Release date
27 Oct 2009
Running length
4 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Femina, Part One 11:42 56
2 Femina, Part Two 10:11 45
3 Femina, Part Three 10:15 43
4 Femina, End Titles 3:16 51

About this album

1. Femina―part one
2. Femina―part two
3. Femina―part three
4. Femina―end titles

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. Hildegard von Bingen, Meredith Monk, Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Madame Blavatsky, Isadora Duncan, Hélène Cixous, Gertrude Stein, Abe Sada, Sylvia Plath, Louise Bourgeois, Margaret Mead, Loie Fuller, Dorothy Parker, Yoko Ono and the moon goddess En Hedu’Anna are just a few of the figures who are referenced, reflected and summoned in this soulful and exhilarating tribute to some of the greatest hearts and minds that ever lived. 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.

Jennifer Choi: Violin
Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Carol Emanuel: Harp
Okkyung Lee: Cello
Ikue Mori: Electronics
Shayna Dunkelman: Percussion

Special Guest
Laurie Anderson: Opening Narration

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  • JamesLebowski

    Yes! The triumphant return to the filecard piece, fascinating and unique in sound, full of beautiful melodies and it definitely features some of the most talented women in experimental music.

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • tim4tw

    definitely one of his best works

    28 Aug 2011 Reply

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