Masada Marathon Special Podcast

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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.

Visit  for a full listing of events during the citywide celebration of Zorn@60 throughout New York.

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]

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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]

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Koby Israelite

Book Of Angels: Orobas Vol. 4


Nisroc [4:56]

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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]

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Jamie Saft Trio

Astaroth: Book of Angels Vol. 1

Ariel [6:30]

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Cyro Baptista/Banquet of the Spirits

Caym: Book of Angels vol. 17

Briel [4:18]

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David Krakauer 

Pruflas: The Book of Angels vol. 18

Ebuhuel [3:51]

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Medeski Martin & Wood  

Zaebos: Book of Angels vol. 11 

Tutrusa'I [5:09]

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