Masada Marathon Special Podcast

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Since the 1990’s, Zorn has written over 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music.  This Masada collection, as it’s known, is divided into two books, both using Jewish scales as a springboard for improvisation. He performed the first 200 songs of Book One with the rotating members of the Masada ensemble for a decade.  Then, in late 2004, he wrote 316 new pieces in the form, in just three months. He refers to this second part of Masada as “The Book of Angels,” with each piece given the name of a Biblical angel. Rather then gearing this project towards a particular band as the first Masada songbook did, Zorn instead decided this time around to invite many different collaborators to have at the book, folks as wide-ranging as Joe Lovano to Medeski, Martin & Wood, Basya Schechter to Cyro Baptista, and Pat Metheny to Marc Ribot.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday, Zorn came by the studio to present music from just some of the recordings of The Book of Angels.  The two Johns, Zorn and Schaefer, picked a bunch of music (see pic below) – too much to fit into one New Sounds show. So the remaining songs are included here (with a few extras) on this New Sounds special podcast.

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Special Podcast 3510.5, More Music from Zorn’s Masada Book2: Book of Angels (9/10/2013)             





Masada String Trio 

Haborym (Masada Book 2: Book of Angels, Vol. 16)

Carniel [4:42]

Tzadik 7384

The Dreamers (Cyro Baptista: Percussion
Joey Baron: Drums
Trevor Dunn: Bass
Marc Ribot: Guitar
Jamie Saft: Keyboards
Kenny Wollesen: Vibraphone)

Ipos (Masada Book 2: The Book of Angels, Vol. 14)

Galizur [7:33]

Tzadik 7380

Koby Israelite

Book Of Angels: Orobas Vol. 4


Nisroc [4:56]

Tzadik 7356

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Aram Bajakian: Guitar
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Gimbri
Eyal Maoz: Guitar
Keven Grohowski: Drums)

Abraxas-The Book of Angels Vol 19

Domos [4:00]

Tzadik 8302

Jamie Saft Trio

Astaroth: Book of Angels Vol. 1

Ariel [6:30]

Tzadik 7348

Cyro Baptista/Banquet of the Spirits

Caym: Book of Angels vol. 17

Briel [4:18]

Tzadik 7388

David Krakauer 

Pruflas: The Book of Angels vol. 18

Ebuhuel [3:51]

Tzadik 7396

Medeski Martin & Wood  

Zaebos: Book of Angels vol. 11 

Tutrusa'I [5:09]

Tzadik 7368



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Comments [5]

New Sounds APA

@Digital Gypsy,

Secret Chiefs were included in last night's broadcast of the interview show with John Zorn. Just not the podcast.

-New Sounds Staff

Sep. 13 2013 02:45 PM
digital gypsy from strasburg (france)

too bad you didn't choose any tunes from vol. 9 produced by secret chiefs 3

Sep. 12 2013 12:54 PM
gina ballinger from graz, austia

being a neophyte ...still wanted to say that what made me smile SO is how Masade spins out of the heaviness, to me, of beautiful jewish music and joins into world music and life today. thank you!

Sep. 12 2013 11:06 AM
Nashaz from Brooklyn, NY (USA)

Zorn is brilliant, when I found out that each of the compositions were limited to fitting on half a sheet of manuscript paper it made Masada even more remarkable.

Sep. 11 2013 06:03 PM
stuart from NYC

beautiful!!! zorn is simply amazing. thanks for posting this.

Sep. 11 2013 03:29 PM

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