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John Zorn - Jazz in Marciac - Live 2010 (Full Show)

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5.29.14 Eric Friedlander is one of the most astonishing cellists around and it was a treat to see him perform solo from John Zorn’s Book Of Angels at Janos Gat pop-up gallery at 529 20th st in Chelsea. This was followed by him joining John Zorn and Kenny Wollesen in a version of Zorn’s “game piece” Hockey, with Zorn on duck calls and Wollesen on percussion.

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John Zorn’s Dreamers - Little Bittern (Live - Marciac, 2010)

Marc Ribot - Guitar
Kenny Wollesen - Vibes
Joey Baron - Drums
Jamie Saft - Keyboards
Trevor Dunn - Bass
Cyro Baptista - Percussion
John Zorn - Conducting

This is currently my favourite thing. Look at that awesome lineup of musicians… Marc Ribot’s guitar sounds amazing, and the way the whole band plays with Zorn directing them is just awesome. Brilliant footage and amazing live sound, too…

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John Zorn playing Jazz in Marciac in France in 2010 with Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Kenny Wollesen, Joey Baron and Cyro Baptista. Nearly all of these players will be at LPR this Sunday for two must-see Zorn@60 shows.

John Zorn's Emergency! (Zorn/Ribot/Medeski/Wollesen)


I finally got to see the man/myth/sonic explorer John Zorn last weekend…with the crushing rhythm section of Bill Laswell and Dave Lombardo no less…and needless to say, it was an absolute mindfuck. 

Said mindfuck finally got me to fully head down that Zorn hallway with it’s million doors/projects, and this one is particularly interesting to me of the apparent one-offs/short-lived bands. Zorn/Ribot/Wollesen are all in top form here, and I found Medeski’s playing particularly exciting with how much space he has to move within this bass-less group.

Dig this DSBD (possibly FM?) recording for four gnarly improvs. 

John Zorn’s Emergency!
8.29.1999 @ Willisau Jazz Festival
Willisau, Switzerland

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John Zorn - Sax
John Medeski - Organ
Marc Ribot - Guitar
Kenny Wollesen - Drums

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Musicians from New York City - drummers Dalius Naujo-Naujokaitis, Kenny Wollesen, saxophonist Jonathon Haffner and and multi-instrumentalist from San Diego, CA Sean Francis Conway played series of concerts at the Fluxus Ministry in Vilnius, Lithuania last fall (October 25 - 29, 2011). This is one of the projects that it was made by Dalius Naujo, Sean Francis Conway, Kenny Wollesen and Jonathon Haffner.
Dalius invited about forty young Lithuanian singers to sing Lithuanian unique archaic polyphonic songs SUTARTINES. That was an amazing combination of American avant-garde artists playing with Lithuanian
Choir who sang old polyphonic chants on the roof of the building in the middle of the Lithuanian Capital Vilnius. The mayor of Vilnius Artūras Zuokas was an active participant of this project. He helped a lot to
make those concerts come to life. Many ‘thanks’ to our friend and adviser - poet, filmmaker and artist Jonas Mekas. Please, watch this unique “Concert on the Roof.”

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Played my ribaphone with Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas at the People’s Climate March, September 21, 2014, NYC. What a GREAT day! 400,000 people, all positive vibes!! If you see any photos or videos of the band, please send them my way!!  Until I hopefully find some video of the Himalayas at the People’s Climate March, here’s a clip of us in Barcelona back in 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9PsrTH6Yg4

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John Zorn - The Aeons 

An evening of friends, tribute programme for our maestro Butch Morris. In the ensemble, the one and only Kenny Wollesen played the vibes as well as the drums. (Last time I saw Kenny play vibraphone was when we recorded him on Pola Negris.) On the same programme, we heard a piece for 52 trumpets composed by Henry Brent. It was fairly a dull piece of music, but the sheer sonic power of 52 instruments masterfully played was a bit of a rare treat. The resonating overtones of muted trumpets in a fairly big venue was very psychedelic.  — Roulette, Brooklyn.

Long live Butch!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V-9nCDbxO0

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Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine World premiere March 4, 2012 at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, California. Ron Miles - trumpet, Kenny Wollesen - vibraphone, Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone, Myra Melford - piano, Ches Smith - drums, Jeff Parker - guitar.