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1) Masada is not so much a band as a musical project that John Zorn embarked upon in the early ’90s. It is a collection of more than 200 short tunes that have been written in accordance with a number of rules. These include the maximum number of staves, the modes or scales that are used and the fact that they must be playable by any small group of instruments.

Zorn formed the group Masada in order to record and perform this set of tunes. The personnel is John Zorn - alto saxophone, Dave Douglas - trumpet, Greg Cohen - bass, and Joey Baron - drums. A number of different drummers have performed with Masada over the years, most regularly Kenny Wollesen. Masada recorded the music on a series of ten CDs on the Japanese DIW label and a number of live recordings on Zorn’s Tzadik label.
In the last few months of 2004, Zorn wrote over 300 new tunes for the Masada songbook. Some of the new tunes were debuted at Tonic, NYC in December of 2004, as a mini festival.

2) Masada is a hardcore band from Hamilton, New Zealand. Influenced by bands such as Converge, Trap them, The Hope Conspiracy and Cursed. In 2008 they released their “So This Is Life” Demo and and 2009 released a second EP, available for free at www.myspace.com/masadahc

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