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New York electric guitar quartet Dither (Gyan Riley, Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore) initiate John Zorn's Olympiad series, recording Zorn's early pre-Cobra game pieces "Fencing", Curling", and "Hockey".

Zorn, John
John Zorn's Olympiad The Early Game Pieces

Zorn, John: John Zorn's Olympiad The Early Game Pieces (Tzadik)

Label: Tzadik    
Released in: USA    

"In the late '70s and early '80s Zorn presented yearly retrospectives of his game pieces at various Downtown venues. He called these events his Olympiads. This long awaited CD presents three of his classic pre-Cobra game pieces in multiple versions by the fabulous Brooklyn-based guitar quartet Dither. Here you will find the building blocks of Zorn's trademark musical language-virtuosic extended techniques, surprising contrasts, fast group interaction and razor sharp changes. Featuring the first recording of Zorn's legendary compositions "Fencing" and "Curling", these fabulous realizations will keep you on the edge of your seat from first note to last!"-Tzadik

"DITHER, a New York based electric guitar quartet, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. Formed in 2007, the quartet has performed across the United States and abroad presenting new commissions, original compositions, multimedia works, and large guitar ensemble pieces. The quartetÕs members are Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore and Gyan Riley.

Dither has worked with a wide range of artists, including Eve Beglarian, Fred Frith, David Lang, Phill Niblock, Larry Polansky, Lee Ranaldo, Elliott Sharp, Lois V. Vierk, and John Zorn. Past performances include the Performa Biennial, The MATA Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Amsterdam Electric Guitar Heaven Festival, Hong Kong's Fringe Theater, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. Dither produces their annual Extravaganza, a raucous festival of creative music and art, which has been called an "official concert on the edge" by the New Yorker. Their critically acclaimed debut album was released on Henceforth Records, and their upcoming record Dither plays Zorn will come out on Tzadik in January 2015."-Dither Website

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Product Information:

UPC: 702397832720

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-8327
Squidco Product Code: 20303

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Future-Past Studios, in Hudson, New York, by Patrick Higgins.


Gyan Riley-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo

Taylor Levine-electric guitar, acoustic guitar

Joshua Lopes-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Bajo Sexto, Zhong Ruan

James Moore-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin

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Track Listing:

1. Curling (Electric Short) 7:31

2. Hockey (Acoustic Dry) 4:00

3. Fencing (Electric) 11:55

4. Curling (Acoustic) 13:17

5. Hockey (Electric Wet) 6:35

6. Fencing (Acoustic) 11:21

7. Hockey (Electric Dry) 4:04

8. Curling (Electric Long) 19:22

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