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John Zorn: Femina / Zorn, et al

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>Zorn, John : Femina, for ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Structured as a colorful tribute to women in the Arts, 'Femina' is a triumphant return to the file card technique that has produced some of Zorn's most shockingly original compositions. Much like an aural film, the music jumps from scene to scene with breathtaking precision, following its own peculiar logic. Featuring an all-woman band of some of the downtown scene's most creative and talented musicians, 'Femina' is one of Zorn's deepest and most profoundly beautiful creations. Unique packaging contains artwork and a booklet of images by Kiki Smith, one of the world's greatest and most important art visionaries.

”The ensemble performs brilliantly, and does its changes on a dime. Laurie Anderson is on hand to provide a few sentences of invocation at the start, and gives the whole thing some gravitas. Overall high-concept, high production values (Tzadik’s sound is stunning). This is for you if you want a multi-stylistic multidisciplinary buzz.”-Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jennifer Choi (violin); Sylvie Courvoisier (piano); Carol Emanuel (harp); Ikue Mori (electronics).

Recording information: East Side Sound (12/16/2008-12/18/2008).


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>Zorn, John : Femina, for ensemble
  • Performers: Jennifer Choi (Violin); Sylvie Courvoisier (Piano); Shayna Dunkelman (Percussion); Carol Emanuel (Harp); Okkyung Lee (Cello); Ikue Mori (Electronics)
  • Conductor: John Zorn
  • Notes: East Side Sound (12/16/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary