Tzadik

Melt Banana is one of Japan's most powerful and popular punk bands and at the center of it is the stinging guitar of Agata. Here he steps out on a rare solo outing created especially for Tzadik. Showing an amazing range of interests, a prodigious techn...

Ahleuchatistas are one of the greatest live bands working today. The insane and intense interplay between the 3 musicians on the stripped down line up of guitar/bass/drums is very unique and almost hard to believe unless you've actually seen them do it...

The below was obviously written by me a long time ago, when this album was first released and before our association with the group and also before the original, small label edition went out of print and Tzadik picked it up for reissue (in the "Full Force Composer Series" - yes, sir!) which includes bonus material. If you don't already own it, you've got no excuse now! But it does convey some of the amazement, excitement and stylistic confusion that this band gave to me upon stumbling across them with...

A native of the underground Seattle scene who moved to New York in 1993, Aaron Alexander has performed with many of the greatest groups in the new Jewish Renaissance, from the Klezmatics to Hasidic New Wave, Klezmer Madness, Klezmerfest, Babkas, Klez-J...

''One of electronic music's truly legendary mavericks. Working mostly in large spaces & installations for the past 20 years, this diverse collection of electronic soundscapes & ''ear dances'' was chosen by the composer...spectacular acoustical effects ...

"One of contemporary music’s greatest and most elusive mavericks returns to Tzadik with yet another CD of ear bending electronic sounds. A student of Stockhausen and close collaborator of John Cage and David Behrman, Amacher has been creating acoustic...

''One of the most extreme, passionate and fascinating recordings we've yet released. Formerly orthodox Hasidic students of Talmud and Tanya, thee two members of the Australian punk unit Phlegm have brought together influences from Boredoms and the Japa...

A former student of Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum straddles the two worlds of modern classical complexity and improvisational insanity. As one would expect, this first CD devoted to his work is an eclectic compendium of homemade electro-percussion,...

This is a tribute to the prolific Israeli composer Sasha Argov and it features both the usual Tzadik suspects, as well as some surprises. The contributors include Danny Zamir, Cyro Baptista, Charming Hostess, Pharoah's Daughter, Tin Hat Trio, Roberto ...

"Featuring four young musicians of diverse artistic backgrounds, the Artichaut Orkestra is a fabulous new ensemble out of Toulouse, France. Led by a colleague of the great modern klezmer David Krakauer, they brilliantly mix jazz, klezmer and classical...

"A wild klezmer/rock fusion by this crazed band of Paris-born punk rockers. Led by the extraordinary young guitarist David Konopnicki, Autoryno hits with a hardedged sound and an exciting musical imagination. Full of youthful energy, massive guitar and ce

"A driving and rocking Jewish masterpiece from this out of control maniac based in Paris. A killer CD of New Jewish Rock with plenty of shredding, tight arrangements and a touch of Klezmer Madness, with special guests David Krakauer and Gary Lucas...

"After 12 years and 28 CDs, the “Book of Angels” project is drawing towards completion! For one of the last installments, Zorn turns to AutorYno, a wild power trio of three Paris punk rockers and one of the most powerful bands in the French rock scene. Their third CD for Tzadik presents tunes from the classic “Book of Angels” in a heavy rock context. Metal, Punk, Thrash, Dub and Surf come together in this trance-inducing sledge-hammer reading of some of the strongest and strangest pieces out of the...

Somehow I don't think Ayuo was thinking of Ameri"The creator of two of the most fascinating releases on the New Japan series (Izutsu and Red Moon) now turns his hand to one of the most curious of all Japanese musical forms, the Noh play. Mixing the....

''Ayuo (whose name translates as Fish-Light) is one of the most enigmatic figures in Japan, as unique a figure as Moondog, Sun Ra or Haino Keiji, with whom he occasionally collaborates. Ayuo's music is a delicate balance of world music traditions, new ...

Ayuo is one of Japans great originals, having walked his own unusual path for over twenty years. His second CD for Tzadik is a charming and hypnotic collaboration with one of Japans most beautiful vocalists, pop star Ohta Hiromi. Touching upon various ...

Tzadik is proud to present three world premiere recordings and a critically acclaimed classic by one of the worlds greatest living composers. For almost six decades Milton Babbitt has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary composition creating a u...

Yes, this is for real. Experimental guitar wizzard Derek Bailey performs a program of his favorite standards in his own inimitable and energetic style. Inspired and energized by a very special vintage acoustic arch-top guitar, this intriguing solo reco...

Quite literally one of the most original and influential guitarists on the planet, Derek Bailey has completely revolutionized the language of guitar music in the twentieth century. His work has been championed by almost every cutting edge guitarist: Pa...

Private recordings of incredible historical importance (practically the holy grail to fans of free improvisation), Pieces for Guitar presents the earliest known solo recordings of guitar innovator Derek Bailey. Dating from 1966 (possibly 1965) these pi...

Derek's terse, spidery guitarlines lines combine in an improvised session with the avant/artrock/metal/punk of Japan's Ruins. [Tzadik]

''Harmolodic noise funk for the 21st century. The godfather of improvisation in a free-wheeling trio with the legendary Philly rhythm section of Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston, friends for over 30 years and veterans of Ornette Coleman's Prime Tim...

"Tzadiks’s newest Spotlight series focuses on exemplary young bands with great dedication, passion, talent and imagination. This third release features the debut recording of Brooklyn-based Aram Bajakian’s newest unit Kef, named for the Armenian dance...

"Banquet of the Spirits is the tight touring band of Cyro Baptista, one of the world's most creative percussionists and one of Zorn's oldest friends and closest collaborators. The veteran of dozens of Zorn film scores, game pieces, bands, tours and...

Madman virtuoso Cyro Baptista has played with an incredible range of musicians, from Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Herbie Hancock to Medeski, Martin and Wood, Phish and Sting. A distinctive composer and vocalist in his own right, Be...

"A veteran of groups led by Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Phish, Sting and many more, Cyro Baptista continues to bring life, love and madness to every ensemble he works with. His own bands Banquet of the Spirits and Beat the Donkey tour the world to great acclaim and his CDs continue to be Tzadik best-sellers. Cyro’s latest project is a pop-infused psychedelic trip featuring Cyro with a huge lineup of all-star musicians. Three years in the making, this is groovy lyrical...

"One of the greatest Brazilian percussionists working today, Cyro Baptista has worked closely with many of the world's most acclaimed musicians including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Nana Vasconcelos, Medeski Martin & Wood, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma...

One of the most charismatic and versatile percussionists around, Cyro Baptista has worked with everyone from Herbie Hancock, Sting and Paul Simon to Phish, Laurie Anderson and John Zorn. Following up on his brilliant first CD for Tzadik Beat the Donkey...

"Lucifer is the first studio recording in over ten years by the most popular and best selling Masada ensemble ever. Here they play better and tighter than ever, blending Sephardic and Ashkenazi sonorities with latin, surf, world music and more in an...

Personnel: John Zorn: Composer, Conductor, Cyro Baptista: Percussion , Joey Baron: Drums, Greg Cohen: Bass , Mark Feldman: Violin, Erik Friedlander: Cello, Marc Ribot: Guitar "Bar Kokhba brings together six core members of the Masada family in a dynami...

"Drawing upon ancient Roman Jewish melodies and incorporating Resistance poems by Pasolini and Alfonso Gatto, Dan Kaufman has put together a powerful and touching homage to the Italian Resistance during the period of Nazi occupation after the fall of...

"Utah-born composer Matthew Barnson has studied at Eastman, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale, and now resides in New York City. His work is expressive and dramatic, and touches on both the European and American traditions. This CD presents three...

''Improvisor, composer, arranger, producer, vocal stylist and bon vivant, Steve Beresford is one of Europe's most charming and versatile musical minds. These varied and and delightful cues originally composed for British film and television are perform...

More charming gems from the remarkable mind of world traveller/vocal stylist/composer/arranger/pianist Steve Beresford. A veteran of countless bands from the Slits to the Melody Four, Steve has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for...

"One of the most versatile and active proponents of creative music, Karl Berger is a living legend who has been expanding the Jazz language since the mid-’60s. A pianist, vibraphonist, composer, arranger, conductor and educator of astounding energy and...

"Composer, arranger, pianist, vibraphonist, conductor and educator, Karl Berger steps out on his own here for a brilliant solo piano recital. Structured as a series of variations and etudes, these moody and spiritually charged compositions showcase...

A solo piano recital by one of the most elusive mavericks in new music. Born in Brooklyn and a legend in the downtown music community since the late 60s, Borah Bergman is a master musician and an iconoclastic pianist who has worked with all the majo...

"With groups like Sex Mob, Millennial Territory Orchestra and Diaspora Soul, Steven Bernstein is energizing the downtown scene with a passionate and indefatigable creativity. His brilliance continues with Diaspora Suite, the fourth installment in his...

"A mainstay of the Radical Jewish series since their first release in 2000, Jaroslaw Bester is one of the most consistently creative and imaginative musicians in the New Jewish Renaissance. Here he approaches the classic compositions of Cracow-born...

A beautiful modern exploration of Sephardic melodies, creatively arranged by the masterminds of the popular rock group Elysian Fields.... [Tzadik]

Man, oh man, what a lineup! Peek down below and if you dig a swinging, free sound, be amazed! Four great players, all jazz or close enough to jazz but who often work stylistically apart, all brought together for this fine session. Warmly recommended...

"Per Bloland studied at Stanford with Brian Ferneyhough and Mark Applebaum, has worked at IRCAM and Oberlin, and currently teaches at Miami University. His innovative sound world brilliantly blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures...

''A passport to their unique worlds of sound. Danny Cohen and Mike Boner both hail from California, Horse Cock Kids are based in Munich, but they all share an intense passion for their own self-indulgent fantasies. Songs about sex, degeneracy, puberty,...

Kitty Brazelton has been a mover and shaker in the downtown scene for well over a decade; a singer, bandleader and composer of striking originality. Here she performs two extended suites of twisted, powerful chamber rock blending a ...

Working out of Berlin, Paul Brody is pushing the boundaries of Jewish music with his remarkable band Sadawi. His second CD for Tzadik features five uptempo originals and creative arrangements of Tzadik classics by Frank London, the New Klezmer Trio, Na...

"Paul Brody is a talented composer/performer based in Berlin. Touring Europe for several years to enthusiastic audiences, his band Sadawi has developed into a razor sharp ensemble, one of the very best to mix jazz with traditional Jewish music...

Paul Brody is a remarkable trumpet player, composer and arranger based in Berlin. For his first Tzadik release he has brought together some of the best Klezmer players from the U.S. and Germany to create a Jewish music supergroup. The music combines ex...

''Chris Brown, San Francisco based composer, pianist, and electronic instrument builder, studied composition with William Brooks, electronic music with Gordon Mumma and computer music with David Rosenboom. His music includes pieces for solo instruments...

Chris Brown is a San Francisco based composer who stands firmly in the tradition of West Coast innovators like Terry Riley and James Tenney. Rogue Wave, his first CD in almost a decade, is one of his best a startling retrospective spanning over twenty ...

"Jewish music composer and trumpeter David Buchbinder teams up with Cuban master pianist Hilario Durán and a crew of Canada’s top jazz and world musicians to present this follow-up to the first award-winning Odessa/Havana release. Working with JUNO...