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New York City's complex composers collective band Zs celebrates 10 years with this "Complete Sextet Works" box set, presenting recordings from their first 5 years of inscrutable and challenging music.

Score - The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007 [4 CD BOX SET]

Zs:  Score - The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007 [4 CD BOX SET]

Label: Northern Spy    
Released in: USA    

"This September 2012 New York City band Zs celebrates 10 years of being a band with the release of Score - The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007. Zs has been described with a dizzying array of musical vocabularies, and has performed alongside an equally dizzying complement of colleagues and collaborators ranging from Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P. Orridge, to Roscoe Mitchell, to Christian Wolf, not to mention hundreds of comrades from the Brooklyn DIY scene, that has been home to Zs' myriad incarnations and musical and artistic tangents. Belonging nowhere and everywhere, Zs has absorbed the editorial space of Howard Stern and Alex Ross alike. In 10 years of activity, the band has changed in countless ways without ever changing a fierce commitment to inscrutable aesthetics and execution crafted to provoke reflection and challenge assumption in the consumption of music.

When Zs first formed the sextet, the band operated as a composers collective who played their own compositions. All members of the band huddled over sheet music on music stands illuminated by floodlights. The band was known for ensemble style rather than individual styles of the players, and developed a particular reputation for a near pathological commitment to unison execution of counter intuitive rhythms at an ear splitting volume, or at a virtually inaudible volume. Additionally, the band wore uniforms, a way of drawing attention away from the people playing in the band, and toward the group responsible for the monolithic rhythms and harmonies Zs spun out relentlessly at early shows. This stands in stark contrast to the emphasis on individual style found in Zs' recent work. That said, this music is important in the development of Zs as it articulates the formation of the aesthetic and formal vocabulary that would form the underpinning for all future journeys the band would take.

At present Zs remains committed to constant change in method and stasis in intention - different means, people, and aesthetics, always meant to instigate questioning and challenge preconception. The band is working on writing their 3rd full length record and an EP, both due out in 2013. In the mean season, dive into the early world of Zs with Score - The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007."-Northern Spy

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Product Information:

UPC: 741360699748

Label: Northern Spy
Catalog ID: NS 027
Squidco Product Code: 16937

Format: 4 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: 4 CD Box Set and 20 page booklet
Digitally remastered by Ben Greenberg.


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Alex Mincek-tenor saxophone

Matthew Hough-electric guitar

Charlie Looker-electric guitar

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Brad Wentworth-drum set

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Track Listing:


Retrace A Walk











In My Dream I Shot A Monk


Four Systems (Tzadik Edit)

Four Systems (Complete Version)


Retrace A Walk (Live)


Bump (Live)

Slalom (Live)

Mimesis (Live)

Zs (Live)

In My Dream I Shot A Monk (Remix)


B Is For Burning


Nobody Wants To Be Had


I CanÕt Concentrate

Except When You DonÕt Because Sometimes You WonÕt

Z Is For Zone

Except When You DonÕt Because Sometimes You WonÕt (Zebrablood Remix)

Bump (Zebrablood Remix)


I CanÕt Concentrate (Prototype)

Tenor Duet

Balk (Prototype)

Woodworking Drums (version)

Woodworking Drums

For Zs [excerpt] (Live at Paula Cooper Gallery)

Fall and Climb

Mimesis (Alternate)

Z Is For Zone (Remix)

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