Tzadik

Michael has been performing since 1982. Raised on the Canadian prairie, he was classically schooled in violin, piano, voice and guitar. Discouraged by the parched landscape of contemporary Western classical music, he gave up playing entirely for cross ...

The vocalist of Faith No More & Mr. Bungle, goes ''one step further with a debut solo of experimental sounds never imagined possible from just voice & microphone. Compositions such as ''Catheter'' & ''Orgy In Reverb'' live up to their titles.'' [Tzadik]

''Patton's extended composition 'Pranzo Oltranzista: Musica da Ravola per Cinque (Banque Piece for Five Players)' is inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 'Futurist Cookbook' (1932). Performed by an all-star ensemble, 'Pranzo...' magically transports...

"Following up on her acclaimed first CD for Tzadik, Songs of Synastry and Solitude (2009), Jessica Pavone has created a beautiful and evocative song cycle that meditates on themes of destruction and rebuilding, migration, falsities and undeniable...

"Brooklyn-based string instrumentalist/composer Jessica Pavone is known for her sparse, melodic music inspired by folk music, improvisation and minimalism. Modeled after the legendary Leonard Cohen album Songs of Love and Hate, these eleven marvelous...

A regular drummer with John Scofield, Dave Douglas, Steven Bernstein and many others, Ben Perowsky is a familiar name to jazz fans the world over. Joined here by keyboard sensation Uri Caine, one of the most acclaimed young pianists on the scene, Bens ...

I saw these guys in France at the 2009 Rock in Opposition festival and they were good and the bassist was the incredible Philippe Bussonnet (of Magma and One Shot fame) who was incredible as always, and he appears here as well!...

"For their second CD for Tzadik this fabulous trio of sax, guitar and drums presents a new group of compositions that are inspired by sea slugs, microbes, dogs, arachnids, sick friends, deep-sea creatures and more. A part of a new group of bands out...

"The second release in the new Tzadik Spotlight Series features another wild cutting edge group out of the youngest generation of the NY downtown scene. This freewheeling sax-guitar-drums trio performs startling stop and start compositions that mix...

Zeena Parkins-acoustic harp and objects, electric harp and electronics, small percussion, foley, harmonium, ondéa-ondes mrtenot, synth, accordion
Ikue Mori-electronics, small percussion, foley, processing

“Inspired by the short stories of Japanese author Izumi Suzuki, who was married to musician Kaoru Abe and tragically ended her life at the age of 36. Suzuki’s original stories broke open the science fiction genre and in many ways foretold the cyberpunk movement. Ikue and Zeena have created...

"Expanding their duo into a sextet with the addition of strings, piano and voice, Ikue and Zeena have created a compelling and varied soundscape inspired by fairy stories the world over. Combining plucked and bowed strings, sinuous vocals, driving...

"Members of bands as diverse as DNA, Skeleton Crew, Electric Masada, Hemophiliac and Björk, Zeena and Ikue have been leading figures of the downtown scene since the early 1980s. Their fabulous duo project Phantom Orchard is expanded here with five of...

An underground classic of the New Jewish Renaissance that has been out of print for years, is reissued here in a newly revised and remastered definitive edition. Featuring the lovely voice of Basya Schechter, and produced by legendary downtown maven An...

"Born and raised in NYC, Tobias Picker is one of the world’s most renowned and respected composers. He has written a wide variety of music ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, but is best known for his colorful operas. Picker’s work is always...

"Channeling Serge Gainsbourg through the lens of Hassidic porn and the loving erection of the soul, Pissuk Rachav is the bastard child of Holy Land poetic visions and Brahmachari Circus Music. Marimba, ney, theremin, drums and voice weave a remarkably...

Pitom are one of my favorite Tzadik bands, and that's really saying something when you have a catalog as strong as they do. I saw them open for Gutbucket at a tiny little club in VA a few years ago and I didn't even connect them...

Bobby is an amazingly talented composer & drummer, & has released a large string of delightful albums over the past 15 years or so. This is a dream project that he has been working on for the past 6 years, & includes musicians like Jane Ira Bloom & Ned...

''Breathtakingly beautiful Jewish music performed by an intimate ensemble of strings and accordion. Based in Belgium, Psamim has been presenting its original blend of of Klezmer classics and tuneful original compositions as a backdrop for renowned sing...

This long awaited release completes a trilogy of CDs documenting the young composer collective Rough Assemblage. Active in the early 1990s out of Mannes College of Music, this trio of like-minded musicians also included Norman Yamada (Being in Time, TZ...

Based in California, the Rabbinical School Dropouts is about as crazy as a group of kooks as one could wish for. Sun Ra, the Hampton Grease Band, Frank Zappa and the Klezmatics all rolled into one, the music of the Three Freidmann Brothers is fresh and...

Here is a young trio of musicians from the Kansai area on soprano sax, bass and piano who have created a remarkably original world of sound. Although one can hear occasional influences from Steve Lacy and the Jimmy Giuffre Three, this music is uniquely...

"Tzadik is proud to present the first domestic release by the astonishing Romanian singer Maria Raducanu. Possessing one of the most distinctive voices in the world, Maria mixes Romanian dirges with Fado, Rembetika, blues and improvisation in creating...

I had the chance to see this guitar/bass/drums trio earlier in 2006 and they were pretty good, but they weren't nearly as good as their albums, which combine aspects of what you would expect from Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series with an out,...

"Rashanim is one of the most exciting young bands exploring New Jewish Music. Combining the intensity of rock with the spontaneity of improvisation, deep Middle Eastern grooves, and mystical Jewish melodies, their first three CDs on Tzadik are some of...

"Three years in the making, Open Box is one of the most exciting and successful collaborations of poetry and music ever made. With meticulous attention to detail, Jon Raskin has set the genre-busting poetry of Carla Harryman to music ranging from rock...

“With a command of countless genres and a vast list of credits, composer/guitarist Jason Schimmel is a musical polymath whose talents know no bounds. A long time member of Trey Spruance’s legendary ensemble Secret Chiefs 3, his brilliant guitar work embraces a wide variety of traditions and styles, from blues, jazz and surf rock to Balkan folk and heavy metal. Visions of the Void is his masterpiece, an intense program of eclectic music that jumps quickly and seamlessly from one style to another. Years...

Following on the enormous success of her Radical Jewish masterpiece Trilectic, composer, singer, bandleader and hellraiser Jewlia Eisenberg has created a rocking collection of songs about women, men, relationships, more women and romance. Performed by ...

“The fabulous voice of Sofía Rei has graced several Zorn vocal projects, from the acappella quartet Mycale to the dynamic Song Project, and here she interprets eight compositions from the Book Beri’ah—the third and last book completing the Masada legacy. Featuring the remarkable JC Maillard on saz bass, the arrangements are incredibly varied, and range from lyrical heartfelt ballads to driving grooves. Intimate and intensely personal, this is one of the most unique Masada CDs in the entire series!...

New solo album by the fantastic accordionist of The Claudia Quintet and many other projects. "A veteran of countless Tzadik projects led by (among others), David Krakauer, Marc Ribot, Roberto Rodriguez and Anthony Coleman, accordionist Ted Reichman ste...

Rockville, MD? ROCKVILLE, MD? Who *are* these guys? I never heard of them or any of the players, except one of the guests here. Popping this on, what I hear is very good, very fresh, hard to describe and recommended!...

Second album by this great DC-area 'brutal prog' guitar/bass/drums trio who, since their 1st album came out and caught me completely unaware and by surprise, I've seen perform 4 times and who always put on a excellent performance! Recommended!...

One of DMV's great contributions to the 'scene', proudly presenting their excellent, third album on Tzadik!

"Together since 2010, Les Rhinocéros has brought their manic and zany mixture of heavy metal riffs, world music, noise, math rock....

''From brilliant surf guitar to perverse improvisation to Cuban rhythms, this eclectic compilation of his cinematic music displays the full range of his talents and the sick depths of his mind....listened as an album without the visuals, suggests a twi...

''From Jewish punk revolutionary to neo-primitive composer to dance club burnout in 18 short months, Shrek was Marc Ribot's most controversial and eclectic band. Raw and powerful, Shrek Live captured Marc's wilder side, with an edge that cut through st...

“Gyan Riley is a virtuoso guitarist and composer living in Brooklyn whose unique work expands the rich legacy of classical guitar music with influences from minimalism, flamenco, bossa nova, collection of music for solo guitar. Fluid, compelling, and beautiful, this is music you will return to again and again.”
Gyan Riley: Guitar

Gyan's a great guitarist and also the son of Terry Riley. He combines aspects of acoustic guitar geniuses like Jack Rose and John Fahey with his father's hypnotic spirit.

"Gyan Riley is a virtuoso guitarist and composer from Northern...

This is one of the better Riley releases of the last few decades!
"Maestro Terry Riley returns to the transcendent brilliance of his mprovisatory All Night Flights from the 1970s in this spectacular two-hour solo performance for just intonation...

"One of the most influential musicians on the planet, Terry Riley is the father of both minimalism and the downtown scene, having incorporated improvisation into his work from as far back as the early 1960s. This project, a musical dream diary, was...

"Award winning composer Adam Roberts has studied at Eastman, Harvard and in Vienna and currently teaches composition in Istanbul. His music is powerful and kinetic, filled with jagged twists and turns and a rich sense of harmony and texture. His first...

"Close friends since the mid 1960's, Burton Greene and Perry Robinson are two of the most infamous and legendary pioneers of free jazz and the downtown scene. Performing together in a wide variety of bands and ensembles for over four decades, their...

The dynamic Latin percussionist for Joe Jackson, Marc Ribot's Postizos and a variety of other groups here excavates the fascinating world of Cuba's little-known Jewish community. Roberto's firsthand experience with both Cuban and Jewish traditions (per...

Charming and imaginative music for a controversial film that follows the Jewish basketball experience from ash cans placed on the stoops of brownstones to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. Composed by Roberto Juan Rodriguez, whose CDs of...

"Composer/percussionist Roberto Rodriguez’s imaginative Cuban-Jewish fusion is some of the most charming and popular music on Tzadik. Continuing his creative reading of imaginary music from Havana’s Jewish community, Roberto draws upon several...

"Roberto Rodriguez’s dynamic blending of Cuban music with the Jewish tradition has produced some of the most popular and best selling CDs on the Radical Jewish series. Here he turns his brilliant arranging skills and fabulous all-star ensemble to nine...

"David Rosenboom is a composer/performer of unprecedented range and experience. He performed at the Electric Circus in 1969, on the original recording of In C with Terry Riley, with La Monte Young’s Theatre of Eternal Music as well as with Anthony...

"Active since the 1960s, composer/performer/ educator/instrument builder and improviser David Rosenboom, has been at the cutting edge of contemporary music, scoring for orchestra, opera, solo performance, chamber ensembles, improvisers, electronics...

''A downtown mainstay for twenty years, composer/multi-woodwind performer Ned Rothenberg makes his Tzadik debut with a stunning CD of chamber music. Acclaimed for work in a wide variety of contexts, from the multi-metric funk of his Double Band to the ...

"A major new work by this imaginative musical mastermind! Born in 1956 in Boston and now residing in Brooklyn, Rothenberg has studied at Oberlin Conservatory and Berklee School of Music. Since 1979 his remarkable reed playing and compelling compositional

"Internationally acclaimed for his solo music since the late ’70s, Ned Rothenberg is one of the world’s most original voices on the shakuhachi. A student of two of the foremost masters of the instrument, Yamaguchi Goro and Yokoyama Katsuya, his style...

"Since the early 1980s Ned Rothenberg has been forging some of the most original solo saxophone music in the world. Drawing upon classical, jazz, improvisation and world music traditions his solo performances are passionate, virtuosic and hypnotic...