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...

The definitive recording of one of Morton Feldman's most important and challenging pieces, played at the composer's marked tempos, and taking all the notated repeats. Fitting neatly onto one CD, this is Feldman at his most extreme. A dramatic display o...

It's a pretty great thing to see this French musique concrete composer get his first US release at the age of 69! This includes two lengthy works; Cellule 75 ''an explosive, dynamic work for piano, percussion & tape'' & the excellent tape piece Place D...

"The pioneer of Latin-Jewish fusion Irving Fields turns 92 this year and he is playing better than ever. Reworking Jewish classics into the Latin mold with the aid of Tzadik regulars Greg Cohen and Roberto Rodriguez, Irving has created a beautiful...

Anton Fier is well-known in rock circles as the drummer for the Feelies, the original Lounge Lizards and mastermind of the Golden Palominos, but these two CDs, both long out-of-print may well be his best work [Dreamspeed is the only withdrawn release o...

"Jeremy Fogel and his mad band of wandering Israelis hits their stride with this passionate reading of Rabbi Jesus’ sacred message to the world and how it has been diluted and distorted by greed, power and ambition. Beginning with prophecies of wrath...

"Since the late 1960's Richard Foreman has been writing, designing and directing one of the most important and innovative theater experiences in the world. Documenting dozens of productions, and replete with commentary and interviews, this first release..

"Ryan Anthony Francis is a remarkable young composer who was born in Portland, Oregon, studied at Julliard and now resides in New York City. His work is brilliant and dynamic, combining the imagination of Ligeti with the minimal language of Steve Reich...

''Arriving in New York City in early 1977, Reck was a vital member of the New York No Wave punk scene, playing bass with James Chance and the Contortions and Lydia Lunch. Returning to Tokyo in 1978 he founded Friction, one of the most important and lon...

One of the most important cellists in New Music and a dynamic bandleader and composer in his own right. His latest project finds him surrounded by ten violins and rhythm section. Moments of lush romanticism, fiery brilliance and hypnotic moods, Grains...

Active for over a decade, NY cellist Erik Friedlander is finally receiving his due recognition, not just as a musician, but as a composer of note. These works display his unique take onRadical Jewish Culture -- sweeping melodic lines (reminiscent of ca...

"Volume 8 in the continuing Book of Angels series is an intimate and breathtaking recital by one of the world’s most accomplished cellists. A vital member of the Masada family from the very beginning, Erik Friedlander has hypnotized audiences both here...

"Guitar hero Bill Frisell reveals his experimental side in his first release on Tzadik! A composer/performer of unparalleled gifts, Bill is one of the most influential and respected guitarists in the world today. Using his Nash Telecaster and a small...

''Fred Frith is one of the world's greatest originals on the guitar, a composer/ performer who has been at the forefront of avant garde music since the early '70s. Clearing is his first solo guitar recording in over twenty years (since his classic dou...

''Famous as an improviser and a rock guitarist (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Residents, Massacre, Skeleton Crew), Fred Frith is still highly under-rated as a composer. Since relocating to Germany in the early 90s, Frith has composed soundtracks for a number o...

"Fred Frith continues to be one of the most important composer/performers of his generation—a groundbreaking, genre busting musical master whose work ranges from improvisation to rock, classical, folk and more. The third volume of his film soundtrack..

With a career spanning over three decades, Fred Frith continues his fruitful relationship on Tzadik with this, his fifth release in as many years. Always breaking new ground, Eye to Ear II, the second volume dedicated to his work for films, is an adven...

''A major new composition by the world-famous guitarist, improvisor and composer. Over an hour in length and composed for a large ensemble of winds, strings and percussion, Pacifica sets the poetry of Pablo Neruda into a seductive and hypnotizing sound...

Working together since 1978, the partnership of Zorn and Frith is one of the most enduring musical partnerships in the downtown scene. Their periodic duo concerts have always been special events in themselves, but when it happens in celebration of Zorn...

Active since 1978, the dynamic Rova Saxophone quartet has collaborated with and commissioned from some of the world's greatest composers. Here they give a dynamic reading of Fred Frith's major composition Freedom in Fragments, which was written express...

"Avant-garde rock meets the Jewish tradition in Pitom, a shredding Jewish instrumental band led by Yoshie Fruchter. Born in D.C. and now living in Brooklyn, Yoshie combines influences from Frank Zappa, Sonic Youth and Masada into a rocking band...

''Generating melodic material through the micro-changes of surface-electric potential on leaves, Mamoru Fujieda's 2nd Tzadik release was composed completely based on data taken from plants. Combining alternate tuning systems (just intonation, Pythagore...

"In his third CD for Tzadik, Mamoru Fujieda continues his fascinating exploration of the creativity of, by and about plant life with five more pieces from his continuing series Patterns of Plants. Utilizing the violin in combination with two Japanese...

This works computer controlled synthesizer tuned in justintonation in with Buddist chant, traditional Japanese instruments, Indonesian gamelan modes and texts. [Tzadik]

''Jazz, contemporary classical and traditional Japanese folk music blend seamlessly in Satoko Fujii's powerful and unique musical universe. Presented here are three intimate groupings: in duo with her long time associate Sachi Hayasaka, in trio with th...

"The music of composer, violinist, and conductor David Fulmer is some of the most rigorous, demanding and imaginative work around. Greatly acclaimed in the classical world, Dave studied with Milton Babbitt, was a recipient of the Charles Ives Award...

Love Songs documents the long musical and personal association, dating back to 1971, between composer Peter Garland and the incredible percussion virtuoso William Winant. Produced by Winant, this CD features two pieces written expressly for him, and a ...

''One of America's true maverick composers...Peter Garland is one of the unsung pioneers of minimalism. These evocative early piano pieces create hypnotic moods of inner beauty...this is an incredibly gorgeous CD of rediscovered masterpieces from the e...

Since 1973 Jon Gibson has been making startlingly beautiful solo music for saxophone and flute that owes nothing to the jazz tradition. One of the original musicians for the first generation minimalists, Jon is the only player to have been a member of ...

''Gisburg is an extraordinary young vocalist and composer, with influences ranging from Schoenberg to Jazz to Fluxus. She has worked with Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, John Zorn and others in New York City. She creates a unique compositional style that ...

''Gisburg is an extraordinary young vocalist and composer, withinfluences ranging from Schoenberg to jazz to Fluxus. She has performed in an ensemble of Dieter Schnebel and in the vocal duo Alli Gaa in Berlin, and worked with Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribo...

''This recording couples two masterful compositions ontoone disc. Her heartfelt opera for solo voice about the ups and downs of doomed and obsessive love is one of her most personal and striking compositional statements to date, a powerful combination ...

“One of Zorn’s most beloved and unique 21st century ensembles, the Gnostic Trio features the distinctive guitar of Bill Frisell, the vibraphone of Kenny Wollesen and the ethereal harp stylings of Carol Emanuel. The sounds are soulful and heavenly and for this, their seventh cd together, they perform nine tunes from the “Book Beri’ah”, the last book of music completing the Masada legacy. Frisell’s magical sonorities dance around harp and vibraphone creating a heavenly improvisational counterpoint. Truly...

"A mind blowing and fiery new quartet featuring Ben Goldberg, one the true pioneers of Radical Jewish Culture whose groundbreaking group New Klezmer Trio proved an important influence on the Masada legacy. Turning his hand to Masada music in this...

"One of the most important and talented clarinetists in the world today and a distinctive composer, Ben Goldberg returns to his roots with this first new CD from his legendary band New Klezmer Trio in almost ten years. Joined here by two of New York's...

''Featuring two of the most creative and original composer-performers on the West Coast: Ben Goldberg (New Klezmer Trio) and John Schott (T.J. Kirk) and the versatile Brooklyn based drummer Mike Sarin (Dave Douglas, Myra Melford) these are improvisatio...

''Daniel Goode (1936), composer & clarinetist, was born in NY, studied music with Henry Cowell, Otto Luening, Pauline Oliveros...Tunnel - Funnel, composed in 1985 is one of his most ambitious and exhilarating works.'' [Tzadik]

"Annie is a composer of great imagination whose work brings together noise, traditional notation, and improvisation with wit and a charming sense of humor. For her fourth Tzadik CD she has put together another remarkable program of pieces inspired by...

''Influenced by Harry Partch, Sun Ra, &...old nickelodeons & player pianos, Gosfield presents us with a new view of microtonal music...sophisticated compositions incorporating tuned & detuned instruments...'' Excellent! [Tzadik]

''Annie Gosfields second amazing CD for Tzadik takes acoustic and electric music into dynamic new realms. Factory soundsimprovisationlush sonoritiesjunk percussiontwangy guitarsclassic minimalismdelicate harmonicsodd dronesrocksirensstring quartetsdriv...

Another fun trip into the imaginative world of Annie Gosfield. Her third CD for Tzadik is a nod toward tradition as she draws contemporary classical music into her own mysterious orbit. Four crazy pieces incorporating satellite sounds, static, machine ...

A member of the popular reggae band John Brown's Body, David Gould has been fascinated with the spiritual connections between Roots Reggae and Judaism for years. Adonai in Dub is his fascinating response. Traditional Hebrew prayers beautifully performe...

"The Reggae master from Adonai in Dub returns to Tzadik with another fascinating program of Jewish music—Reggae style. Feast of the Passover is a collection of songs commonly sung during the Passover seder. Beautifully recorded in Boston, Ithaca, and...

Another one of the most talked about sets of the month was this historic meeting between two of music's most powerful and controversial iconoclasts. Playing together yearly since 1999 for very special occasions, their musical connection and spiritual b...

''Led by turntable wizard/guitarist/composer Otomo Yoshide, the fast & furious Ground Zero combine creative juxtapositions & oddball sampling with the raw power of a live six-piece band. It's a unbelievably wild ride.'' [Tzadik]

"A brilliant band of lunatics out of Boston, Guerilla Toss is a five-piece ensemble that mixes noise, improvisation, complex composition and song forms with a punk rock aesthetic that verges on madness. Known for their intense live shows, they have...

"Since his debut CD on Tzadik in 2010 Uri has been receiving consistent accolades as a major new voice in Jazz. He remains incredibly active, performing with some of the best new players in Jazz (Francisco Mela, Chris Potter, Esperanza Spalding) as...

Really nice quartet/quintet release, who use Jewish melodies pretty strongly and often and as a jumping off point for the compositions and improvisations, but this is not Klezmer at all. Interesting to hear them using these melodic ideas, while still...

"A new recording by a legendary duo! Following up on their acclaimed CD New Rap, two of the Tokyo Underground ’s most extreme artists get together again for another twisted exploration of the outer limits of sound. Performing on voice, guitars, drums...