Posted in music | tour dates on January 16, 2014

by Doug Moore

John Zorn at Maxwell's, 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)

John Zorn describes his Masada songbook as follows: "The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together." He's been writing Masada material for about 20 years, and he's racked up some 600 compositions in the idiom. If you only know Zorn for his noise-oriented work, do yourself a favor and Youtube some Masada performances.

A few months before he joins Dave Lombardo and Bill Laswell for a rare appearance as Bladerunner, Zorn and many, many others will get together to debut the 20 new Masada compositions that comprise Masada Book 3: The Book of Beriah. The show is being billed as a "marathon shuffle concert": each of the 20 tunes will be interpreted by a different group of musicians. The cast is diverse, from Zorn himself and frequent collaborators like Marc Ribot and John Medeski to younger, weirder Zorn affiliates like Abraxas, Cyro Baptista, Cleric, and Secret Chiefs 3. The show is slated for March 19 at the Town Hall (123 West 43rd St.). Tickets are on sale.

Zorn's other upcoming shows include the gigs he has scheduled as Bladerunner with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo & Bill Laswell which hits LPR in NYC and Reggie's in Chicago. They are all listed below.

Check out a Zorn + Ribot version of a Masada tune and the announced lineup of Beriah contributors below too...


Beriah concert contributors announced:

John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Secret Chiefs 3, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, John Medeski, Jon Madof and Zion 80, Klezmatics members Frank London and Matt Darriau, Abraxas, Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits, Many Arms, Sofia Rei, Eyvind Kang, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft, Cleric, Uri Gurvich

John Zorn --- 2014 Tour Dates
Mar 13 Adelaide Festival, Australia (Bladerunner)
Mar 19 Town Hall, New York, NY
May 03 Reggies Rock Club Chicago, IL (Bladerunner)
May 04 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY (Bladerunner)
Aug 01 Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI



Comments (9)

Didn't know RL Stine played sax.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:16 PM

oh my god... that IS RL Stine.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:35 PM

skronk skronk

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:36 PM

I dig some of Zorn's work, but he's fooling no one into thinking he's being original by emulating this klezmer-ish material.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 4:02 PM

@4:02 is he claiming that he wasn't emulating klesmer / jewish melodics in Masada? Methinks not. Asshat.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 5:36 PM

Seriously? 4:02pm, go get yourself a music education and shut the serious fuck up you fucking asshat.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 11:59 PM

The aura of Zorn's vast Masada songbooks only serves to remind me of Stravinsky's quote about Vivaldi "writing the same concerto 500 times." I can enjoy the performances of Zorn's various Masada ensembles, as well as a number of the discs where other acts play pieces from the songbook, but the pieces themselves are extremely forgettable and the improv often feels limited by the Jewish modalities the pieces are written with.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2014 12:50 PM

whoever asked about the scale - it's a mode of the harmonic minor scale - use the notes of f minor - instead of f as the tonic - c is the tonic. mess around with d/dflat and e/eflat. each one adds a different color to the scale.

Posted by Goldstein | November 1, 2014 4:30 PM

Such a good song!

Posted by Nicolas | November 21, 2014 5:08 AM

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