Electric Guitar-Informed Music


For this New Sounds, hear some music by electric guitarists (and multi-instrumentalist MacArthur Genius John Zorn ) for other instruments…like saxophone quartet!  The Swiss sax ensemble ARTE Quartett plays music by John Zorn from their brilliant record, Different Worlds, which also includes music by Terry Riley, Lebanese composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, and arrangements of Swiss folk songs.

Plus, the Prism Quartet plays Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, for saxophone quartet and (optional) orchestra by Steven Mackey, the American composer and electric guitarist.  We’ll also hear brand new music from Scott Johnson, who was among the influential composers bringing amplified sounds of rock into traditionally scored compositions, from his record “Americans.”  AND, an arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” featuring Maya Beiser.

PROGRAM # 3088, Electric Guitar-Informed Music (First aired on 6/15/2010)





ARTE Quartett

Different Worlds

Zorn: Tiferet [5:19]
Mikreh [3:29]

Marsyas Records MAR 18042 www.marsyas.biz

Prism Quartet/BMOP

Bolcom and Mackey: Concertos for Saxophone Quartet

Mackey: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: III Machine [13:09]

Innova 731

Scott Johnson


Anthem Hunt [6:12]

Tzadik 8074 www.tzadik.com

Maya Beiser


Page/Plant :Kashmir (arr. Ziporyn) [7:17]

Innova 778

Fred Frith and ARTE Quartett

The Big Picture

Frith: Hopscotch (for John Zorn) [4:52] Frith: Freedom in Fragments-Song and Dance [4:21]

Intakt Records 156 www.intaktrec.ch