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John Zorn was born in New York city in 1953.
Zorn's method of composition has been influenced by cartoon soundtracks and their composers, particularly Carl Stalling (of the Warner Brothers cartoons), whom Zorn equates with Stravinsky for the ability to compose a piece from disparate musical elements.
Zorn's keen study of bebop and his razorsharp alto saxophone technique gained him respect from the jazz players: in 1977 he and guitarist Eugene Chadbourne were included in an 11-piece ensemble playing Frank Lowe's compositions.
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 John Zorn - Biography - AOL Music
It is possible to call John Zorn a "jazz" musician, but that would be much too limiting a description.
Zorn believes that the age of the composer as an "autonomous musical mind" had come to an end in the late 20th century; hence the collaborative nature of much of his work, both with active musicians and music and styles of the past.
By the time he was 14, Zorn had discovered contemporary classical music and began composing; his college years in St. Louis brought about his introduction to avant-garde jazz, particularly that of Anthony Braxton.
music.aol.com /artist/john-zorn/141121/biography   (500 words)

 Avantgarde Music. John Zorn: biography, discography, reviews, links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
John Zorn emerged from the milieu of the solo improvisers, but his concept of "improvisation" was closer to John Cage's aleatory music than to Ornette Coleman's free-jazz.
John Zorn (1953) studio' composizione a New York ma si diede ai primi esperimenti di improvvisazione a St. Louis, dove conobbe Joseph Bowie e altri musicisti di colore in erba, influenzato da fonti tanto diverse quali Igor Stravinsky, Anthony Braxton, il contrappunto, Edgar Varese, Partch, Derek Bailey.
The biggest problem with John Zorn is not that he is a mediocre musician (on the contrary) but that he lived in an age in which it is very easy and cheap to release music.
www.scaruffi.com /oldavant/zorn.html   (5214 words)

 1-0 Reviews John Zorn
One of Zorn's heroes is Carl Stalling, who wrote the music for the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons of the 40s and 50s.
Zorn shines as an arranger, somehow making this music seem like it was meant to be played by this group.
Zorn scores for violin, cello and piano on music that is some of his most evocative, at least in terms of human emotion (as opposed to film score hyperbole).
www.geocities.com /1-0/REVIEWS/ZornJohn.html   (2274 words)

 Amazon.com: Spillane: Music: John Zorn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Zorn again had immersed himself in the subject matter, and his composition shows a remarkable inclination to meet the artist halfway-- while it is not exactly a straight blues per se, it is about as on-center as anything Zorn has ever done as it musically paints the picture of Collins travelling through Texas.
John Zorn is a true original and listening to Spillane feels like listening to a radio with the station always changing.
Three compostions by John Zorn and co. The first, "Spillane," is an homage to the pulp writer narrated by John Lurie and punctuated with cheap, lurid, brilliant jazz.
www.amazon.com /Spillane-John-Zorn/dp/B000005IYR   (1446 words)

 The Wire - John Zorn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Zorn, who was born in New York in 1953, has authored dozens upon dozens of albums since the late 1970s.
Zorn then enters with an alto shriek that sounds like something out of Psycho, a fitting introduction for the mad saxophonist.
The rest of Zorn's band consists of Wayne Horvitz on keyboards, Fred Frith on bass and Joey Baron on drums.
www.wirenh.com /Music/General_Music/John_Zorn_20050126215.html   (748 words)

 John Zorn's Masada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Zorn: The movie was created in the mold of a modern film noir, and it seemed a perfect opportunity to put a band together for a jazz score in the tradition of Miles Davis' soundtrack Escalator to the Scaffold.
Zorn: The idea with Masada is to produce a sort of radical Jewish music, a new Jewish music which is not the traditional one in a different arrangement, but music for the Jews of today.
Zorn's solo is a tattered, totally electrifying patchwork of influences from the cool-toned musings of Konitz to the altissimo squeals of Ayler.
www.omnology.com /zorn02.html   (3418 words)

 John Zorn and Naked City: Naked City ---Ink Blot Magazine
Zorn is widely identified with NYC's "downtown" scene, and has worked with many similarly associated musicians.
Zorn's music reveals him to be a true genius as a bandleader and a unique, entertaining solist.
Most of the 26 songs on the album are Zorn's and show his mettle as a modern composer and arranger.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/John_Zorn_Naked_City.htm   (280 words)

 John Zorn
What is unusual is that John Zorn is making such a statement at all--not because he's given to uncharacteristic understatement but because he's making it to a seasoned music writer.
In the past, Zorn has brought early performances of his two key groups to Victoriaville--Naked City in 1988 and Masada in 1995--and it's been fitting for the stature of both the Festival and the man himself.
When John Zorn was a restless, teenage student of neoclassical composition at Webster College in St. Louis during the early '70s, he took refuge in his discovery of free jazz.
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 Metroactive Music | John Zorn
Then add Zorn's early classical training--or, as he puts it, "the realization that every note needs to have a function, and that there always has to be a sense of going somewhere, the feeling that a personal vision is being realized."
Today, Zorn is fast approaching elder statesmanhood in the music business, having been at it since the mid-1970s (and having released some 60 CDs and LPs).
Zorn is a veteran improviser, and the recordings I've heard reveal breadth, finesse and all the necessary technique.
www.metroactive.com /papers/cruz/02.05.03/zorn-0306.html   (1991 words)

 John Zorn News
John Zorn, who emerged from the hybrid free jazz - punk no wave NYC crowd in the '80s, has won a MacArthur Award.
About 10 years ago, avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn started a project to expand the definition of Jewish music beyond the traditional klezmer style, played with accordion and clarinet.
Also featured is jazz icon John Zorn from his new Protocols of Zion album, high school student Teddy Hecht's pro-Zionist hip-hop, Ethiopian music from Ashkelon, the band Tipex, groovy jam session with Yoni &...
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 John Zorn Discography at CD Universe
Native New Yorker John Zorn is one of the most important, influential figures in avant-garde jazz, particularly the downtown NYC improv scene.
Zorn started out in the 1970s, forging a new template for jazz-based improvisation, drawing inspiration from both '60s free jazz and experimental New Music composition.
Zorn's own label, Tzadik, has become a key source of inventive unconventional music by other artists, not to mention his own voluminous discography.
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/artist/Zorn,+John/a/John+Zorn.htm   (417 words)

 BOMB Magazine: John Zorn by Michael Goldberg
The first pieces I heard of John Zorn's were both titled Lacrosse, one from 1979 and the other from 1981.
I had never met Zorn before we sat down together to do this interview, but when he arrived at my door, midmorning on an unusually warm spring day, we jumped right into things; the conversation (and the coffee) flowed.
Not only is John Zorn fantastically diverse and prolific; he's got the charms of a storyteller.
www.bombsite.com /zorn/zorn.html   (195 words)

 John Zorn and Zionism
Now, John Zorn is probably not a Zionist, but his music and the music of the Radical Jewish Culture Series on his Tzadik record label both fail to address another Radical Movement in Jewish Culture: Zionism.
Thus, we have Zorn reinterpreting jazz as Jewish, mirroring the genealogical homogeneity of the original be-bop groups as well as of the groups formed by the be-boppers’ free jazz younger brothers.
And as incredible and beautiful as Zorn’s music is, in the end, it is nothing but a series of statements limited within a self-circumscribed community of artists that professes to be, somehow, radical.
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Not only was Zorn combining the traditions of jazz, rock and classical into compositions, he was absorbing and combining the methods by which these musics were produced.
Since 1995, Zorn has been the executive producer of Tzadik, a record label he founded whose raison d' etre was to give avant-garde and experimental music a forum.
Zorn's label many times releases unconventional albums by certain well known artists, albums that tend to break popular conceptions of what that artist sounds like.
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 BBC - Experimental Review - John Zorn, Cobra
Cobra is probably the most celebrated of John Zorn's 'game' pieces (the lineage also includes Rugby, Archery and Lacrosse).
Zorn guides a large and diverse improvising ensemble via cards indicating style, speed of delivery and so on, thereby getting a credit as 'prompter'.This kind of directed improvisation has its roots in the work of John Cage and Stockhausen, but Zorn's aesthetic is different.
Purists may insist that Zorn's aesthetic is a superficial one, reliant on the quick fix and post modernist pileup; the new music equivalent of the fart gag.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/experimental/reviews/zorn_cobra.shtml   (651 words)

 Amazon.com: Naked City: Music: John Zorn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
But Zorn's work on this album is so intense and on the ball with the music that it's hard not to have admiration for it.
John Zorn hails from New York and has been one of the most interesting and exciting figures in contemporary music for years.
Zorn seems to have a knack for, is assembling the right band for the right project (much in the same way Miles Davis did).
www.amazon.com /Naked-City-John-Zorn/dp/B000005J08   (2651 words)

 John Zorn / Masada / Live
The first Jewish-inspired Zorn recording of which I was aware was the harsh, Kristallnacht, an album that seemed to dwell on and in the cacophony of the beginning of the Holocaust.
I keep waiting to see them appear on Zorn's new "tzadik" label, but they appear to be far back in queue, waiting for him to finish with other earlier, nothing to do with Jewish, albums.
In fact, the only Jewish-relevant album to appear on that label with Zorn is a mystifying series of duets on which the most apparent characteristic is the strength of the hiss, snap, and crackle on the 78s with which Zorn and his partner are improvising.
www.klezmershack.com /bands/zornmasada/live/zornmasada.live.html   (932 words)

 John Zorn Discography & Biography, John Zorn Albums & CDs
Zorn was born in 1953 and he played the piano, guitar and flute as a child.
Zorn released some independent albums in the 1970s and early 1980s, including releases on fellow improviser Elliot Sharp's label, Zoar.
Zorn signed with Elektra-Nonesuch and did recorded an all-star avant garde tribute to Ennio Morricone on 1987's The Big Gundown and a hardcore rock tribute to Ornette Coleman on 1989's Spy Vs. Spy.
www.prex.com /biography/John-Zorn-discography.htm   (1639 words)

 John Zorn
The brutal cut-ups and dislocations that later become Zorn's polystylistic calling cards are here present throughout, though on the surface of the music: the organic "development-climax-decay" schema so characteristic of much free improvisation these past few years is here conceptually (and hence musically) impossible due to the complex permutations of the "score".
As Zorn notes, the performance reveals "perhaps the wrong kind of tension", with Ackley and Kaiser struggling valiantly to make sense of the score in the face of experienced opposition from Zorn and Chadbourne.
This five-movement piece was written in 1993, the beginning of Zorn's "professionally Jewish" period (starting with the release of the astounding "Kristallnacht" and evolving through the myriad Masada projects to "Bar Kokhba"), and reveals a mastery of instrumentation lacking in "Christabel" and a greater sense of structural maturity than the 80s cartoon pieces.
www.paristransatlantic.com /magazine/recordings/zorncoll.html   (1092 words)

 FAQ for the John Zorn Mailing List
An album of JOHN ZORN's eclectic arrangements of some of the most important, and often overlooked compositions of the 20th century.
In later game pieces, like Cobra (the most recorded and performed of Zorn's game pieces), the rules are more open (there is, for example, no attempt at having all possible combinations of players perform together, and there is no notated material) and the ways in which performers can interupt the proceedings are more elaborate.
John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Peter Brotzmann, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Ornette Coleman, Frank Lowe, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Oliver Lake, and Albert Ayler are among the legends of the previous generation.
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 John Zorn: Filmworks XV and XVII
What Zorn comes up with, more than just music, is an assembly of hypnotic rhythms, tones and themes that, with or without knowledge of the film itself, draw its unsettling subject into view.
For Menken, Zorn paints a complex portrait of artistic exploration - from the spirited ambling of “Glimpses” to the manic, piercing “GoGoGO” to “Bolex Dancing” - as the sound of film hypnotically rounds the camera’s gears.
Zorn turns to African thumb pianos, while Baptista and Kenny Wollesen lay a rich percussive bed beneath.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=22044   (520 words)

 John Zorn Music - Favorite Songs - Lyrics From   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
John Zorn's Masada, A discography of John Zorn's band, Masada, written and compiled by Scott Maykrantz...
Zorn was born in New York City, and as a child played piano, guitar and flute.
John Zorn, and I hope that through it other people will be introduced to the wide range of wonderful music...
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John Zorn plays on three tracks with News For Lulu: 5/ Melanie (Freddie Redd) 4:50 6/ Funk in Deep Freeze (Hank Mobley) 3:29 7/ Windmill (Kenny Dorham) 1:03 Recorded on August 30, 1987 at Willisau 1988 - Hat Hut (Switzerland), 6000 (limited edition of 999 CD) See NEWS FOR LULU (1988) for the lineup.
Zorn composed two tracks and plays on one with Blind Idiot God: 8/ Nuit Blanche Pour Les Gorilles (Zorn) 3:57 14/ Spirou et Fantasio a New York (Zorn) 1:46 Recorded at Sorcerer Studio, New York John Zorn (14): alto; Andy Hawkins: guitar, vocals; Gabriel Katz: bass, vocals; Ted Epstein: drums, vocals.
John Zorn plays on two tracks with Slan: 9/ Rictus 2:05 10/ Z.O.G. Recorded at the Knitting Factory, New York City on January 16, 1990 John Zorn: alto; Elliott Sharp: doubleneck guitarbass; Ted Epstein: drums.
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 John Zorn - AOL Music
John Zorn's label, dedicated to releasing the best in avant-garde and experimental music, and presenting a worldwide community of musician-composers who...
The most basic answer to the question "who is John Zorn?" would be that John Zorn is a composer and saxaphone player who lives and performs primarily in New...
Download, listen and watch John Zorn music, mp3's, song lyrics, music videos, Internet radio, live performances, concerts, and more on AOL Music.
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