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Zorn, John : Midsummer Moons (Tzadik)

Two guitarists -- Gyan Riley and Julian Lage -- perform 10 lyrical John Zorn compositions inspired by Shakespeare and written for the moon, a symbol of love, lust, madness and dreams, as the two guitarists play in unison and interweaving figures, a beautiful album of contemplative, refined and elegant works from one of New York's most prolific composers.
 

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UPC: 702397835424

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: CD-TZA-8354
Squidco Product Code: 24835

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Eastside sound, in New York City, New York, by Marc Urselli.


Personnel:

John Zorn-composer

Gyan Riley-guitar

Julian Lage-guitar

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track listing:


1. Sliver'd in the Moon's Eclipse 4:56

2. Moonlight Revels 3:57

3. The Envious Moon 5:24

4. By Moonlight at Her Window Sung 3:42

5. This Lanthorn 3:06

6. Ill Met by Moonlight 4:14

7. Moon Take Thy Flight 3:26

8. And the Wolf Behowls the Moon 3:44

9. Moonbeams 4:01

10. Wand'ring Moon 5:42
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"For millennia the moon has been a subject of deep fascination- a symbol of love, lust, madness and dreams. More than a passive observer, it is a powerful force whose brilliant luminosity exerts an intoxicating effect upon the winds, the tides, our emotions and more. This dark and moody CD of music inspired by Shakespearian Lunar imagery features ten lyrical compositions evoking the magic of Sister Moon. Stunningly performedby two of the most fabulous new guitarists working today-Julian Lage and Gyan Riley, this is a beautiful and heartfelt program of music for late night contemplation on a romantic midsummer evening."-Tzadik


Artist Biographies:

"John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".

Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music. After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and received wide acclaim with the release of The Big Gundown, an album reworking the compositions of Ennio Morricone. He attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987, and Naked City in 1989. After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US he made New York his permanent base and established his own record label, Tzadik, in the mid-1990s.

Tzadik enabled Zorn to maintain independence from the mainstream music industry and ensured the continued availability of his growing catalog of recordings, allowing him to prolifically record and release new material, issuing several new albums each year, as well as promoting the work of many other musicians. Zorn has led the hardcore bands Naked City and Painkiller, the klezmer/free jazz-influenced quartet Masada, composed over 600 pieces as part of the Masada Songbooks that have been performed by an array of groups, composed concert music for classical ensembles and orchestras, and produced music for opera, sound installations, film and documentary. Zorn has undertaken many tours of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians and ensembles that perform his diverse output.

Zorn's compositions cross many genres and he has stated "All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I'm an additive person-the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can't see the connections, but they are there." For Zorn "Composing is more than just imagining music-it's knowing how to communicate it to musicians. And you don't give an improviser music that's completely written out, or ask a classical musician to improvise. I'm interested in speaking to musicians in their own languages, on their own terms, and in bringing out the best in what they do. To challenge them and excite them." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zorn)
11/15/2017

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"Gyan Riley (born 1977) is an American guitarist and composer. He is a son of minimalist composer Terry Riley. They frequently collaborate, including a tour in Europe in September 2016. Gyan Riley studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He released his solo album Stream of Gratitude in 2013 on John Zorn's Tzadik Records. He also performed with Zakir Hussain, Dawn Upshaw, San Francisco Symphony among others. In 2015, he released Nayive Eviyan, a collaboration with Czech violinist Iva Bittová."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyan_Riley)
11/15/2017

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"Julian Lage (born December 25, 1987) is an American jazz guitarist and composer.

A child prodigy, Lage was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight. At 13, Lage performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. At 15, Lage became a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lage has studied at Sonoma State University and the Ali Akbar College of Music. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008.

On March 24, 2009 Lage released his debut album Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, to favorable reviews. It was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Lage's second album, titled Gladwell was released April 26, 2011, to positive reviews. On March 2, 2015, Lage released his first solo acoustic album entitled World's Fair. On March 11, 2016, Lage released his fourth album as a leader, entitled Arclight.

As of 2017, Lage's trio features bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Lage also has duo projects with guitarists Chris Eldridge and Nels Cline."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Lage)
11/15/2017

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Zorn, John / Eugene Chadbourne
1977-1981 [VINYL LP + BOOK]
(Song Cycle)
Zorn, John
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 5 _Philharmonie De Paris
(Tzadik)
Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki)
Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John / Garth Knox and the Saltarello Trio
Leonard: The Book of Angels Volume 30
(Tzadik)
Riley, Terry
The 3 Generations Trio
(Angelica)
Zorn, John
The Classic Guide To Strategy Vol. 4
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
There'll Be No Tears Tonight
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Zorn, John
49 Acts Of Unspeakable Depravity In The Abominable Life And Times Of Gilles De Rais
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
Commedia Della Arte
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Boogie With The Hook
(Leo)
Riley, Terry
The 3 Generations Trio
(Angelica)
Zorn, John
Sacred Visions
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
The Mockingbird
(Tzadik)
Flaga - John Zorn
Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27
(Tzadik)
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
(Confront)
Zion80
Adramelech: The Book Of Angels Volume 22
(Tzadik)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John
Sonic Rivers
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene / John Zorn
Great Duo Live, 1977-'80 Volume II
(Chadula)
Zorn, John
Shir Hashirim
(Tzadik)
Bittova / Riley / Ziporyn
Eviyan Live
(Les Disques Victo)
Ono, Yoko Plastic Ono Band
Take Me to the Land of Hell
(Chimera Music)
Zorn, John
Nosferatu
(Tzadik)
Zorn / Lewis / Frisell
More News For Lulu
(Hatology)
Baker, Duck
The Ducks Palace
(Incus)
Masada Quintet Featuring Joe Lovano
Stolas: The Book Of Angels Volume 12
(Tzadik)
Various Artists (Zorn / Johansson / Johnson / de Vroe / Schleirmacher)
Enfants Terribles
(Hat [now] ART)
Zorn, John
The Dreamers
(Tzadik)
Smith, Wadada Leo, Ibarra, Susie & Zorn, John
50Th Birthday Celebration - Volume 8
(Tzadik)
Ribot, Marc
Asmodeus - The Book Of Angels Volume 7
(Tzadik)
Caine, Uri
Moloch - The Book Of Angels Volume 6
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Vision-Ease
(Chadula)
Feldman, Mark & Courvoisier, Sylvie
Masada Book Ii - The Book Of Angels Volume 3
(Tzadik)
Naked City
Naked City Box Set
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
The English Channel
(Chadula)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Zorn, John / Eugene Chadbourne
1977-1981 [VINYL LP + BOOK]
(Song Cycle)
Zorn, John
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 5 _Philharmonie De Paris
(Tzadik)
Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki)
Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John / Garth Knox and the Saltarello Trio
Leonard: The Book of Angels Volume 30
(Tzadik)
Riley, Terry
The 3 Generations Trio
(Angelica)
Zorn, John
The Classic Guide To Strategy Vol. 4
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
There'll Be No Tears Tonight
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Zorn, John
49 Acts Of Unspeakable Depravity In The Abominable Life And Times Of Gilles De Rais
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
Commedia Della Arte
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Boogie With The Hook
(Leo)
Zorn, John
Sacred Visions
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John
The Mockingbird
(Tzadik)
Flaga - John Zorn
Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27
(Tzadik)
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
(Confront)
Zion80
Adramelech: The Book Of Angels Volume 22
(Tzadik)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John
Sonic Rivers
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene / John Zorn
Great Duo Live, 1977-'80 Volume II
(Chadula)
Zorn, John
Shir Hashirim
(Tzadik)
Ono, Yoko Plastic Ono Band
Take Me to the Land of Hell
(Chimera Music)
Zorn, John
Nosferatu
(Tzadik)
Zorn / Lewis / Frisell
More News For Lulu
(Hatology)
Baker, Duck
The Ducks Palace
(Incus)
Masada Quintet Featuring Joe Lovano
Stolas: The Book Of Angels Volume 12
(Tzadik)
Various Artists (Zorn / Johansson / Johnson / de Vroe / Schleirmacher)
Enfants Terribles
(Hat [now] ART)

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