Michael Lowenstern   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,E-flat Clarinet
Stephen Drury   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord
Peter Kolkay   Bassoon,Contrabassoon
Kurt Muroki   Bass
Heather Gardner   Vocals
Jennifer Choi   Violin
Tara Helen O'Connor   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
Jim Pugliese   Percussion,Bird Calls,Bowls,Bullroar,Wind Machine

Technical Credits

William Winant   Sound Effects,Contributor
John Zorn   Producer
Scott Hull   Mastering
Silas Brown   Engineer,Engineering
Austin Osman Spare   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Jim Pugliese   Sound Effects,Contributor

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