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Book Title: Arcana: Musicians on Music|
The author of the book: John Zorn
Edition: "Granary Books"
Date of issue: January 2nd 2000
ISBN 13: 9781887123273
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John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener. The musicians he collaborates with and produces, or whom he offers to release under his label Tzadik, are more well known than the man himself. That said, he is a genius and a major influence on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to metal. His compositions rank amongst the most profound musical experiences I have ever had. His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in my opinion, and anyone truly passionate about music should take the long and winding road through the Tzadik catalogue.
This collection of essays brings together some of Zorn's long time collaborators, including Mike Patton, Eyvind Kang, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith and Ikue Mori to name a few. Each musician is given the space to discuss and illuminate their thoughts on music. Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately engaging are my feelings upon this collection.
I would call the experience of reading these essays a re-education; by giving these eclectic individuals an opportunity to elucidate what music means to them, John Zorn has provided us with a link to the unknown, the juices that make musicians create.
It has to be appreciated before entering this world that musicians are not necessarily great writers. Some of these essays are not technically well written nor do they try to be. Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer.
Give it a go if you want a sneak peek into the madness that is the creation of music and be ready for a ride, be ready to throw out your preconceptions of what is to be a musician and what music is. This group of enigmatic folk have been and will continue to redefine music for years to come and they're worth listening to, and in this case reading.
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Read information about the authorJohn Zorn (a.k.a. Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Tzizit) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn is a prolific artist: he has hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, or producer.
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