Links to Zorn Related Sites
Zorn Links // Fan
Pages // Related Sites of Interest // Related Record Labels // Related
John Zorn Links
Homepage : Zorn's Record Label
Discography : Zorn's online discography
Jazz Network Bio on Zorn
Zorn At The Knitting Factory 1993 : Notes from Zorn's 40th birthday
at the Knitting Factory shows, some great anecdotes.
the Zorn Mailing List : A discussion group about Zorn and other
experimental and downtown musicians.
Issues of the Zorn Mailing List
Unfortunately a lot of the fan sites on Zorn that
were up when I started this page a few years ago have dissapeared. Email me at
if you have a site or know of any sites.
The John Zorn Web Site: Biography and Discography : This is an excellent fan site on Zorn with insightful commentary and much more up to date album information than my slowly aging site.
Dann Brown's Zorn page : This page has several essays on Zorn.
Related Sites of Interest
Downtown Music Gallery : Fuck Amazon, this is the best place to order any Zorn album. Owner Bruce Lee Gallanter knows just about all there is to know about Zorn and his recorded output. He also has the best prices I know of for the usually pricey Masada albums. This is also the best place to get anything related to the New York experimental music scene.
Forced Exposure has a truly astonishing number of experimental records of all kinds available online.
Tonic is probably the best club for experimental music in New York City right now. Zorn plays there quite a bit, and just about any night you go will be inexpensive (for New York) and interesting.
Knitting Factory. The McDonald's of experimental music, the Knitting Factory is four stages, four bars and a whole lot of New York City hipster attitudeness wrapped into a small downtown building below TriBeCa. Sometimes annoying and hectic, you can't deny just how much music goes on here and how much space there is for experimental musicians of all kinds. Oh yes, and they are now a chain, with a space in (gasp) Hollywood.
Improvised Music from Japan has a lot of information on the new wave of improvising artists creating music in Japan right now.
European Free Improvisors page has an incredible amount of information on the European
Tamizdat is a group out of Eastern Europe that promotes experimental music
of all kinds.
Records : Russ Gershon's (Westport baby!) label, they released Medeski,
Martin and Wood's first (and best) album, Notes From the Underground.
They also carry the whole catalogue of Gershon's either/orchestra.
Records : Excellent jazz label.
of Field Records : Bobby Previte's label.
: A label specializing in improvised music.
Records : Swedish Label has a very large catalogue of improvised musics.
Records : Derek Bailey's independant British label.
Factory Works : The label component of the downtown club/label/bar/amusement
park that dominates the NYC music scene.
Homepage : Zorn collaborator Tim Berne's label.
: Label specializing in downtown artists.
Soul Note/Black Saint
Recordings : Great jazz label with an enormous and varied catalogue.
Musicians and Composers
: Drummer on many a Zorn project, including both Naked
City and Masada,
Joey Baron has played with just about everybody.
Berne : Another NYC ex-pat, Tim Berne makes synapse tingling free jazz to knock
your collective socks off.
Black : Drummer Jim Black.
Just about the most amazing rock band in the world. Singer Yamatsuka Eye and Zorn have
collaborated many times, from
Naked City to the noise album Nani Nani and the bizarre Mystic Fugu orchestra.
The trumpet player's excellent homepage with information on his many bands and projects,
plus interviews and tourdates (including Masada!).
Eskelin : Saxophonist and composer Ellery Eskelin.
: Cellist Erik Friedlander's page.
Frisell : Guitarist from Naked
City, now a succesful band leader and composer.
: Composer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Frith has played
with Zorn for quite some time. He was the bassist for Naked
City, and is on The
Big Gundown, many Filmworks discs, and others. He is one of the most
incredible performers I have ever seen.
: Part of the older generation of experimental Japanese musicians, Haino Keiji
makes dark and beautifully music that sounds unlike anything I've ever heard.
: The keyboardist from Naked
City, Wayne Horvitz is also the leader of Pigpen, Zony
Mash, and a frequent collaborator/producer of Seattle based Bill
John Medeski :
Organ/piano player John Medeski has hit the big time with his funk trio
Medeski, Martin and Wood but he is also a frequent collaborator of Zorn's.
: Turntablist and guitarist Otomo Yoshihide was the main creative influence
behind Ground Zero
and is now pursuing many other projects, from the noise improv of Filament to
Hong Kong soundtrack work.
Previte : Played with Zorn more in the 1980's on his studio
projects like The
Big Gundown and his soundtracks
of the time. More recently, he recorded a duet
album with Zorn and the phenomenal Downtown Lullaby with Zorn, Wayne
Horvitz and Elliot Sharp.
: Guitarist Marc Ribot is a member of Zorn's Bar
Kokhba, and is featured on many Filmworks
Josh Roseman :
Has played with just about everybody, from Dave Douglas to Cibo Matto to Dead Prez, not to
mention co-founding Groove Collective.
Sharp : Downtown experimentalist, composer and guitarist Elliot
: Guitarist Brad Shepik.
Speed : great young tenor player.
Fred Tompkins : St. Louis based composer Fred Tompkins' site.
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