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John Zorn


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New York City, United States (1953 – present)

John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in New York City, United States) is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn’s recorded output is prolific with hundreds of album credits as a performer, composer, or producer. His work has touched on a wide range of musical genres, often within a single composition, but he is best-known for his , , improvised and music. Zorn has led the band Naked City, the klezmer-influenced quartet Masada and composed the associated ‘Masada Songbooks’, written concert music for classical ensembles, and produced music for film and documentary. Zorn has stated that “I’ve got an incredibly short attention span. My music is jam-packed with information that is changing very fast… All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I’m an additive person - the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can’t see the connections, but they are there.”

After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and attracted wide acclaim in 1985 when he released The Big Gundown with his interpretations of music composed by Ennio Morricone. This was followed by the album Spillane in 1987, and the first album by Naked City in 1989 which all attracted further worldwide attention.


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  • d1lll1nger

    Naked City!

    5 Aug 8:56am Reply
  • grisha_leps

    если бы люди умели играть музыку жопой - она бы очень сильно напоминала то что делает зорн

    3 Aug 9:01pm Reply
  • drochlen

    Не, ну Джон классый мужик, чего уж тут.

    29 Jul 9:10am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    v yep, one of his most fascinating yet accessible works. A masterpiece.

    15 Jul 9:47am Reply
  • stupidstuff

    I listened to Zorn's The Goddess: Music for the Ancient of Days today and found it to be mind-alteringly beautiful!

    5 Jul 11:59pm Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    this sounds like THE LOCUST

    18 Jun 9:40am Reply
  • JamesLebowski

    Okay, that would be awesome indeed. But lets hope his final release is still decades away and thus that collection, no matter how great, is too. ;D

    15 Jun 1:19pm Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    Sorry, I meant a package of every release together!

    14 Jun 12:12am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    if I was rich, I'd buy every single Zorn album [4]

    29 May 6:54pm Reply
  • sabrage

    Zorn is endearingly unphotogenic.

    17 May 5:22am Reply
  • TamaTheOriginal

    His records are packaged like candies that make you want to buy the whole store.

    25 Apr 10:01pm Reply
  • ImSimpleEthan

    This man is incredible.

    21 Apr 12:30am Reply
  • JamesLebowski

    90% of his albums have packaging that qualifies them as collector's items.

    20 Apr 3:21pm Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    He should do some kind of collectors package of every release

    19 Apr 5:52pm Reply
  • Sentenzia22

    if I was rich, I'd buy every single Zorn album [2]

    17 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Well, you're stupid.

    11 Apr 12:53pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    I don't care if it's his real name. It sounds retarded. Wanna have "anger" as your last name? Seriously? And I don't know where my comment insists I would hate anyone or anything. You're the racist here.

    8 Apr 6:20pm Reply
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  • JamesLebowski

    That is his actual name moron. I guess you also hate other jewish family names like Rosenbaum or Friedlander. Fucking Germans. All fucking Nazis.

    30 Mar 7:49pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    John Zorn? Seriously? Is he the brother of Richie Kotzen? People should stop abusing German words...

    28 Mar 11:33pm Reply
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