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 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Despite some film music connections, Mr. Zorn seems not to have received much attention here. A recent interview may raise some eyebrows. I posted the following at the Rozsa Forum, but it will be of wider interest, I'm sure.
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From Wikipedia:

John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in New York City) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn is a prolific artist; he has hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, or producer. He has had experience with a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, extreme metal, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, and improvised music.[2] Zorn brings these styles to his work,[2] which he refers to with the label avant-garde/experimental.[1]

He's one of the "Downtown" guys, and though I lived in Downtown Manhattan for most of my life, I have to admit that I'd never given much thought to him. He first came to wide acclaim in the 1980s with his album The Big Gundown, a kind of exotic mash-up on Ennio Morricone's Western themes. It's "one of the essential records of the eighties," according to the Penguin Guide to Jazz. Mr. Zorn is sixty this year and is getting a lot of attention. Which is nothing new. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (the "genius grant") back in 2006. Somehow I didn't imagine that his interests would align with my own.

Now just try to guess the seminal influence on his career -- the movie he saw at age seven and has seen hundreds of time since, the movie he allows to play while he's composing??!! Interesting interview by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. Listen from the 16-minute mark at http://www.npr.org/2013/09/03/217195249/at-60-challenges-are-opportunities-for-john-zorn

Who knew? Incidentally, the interview starts with a reference to a piece of Zorn's somehow inspired by WITCHFINDER GENERAL/THE CONQUEROR WORM, a film that does get some mention in these precincts.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Despite some film music connections, Mr. Zorn seems not to have received much attention here. A recent interview may raise some eyebrows. I posted the following at the Rozsa Forum, but it will be of wider interest, I'm sure.
* * *

From Wikipedia:

John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in New York City) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn is a prolific artist; he has hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, or producer. He has had experience with a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, extreme metal, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, and improvised music.[2] Zorn brings these styles to his work,[2] which he refers to with the label avant-garde/experimental.[1]

He's one of the "Downtown" guys, and though I lived in Downtown Manhattan for most of my life, I have to admit that I'd never given much thought to him. He first came to wide acclaim in the 1980s with his album The Big Gundown, a kind of exotic mash-up on Ennio Morricone's Western themes. It's "one of the essential records of the eighties," according to the Penguin Guide to Jazz. Mr. Zorn is sixty this year and is getting a lot of attention. Which is nothing new. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (the "genius grant") back in 2006. Somehow I didn't imagine that his interests would align with my own.

Now just try to guess the seminal influence on his career -- the movie he saw at age seven and has seen hundreds of time since, the movie he allows to play while he's composing??!! Interesting interview by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. Listen from the 16-minute mark at http://www.npr.org/2013/09/03/217195249/at-60-challenges-are-opportunities-for-john-zorn

Who knew? Incidentally, the interview starts with a reference to a piece of Zorn's somehow inspired by WITCHFINDER GENERAL/THE CONQUEROR WORM, a film that does get some mention in these precincts.


Not to be disrespectful, but why exactly would Mr. Zorn's music and/or career generate any particular notice in a film music forum?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Did you listen to the opening or the bit at minute 16? Also, Zorn's first big splash was a treatment of Ennio Morricone themes.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   JasonComerford   (Member)

Zorn is one of my favorite musicians alive. He's scored tons of documentaries and indie films, for starters, and has a "Filmworks" series on his own label, Tzadik, which is exclusively devoted to his film music. One of these releases is his unused music for Walter Hill's action film "Trespass."

Zorn also had a hand in putting together the two Carl Stalling compilations -- he's a huge Stalling fan and has long been interested in cartoon music.

Last time I was in NYC, I saw Zorn and Marc Ribot at Zorn's venue, The Stone. Needless to say, I am a huge fan.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

ive got the Morricone album.
Its okay.
Hes tackled great themes with a quirky treatment. Reasonably unusual.
But the genius is the man who wrote the themes in the first place.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Expanded the thread title. Let's see if this raises a few more eyebrows.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Here's a transcript of that interview: http://wbaa.org/post/60-challenges-are-opportunities-john-zorn

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

"GROSS: I don't remember the score from "Ben-Hur." Is it good?"

Who is this guy, Gross? He should be horse-whipped.

smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

I like good weird.
However strange bizarre sounds being called music is just wonderful .

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

big grin

 
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