Tzadik

"After thirteen years and thirty-two CDs Zorn’s expansive Book of Angels project is now complete! This final installment presents the last ten unrecorded compositions from Masada Book Two and the variety, drama and lyricism is just as strong as the very first volume. Mary Halvorson, a long time Masada fan and one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation leads a dynamic quartet featuring Miles Okazaki, Drew Gress and Tomas Fujiwara. The music is intense, wild and incredibly varied—a beautiful...

"Mary Halvorson is one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation—a virtuoso improviser, distinctive composer, arranger and a deep student of the jazz guitar. Here she joins forces with living legend Bill Frisell to pay tribute to Johnny Smith, a guitarist who has been a huge influence on them both. Performing nine ballads associated with Smith and his classic composition “Walk Don’t Run”, this is an essential CD of soulful guitar duets by two of the most beloved and original guitarists in modern..

"One of our greatest songwriters, Jesse Harris, is a Grammy Award winning composer whose songs have been recorded by Norah Jones, Smokey Robinson, Solomon Burke, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and many others. Here he returns to his roots with a...

"A core member of Secret Chiefs 3 and the leader of the exciting West Coast ensemble Estradasphere, Timba Harris is a composer and multi instrumentalist of great passion and skill. His first Tzadik CD is a remarkable extended composition about the...

One of the (admittedly many) great bands to emerge from the Knitting Factory scene in the mid to late 80s. A distinctive, weird fusion of jazz, avant-garde, fusion, and Jewish musics. "A 5 CD set at a bargain price, this is the complete studio...

Sachi Hayasaka is one of Japans most creative composer/performers, a bandleader, arranger and soloist of great passion and originality. Her beautiful sound and adven- turous projects have made her, along with Kazutoki Umezu, one of the busiest and mo...

Monster drummer Gerry's music ''is a magical blend of compositional structure & improvisationalexcitement, drawing upon his deep knowledge of [musical] traditions. Featuring complex string writing &wild percussive fireworks...'' [Tzadik]

Mike Patton, Ikue Mori and John Zorn are Hemophiliac, and together they are responsible for some of the wildest improvisational music ever. Performing for Zorn's 50th birthday month and playing to a packed house of screaming enthusiasts and obnoxious g...

An original member of the legendary Black Artists Group (St. Louis' counterpart to the AACM), and founder of the World Sax Quartet, Julius Hemphill was one of the most important composer/performers in creative music. His work is marked by a sharp, edgy...

““The Wake World” is a hallucinatory choral fantasy by Los Angeles-based composer David Hertzberg. Scored for five instruments and nine singers, it premiered in 2017 at the Barnes Foundation under the aegis of Opera Philadelphia. The music is evocative and dramatic, with lyrical arias and powerful instrumental colors.
Based on a mystical fairy tale written by Aleister Crowley whilst under the influence of the Golden Dawn, the story describes an ecstatic journey of initiation through Hermetic runes...

"A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. Bret Higgins is no stranger to Tzadik, performing on the 2014 release Zebrina and performing with....

"Anna Wayland is a talented and dynamic young songwriter whose influences range from blues, jazz, rock, world music and more. Her debut recording is a dark and heavy gothic masterpiece that takes us from death to love and back again. Produced by Mat...

Makigami Koichi is one of Japan's most popular underground performers and this follows the journeys of his remarkable rock/pop band Hikashu through over twenty-five years of musical mayhem. From techno (before the Yellow Magic Orchestra) to noise/samp...

"Moving to New York in 1978, filmmaker Henry Hills formed a strong alliance with the Downtown improvisers and the “Language” poets, guiding his film work toward a rhythmic, multilayered world filled with unpredictable changes and a striking...

Shelley is one of the best known downtown NYC vocal improvisers. This is a musical suite about growing up in Brooklyn in the 50's & 60's. [Tzadik]

"The charismatic raconteur Shelley Hirsch returns with a fabulous new ensemble led by the talented Swiss composer Simon Ho to present her greatest extended work to date. Combining new compositions with reconstructed fragments from previous work, this...

Vocal acrobat, improviser, raconteur, chanteuse and so much more, Brooklyn born Shelley Hirsch has been a central figure in the downtown scene since the mid 70s, collaborating with just about every important figure in new music. This special collection...

''A founding member of the legendary band After Dinner, Haco is one of the most versatile vocalists in the Japanese indies scene. Her newest project, Hoahio, finds her collaborating with two of the most exciting young musicians in Tokyo: koto virtuoso ...

Hoahio's second CD is even more quirky and varied than the first. Joining koto virtuoso Yagi Michiyo and Kansai vocalist Haco (After Dinner) this time is Era Mari, a remarkable young percussionist from Kyoto. Her brilliant vibes and marimba playing giv...

"Robin Holcomb is a rare talent, with a foot in the pop world of singer/songwriter through several acclaimed releases on major labels, and roots in the downtown avant-garde that reach back to the first generation of Studio Henry mavericks. For her firs...

Eleven moody, funky, jazzy compositions from Yuka Honda, a founding member of the popular band Cibo Matto and a vital member of the Downtown scene since moving to NY from Tokyo in 1987. Her second CD for the Oracles Series is her best yet, featuring he...

"The versatile composer/performer who has worked with Cibo Matto, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Mike Watt and many others, creates a third CD for the Tzadik Oracles series highlighting her fascinating new instrumental approach. Mixing funky beats, hip samples...

A beautiful CD of quirky instrumentals from the hip mind of Yuka Honda, co-founder of the pop band Cibo Matto. Combining a wry sense of humor with wit, elegance and impeccable taste, Yuka's charming instrumental miniatures cross all musical borders hyp...

Mastermind of Zony Mash, The President and veteran of countless projects with Bobby Previte and Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz has been making music since the mid-1970s. Delightfully varied and endlessly listenable, this compilation of soundtracks for tel...

Wayne Horvitz: Electronic Processing
Eyvind Kang: Viola

Koehne Quartet
Petra Ackerman: Viola
Melissa Coleman: Cello
Anne Harvey-Nagl: Violin
Joanna Lewis: Violin

"A new CD of classical compositions by the mastermind of Zony Mash, The President, Pigpen, the NY Composers Orchestra and countless other bands. Blending a profound knowledge of jazz and popular musics with a soaring lyricism and arranging/production skills that have graced CDs by Bill Frisell, Eddie..

Composer and modern day shaman Jerry Hunt combined live electronics with esoteric spirituality in creating his own very unique ritualistic performances. This CD presents four rare compositions written expressly for James Fulkerson and the Barton Worksh...

''One of the great pioneers of live electronic music performance. Very much a modern-day shaman, he designed most of his own equipment and used it in unique ways to create backdrops forhis magical performances...'' This has some of his very last record...

"Lee Hyla is a composer of rare power and versatility whose work combines the complexity of atonal classical concert music with the energy of experimental jazz, rock and improvised music. Truly part of the American tradition, his work is imaginative...

''One of America's most important composers of concert music. Concentrating on his dynamic music for piano, this presents a fascinating sextet for hammered dulcimer, clarinet, piano and strings, and three solo piano compositions performed by Stephen Dr...

"A crazy collaborative jazz-rock unit out of the new generation of Downtown improvisers, Hypercolor is a bizarre trio that blends Beef- heart, Sonny Sharrock and ’80s punk with contemporary classical orchestral textures, spastic world music rhythms...

“Ikue Mori, Phew and YoshimiO are three legends of the Japanese Avant Garde music scene: Ikue was an original member of DNA and is a vital member of the NYC Downtown Scene, Phew founded Aunt Sally in 1978 and has performed in countless folk/rock solo projects and collaborations and YoshimiO is a core member of the Boredoms, Saicobab and OOIOO. Here they come together for their first ever trio project. Recorded at U.F.O. CLUB in Tokyo, the music was edited and mixed during the shelter-in-place months of...

Susie is a fantastic drummer who first came to prominence with the David Ware Quartet (that's where I saw her play). "Born in California, raised in Texas and a New York resident since 1989, Susie Ibarra has become one of the most distinctive drummers i...

Susie is one of the most indemand & fantastic drummers of the downtown scene. This features her in a variety of contexts, both solo and with an all-star group including Leo Smith, Chris Speed, Cooper Moore, John Lindberg, etc. ''Of Filipino descent, he...

Two exciting new pieces from composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, whose dynamic drumming has driven the bands of William Parker, David S. Ware, Pauline Oliveros, Derek Bailey and Mephista. Written for her trio, featuring pianist Craig Taborn and violin...

''Kyushu native Tetsu Inoue's recent works connect the vivid soundenvironments of classical ambient with the stark, conspicuous timbral explorations of academic computer music. Tetsu's second release for Tzadik delves deeper into the methods of sonic m...

''Perhaps the most interesting electronic music since the classic period of Stockhausen and Xenakis. Tetsu Inoue is a composer and sound artist who has worked in a variety of musics -- ambient, sound installation, dance music, techno and is a frequent ...

Koby Israelit is a young Israeli musician living in London who enjoys smashing genres together and grinding them into dust. Koby has absorbed an astounding array of musics, and blends them together here in dynamic and colorful musical world all his own...

"The fourth Tzadik release by this ever-creative Israeli musician features more powerful originals of mixup and mayhem. A student of jazz, classical, punk, heavy metal, gypsy, Balkan, reggae and more, Koby effortlessly blends it all into a unique and...

Another exhilarating CD of stop on a dime genre-smashing courtesy of Koby Israelite, who jumps from Death Metal and Jazz to Klezmer, Balkan and Gypsy music like a chameleon on acid. This is music of great imagination, filled with humor, virtuosic techn...

"Born in Tel Aviv, multi-instrumentalist Koby Israelite has been playing music since the age of nine. Conservatorytrained on piano and keyboards, he was drawn to punk and heavy metal as a teenager, switched to drums and then got turned on to Jazz, Worl...

This is the first release of the original 1961 recordings written for a a NYC production of Alfred Jarry's work. Ito's works, only recently being redisovered, are ALWAYS a very personal mixure ofpost-modernism/cross-culturalism. A large range of instru...

"Focusing on his remarkable relationship with the legendary cinematic poet Maya Deren, Tzadik’s third Teiji Ito release highlights his versatile and evocative music for films. Included are two major Deren scores and recently discovered music for a rare...

"The fifth CD in Tzadik’s initiative to make available the music of Teiji Ito presents his undisputed masterpiece Watermill. Created in 1971 for the controversial ballet by Jerome Robbins and named for the town on Long Island where Robbins had a...

"A long awaited CD featuring a major new composition by one of America’s greatest and most elusive composers from the early days of postmodernism and postminimalism. A pioneering voice in the new relationship being forged between the classical...

I saw Scott Johnson do this piece at New Music America in DC in 1984 (?) and it was a pretty excellent work of its time, and I remember being amazed when it was released on Nonesuch a little later. "Scott Johnson is one of new music's great originals, ...

"Another masterwork by one of America’s true mavericks—Scott Johnson, a composer/performer who works slowly and meticulously crafts every detail. A new work from him is truly a cause for celebration and this sprawling, extended 74-minute eight movement suite marks the culmination of his pioneering work transcribing speech into musical melodies. Here recordings of philosopher Daniel C. Dennett are set in lush and colorful musical landscapes that brilliantly mix pop sensibilities with classical rigor....

''Phillip Johnston has been charming and perplexing audiences for over 20 years with his lyrical music and ascetic wit. The mastermind behind such bands as the Microscopic Septet and the Transparent Quartet, Phillip has spent much of the past five year...

''Songs about a dog...This bizarre home-recorded gem offers a very private glimpse into the world of a mysterious woman from Japan known simply as Jon. Her strange childlike vocals and pump organ charm and enthrall on their own terms; Jon's fresh appro...

The legendary Joseph Holbrooke trio is thought to be one of the first English free-jazz bands, forming in the early/mid 60s, and basically leaving no recorded traces before the three musicians involved all went on to well known careers. "Tzadik is prou...

State of the art solo, no overdubs, guitar solos for a wide number of different electric and acoustic guitars, all of which have their own voice and Henry allows that voice to speak clearly on each track. And a wonderful homage by Henry to John Fahey's...