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Zorn, John: What Thou Wilt (Tzadik)

Three compositional works from Zorn: 1999's violin concerto "Contes de Faes"; and two intense pieces of "Crowleana", a bizarre and expansive solo piano piece and a work for 3 cellists.

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UPC: 702397807629

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-8076
Squidco Product Code: 13718

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Track 1 recorded August 10th, 2009 by Tim Martyn at Tanglewood, MA. Track 2 recorded June 28th, 2010 by Joel Gordon at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Track 3 was recorded on March 11th, 2010 by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound, NYC.


Stephen Drury-piano

Erik Friedlander-cello

Fred Sherry-cello

Mike Nicolas-cello

Stephanie Nussbaum-violin

Karin Andreasen-first violin

Leah Arsenault-flute

Sarah Bass-viola

Joseph Becker-percussion

Brent Besner-clarinet

Zachary Boeding-oboe

Evan Buttemer-viola

Rosanna Butterfield-cello

Shawn Conley-bass

Allison Cook-bass

Andrew Cuneo-bassoon

Michael Dahlberg-cello

F. Ladr—n de Guevara-first violin

Rui Du-Second violin

Alexandra Early-first violin

John Elliott-tuba

Amy Galluzzo-second violin

Chen-Erh Ho-viola

David Hughes-piano

Julia Hunter-first violin

Oya Kazuki-percussion

Kathryn Kilian-second violin

Anna Lindvall-trombone

Te-Chiang Liu-first violin

Mary Lynch-oboe

Joseph Maile-first violin

Ryan McAdams-conductor

Derek Mosloff-viola

Tim Riley-horn

Laura Scalzo-second violin

Derek Stults-percussion

Meryl Summers-bassoon

Charles Tyler-cello

Tema Watstein-second violin

Ryan YurŽ-clarinet

Heather Zinninger-flute

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"Cellist Erik Friedlander started studying music at an early age, beginning at 5 with guitar, and then at 8, cello lessons. He grew up in a house filled with music, as his father, an avid music lover, made countless mixtapes which played daily in their home. Erik spent his twenties honing his skills as a player and an improviser and quickly became a sought after studio musician, performing on the Downtown music scene and with artists as diverse as The Mountain Goats, John Zorn, Dave Douglas and Courtney Love. Erik's desire to actively participate in the swirl of music styles he was surrounded by led him to find new ways to play the cello and drives his solo work which is varied and unusual."

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"Charles Lacy Tyler (July 20, 1941 - June 27, 1992) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist. He also played alto saxophone and clarinet.

Tyler was born in Cadiz, Kentucky, and spent his childhood years in Indianapolis. He played piano as a child and clarinet at 7, before switching to alto in his early teens, and finally baritone saxophone. During the summers, he visited Chicago, New York City and Cleveland, Ohio, where he met the young tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler at age 14. After sering in the army from 1957-1959, Tyler relocated to Cleveland in 1960 and began playing with Ayler, conmuting between New York and Cleveland. During that period played with Ornette Coleman and Sunny Murray.

In 1965 Tyler recorded Bells and Spirits Rejoice with Alyer's group. He recorded his first album as leader the following year for ESP-Disk. He returned to Indianapolis to study with David Baker at Indiana University between 1967 and 1968, recording a second album for ESP, Eastern Man Alone. In 1968, he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley to study and teach. In Los Angeles, he worked with Arthur Blythe, Bobby Bradford, and David Murray.

He moved back to New York in 1974, leading his own groups with Blythe, trumpeter Earl Cross, drummer Steve Reid and others, recording the album Voyage from Jericho on Tyler's own Akba label. In 1975, Tyler enrolled at Columbia University and made an extensive tour of Scandinavia, releasing his second Akba album Live in Europe. In 1976, he performed the piece "Saga of the Outlaws" at Sam Rivers's Studio Rivbea, released two years later on Nessa Records. During that period he played as a sideman or co-leader with Steve Reid, Cecil Taylor and Billy Bang.

In 1982, during a European tour with Sun Ra's Orchestra, he relocated to Denmark, and in 1985 he moved to France, recording with other expatriates like Khan Jamal in Copenhagen and Steve Lacy in Paris.

Tyler died in Toulon, France of heart failure in June 1992."

-Wikipedia (

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track listing:

1. Contes De Fées 13:18

2. (Fay Çe Que Vouldras) 22:53

3. 777 (Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted) 6:11
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"Composed in 1999 at the turning of the millennium, "Contes de Fées" is one of Zorn's classical masterworks. A powerful violin concerto with a virtuosic and lyrical solo part and dramatic, colorful orchestral accompaniment, it receives its best performance to date by the Tanglewood Orchestra under the baton of Ryan McAdams and features the remarkable soloist Stephanie Nussbaum. Also included are two intense pieces of "Crowleana", the bizarre and expansive solo piano piece and the whirlwind numerological miniature for three celli dedicated to the legendary new music virtuoso Fred Sherry 777, which maestro Charles Wuorinen considers one of Zorn's most remarkable works."-Tzadik

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