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Richard is a master of the simple-yet-beautiful African thumb piano (the mbira). This is a series of pieces for one or two mbira's plus percussion by Cyro Baptista. Really nice. "Hypnotic and beautiful music for mbira from an American maverick in the T...

An unique take on minimalism/modern composition; this is a winner!

"Another remarkable recording by the quirky Oregon composer/performer Richard Crandell, whose first delightful CD for Tzadik Mbira Magic hit several Best Ten lists for 2004....

"Noah Creshevsky composes some of the most meticulously constructed electronic music around. For his third Tzadik CD he has created a sonic history of his life work, inspired by the idea of a retrospective. "The Four Seasons" presents a new large...

"Active in electronic composition since 1971, Creshevsky delights in presenting extreme and unpredictable juxtapositions in which the integration of electronic and acoustic sources and processes creates virtual "superperformers" by using the sounds of...

"A former student of Boulanger and Berio, Noah Creshevsky has been creating expressive and exhilarating electroacoustic compositions since 1971. Using an extended, all-inclusive sound palette, Creshevsky deconstructs familiar bits of words, songs and...

"The dynamic rhythm section that worked behind Anthony Braxton as part of his legendary mid-'80s through mid-'90s quartet steps out on its own to perform a program of Braxton compositions. Having worked with Braxton for well over two decades, Crispell...

Alivin Curran (piano), Roy Malan (violin), DonalHaas (accordion), Peter Wahrhaftig (tuba), William Winant (percussion). [Tzadik]

A pioneer of live electronic music and one of America's most adventurous composers, Alvin Curran has been walking his own eclectic path since the late 1960's. The range and scope of his work is enormous, and unprecedented. Few composers have as many in...

"Active since the mid-’60s, Alvin Curran is one of America’s most courageous and outrageous musical mavericks. A true forefather to the Downtown scene, his music embraces the dialectics of composition/improvisation, tonality/atonality, minimalism...

''Performed by virtuosic madman William Winant, Theme Park is a major new work by Alvin Curran and one of the most dynamic solo percussion compositions of the decade. Coupled with a kaleidoscope tribute to jazz giant Charlie Parker, this newest CD by o...

"Jeremiah Cymerman's second CD for Tzadik presents four new cut-up pieces using "recycled" source materials. Collapsed Eustachian for two trumpets and processing draws from two separate solo concerts of Nate Wooley and Peter Evans. I Woke Up Early the...

A rare CD by Lesli Dalaba, one of the most elusive improvisers in the downtown scene, whose soulful trumpet has graced the bands of Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, Eugene Chadbourne and Fred Frith. Here she is joined by a trio of women superstars, Carla K...

"Raw, wild and untainted, this is a new world envisioned, produced and realized by the mystical figure On Ka'a Davis. Drawing inspiration from the outer realms of blackness, On Ka'a channels Sun Ra, P-Funk, Hendrix, Fela Kuti and more into the squat...

An exciting live set of new material from one of the most consistent and creative bands in the Jewish Music scene. Combining a deep knowledge and respect for tradition with a creative imagination, the music of Davka continues to delight music fans the ...

''Davka is an acoustic group at the forefront of the new Jewish Renaissance. Based in San Franciscol these three masterful musicians have been performing modern Jewish music since 1992. Their third release features their flowing melodic compositions an...

''A brilliant mix of world music, jazz & klezmer, Davka is one of the most beautiful & virtuosic bands in the New Klezmer Renaissance. Romantic violin melodies, moody cello vamps & crisp percussion; a classic...'' [Tzadik]

Always at the forefront of the New Jewish Renaissance, the San Francisco based ensemble Davka here performs Daniel Hoffman's brilliant and dramatic score to the silent film masterpiece The Golem. Condensed and sequenced into a satisfying suite for this...

"Composer Mario Diaz de León is a talented young composer who has studied with Maryanne Amacher and George Lewis. His work focuses on acoustic/electronic hybrids that often fuse the two elements into unified meta-instruments. Often structured as walls...

"This best selling trio from Tzadik’s New Japan Series returns with special guest percussionist Jim Pugliese for a spiritual exploration of sound and color. Beautifully orchestrated ambient music blending the acoustic world of violin, mandolin, ukulele...

This teams three of the world's most exciting improvisers in fascinating albums that blurs styles & smashes genres.'' [Tzadik]

''Death Ambient's (Ikue Mori, Kato Hideki, Fred Frith) eponymous debut CD was released in 1995 to great critical acclaim and continues to be one of Tzadik's best sellers. Synaesthesia is the long awaited follow --up and it finds them exploring new terr...

''For over 20 years, Ikue Mori & Tenko have been on the forefront of new music, both here & in Japan. A tribute to some of the world's greatest writers of suspense stories, Mystery brings these two masters of musical suspense together with many special...

''Mark De Gli Antoni, the talented sampler magician for the pop group Soul Coughing studied composition at the Manhattan Schold of Music and released his first recording in 1995 on the Avant label as part of the experimental composer collective Rough A...

"Jacques Demierre is a Swiss composer, improviser, pianist and installation artist who has written music for orchestra, soloists, choirs, balloons, dancers, chamber ensembles, museum installations and more. Blending Swiss traditions and sensibilities...

"Born in the UK, and now a resident of Melbourne, composer Chris Dench is a member of the new complexity movement along with Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon and Richard Barrett. His music, rich with challenges and detail, is sorely under-recorded and...

Composer, theoretician, inventor and instrument builder Frank Denyer is a legendary figure in the Harry Partch/Scelsi tradition. His music is utterly unique and intensely personal, often requiring specialized new instruments of his own design and radic...

"Dan Blacksberg is the mastermind behind Electric Simcha, and his newest project is an ecstatic trip thru the world of Hasidic nigunim as seen through the intense lens of Doom Metal. Inspired by bands such as Earth, and Sunn O))), the music on this...

''Unusual and quirky sampling collages from the Italian neo-primitive composer Giustino Di Gregorio. Combining modern technology with concepts inspired by John Oswald's plunderphonics...these charming and intriguing pieces chop, mix and blend known and...

Robert Dick: Contrabass Flute
"A true revolutionary, composer/performer/improviser Robert Dick has literally redefined the flute for our age. He has worked with a wide range of musicians from classical, jazz and improvised music backgrounds including Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, George Lewis and many others. Here he focuses in on the elusive contrabass flute, and uses a wide range of extended techniques including multiphonics, percussive effects, circular breathing and more! A unique and heartfelt CD of..

"In late ’70s and early ’80s Zorn presented yearly retrospectives of his game pieces at various Downtown venues. He called these events his Olympiads. This long awaited CD presents three of his classic pre-Cobra game pieces in multiple versions by...

One of the founders of the Brazilian instrumental style choro, Jacob do Bandolim began his long musical career by plucking his violin with a hairpin, and very soon developed into the greatest mandolin virtuoso Brazil has ever known. His compositions vi...

''Powerful and hypnotic, Dusid3 has created a unique mix, combining club music with heavy rock riffs, dub studio techniques, noise and sexy vocals. Based in New York City, these three young musicians take the classic format of guitar, bass and drums to...

''One of the world's greatest virtuoso bass players, this CD features two of Mark's most important recent works. 'Banquet' is a double concerto for flute, bass and string quartet, featuring the Swiss flute vituoso Matthias Ziegler and Mr. Dresser himse...

''From the lyricism of 'Air to Mir', commissioned by the Library of Congress, the textures of 'Spin X' for two basses and two percussionists, to the virtuosity of his own solo bass music and more, Marinade displays the full range of Mark Dresser's comp...

"This is the long awaited release of one of Dreyblatt's most personal and major extended works. Created in 1991, it combined documentary photographs, films, texts and sound materials selected from archives and private collections with original music....

A beautiful collection of modern compositions by the brilliant young mastermind of Maudlin of the Well/Kayo Dot, a cutting edge band combining a classical ear for structure and orchestration with the power and immediacy of heavy and black metal. Featur...

"One of the busiest and most accomplished bass players in New York, a talented composer and band leader, Trevor Dunn has been the lynchpin of several astounding groups including Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Moonchild, Asmodeus, Electric Masada, Junk Genius...

"An exciting new world of instrumental rock featuring three generations of Downtown superstars—Marc Ribot (Ceramic Dog, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Melvins, Fantômas) and Tyshawn Sorey (Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Vijay...

"Jason Eckardt began as a heavy metal guitarist and turned to contemporary music after hearing Webern. His music is highly complex andr etains the energy and intensity of his heavy metal roots. Challenging and highly virtuosic, his compositional...

"Marty Ehrlich is one of jazz's most acclaimed contemporary multi-instrumentalists. Hankus Netsky is a renown Jewish klezmer and scholar, and founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Friends for decades, these two master musicians join forces for the...

''One of the most respected and versatile reed players in New Music, Marty has been an integral member in the units of Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton and Bobby Bradford, among others. Exploring the roots of his Jewish heritage, Marty tak...

Jewlia Eisenbergs radical setting of texts by Walter Benjamin, Asja Lacis and Gershom Sholem point to a whole new style of acappela vocal music. Drawing upon traditions from doo-wop to Meredith Monk, Eskimo throat singing, to Hebrew cantilation and mor...

“Improviser, composer and songwriter Wendy Eisenberg is a graduate of New England Conservatory and a founding member of the acclaimed band Birthing Hips. For her first Tzadik CD she is joined by the dynamic rhythm section of Trevor Dunn on bass and Ches Smith on drums and performs some of the nastiest guitar you’ve ever heard. The improvisations are powerful and intense and all styles and sounds are thrown into a cathartic blender as the trio channel an exciting new musical world. An outrageous project....

What a band: John Zorn-alto sax, Marc Ribot-guitar, Jamie Saft-keyboards, Ikue Mori-laptop electronics, Trevor Dunn-bass, Joey Baron and Kenny Wollesen-drums and Cyro Baptista-percussion. "The long awaited first release of Zorn's most recent and most p...

Fima Ephron, the dynamic bassist for the psycho-semitic-avant-klez-band Hasidic New Wave steps out on his own for yet another new approach bringing Jewish music into the 21st Century. Soul Machine blends Jewish scales and sensibilities with jazz/rock f...

Eye and Zorn first met in Tokyo back in 1986. They have travelled together, toured, performed, laughed, cried, recorded and collectively been responsible for some of the strangest music ever conceived. In 1995, nine years after their first meeting, the...

"Wu Fei has composed music for solo instruments, string quartets, choirs, orchestras, modern and traditional dance, film and chamber ensembles. Performing on guzheng since the age of six, she studied composition at the China Conservatory and with Fred...

Violinist Feldman has made over 50 lps as a side man with Lee Konitz, John Zorn, Ray Anderson, AnthonyDavis & many more. He is a member of New And Used & Arcado. This synthesises new music &improvisation. [Tzadik]

A spectacular presentation of eleven new compositions from Zorns Book of Angels by two passionate virtuosos whose work together is never less than perfection itself. Contextualizing the music into a classical recital for violin and piano, this is the c...

"Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier are two of the most spectacular composerperformers working today. Virtuosos on their respective instruments and sensitive, telepathic improvisers, their quest for perfection results in breathtaking new music that...