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…
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.
Wayne Horvitz: Some Places are Forever Afternoon. Roulette (Brooklyn)
While in New York, I seek out new music and sometimes new venues as well. This past week I visited Roulette in Brooklyn to see an ensemble piece by composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz.
The evening featured Some Places are Forever Afternoon a single suite of twelve pieces by Horvitz based on eleven poems by Northwest poet Richard Hugo. Each musical piece was preceded by a reading of one of Hugo’s poems. The words dealt with a variety of settings, from the natural landscape to quasi-religious stories of journeys and temples (it immediately brought to mind Mormonism, though we can find no official connection there) to bars and taverns. The subject matter appeared to follow largely that progression of concepts, though it was a mixture and also interspersed with abstract text. Musically, there was a continuity among all the pieces, blending contemporary composition and jazz idioms, with occasional phrases that evoked the words in the preceding poem. Most of the music was quite rhythmic anchored by Horvitz on piano, Kenny Wollesen on drums, and Ted Luntzel on bass.. There was quite a timbral spread with Sara Shchoenbeck featured prominently on bassoon and Riley Mulherkar on trumpet lending more of the jazz sound. Familiar faces Marika Hughes on cello and Nels Cline held together the middle.
Overall, it was a good show and well performed, and left me with a bit of curiosity. I look forward to hearing more at Roulette on future visits to New York.
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
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.