James Moore: the Book of Heads
John Zorn originally composed The Book of Heads for Eugene Chadbourne, hoping to add even more extended guitar techniques to his already extensive arsenal. The initial 80 compositions were condensed into a set of 35 etudes. The heads or themes serve as the basis for improvisation; some are in detailed notation, some contain graphical instructions, including a list of required tools: balloons (one containing 30 grains of rice), pencils, strings, a violin bow, a talking doll, and of course several guitars. Marc Ribot was the first to release a complete version of the 35 etudes (in 1995); the second recording by Christoph Funabashi, was released only last year.
James Moore is one of the founders of the electric guitar quartet Dither, has played with Elliott Sharp, with Bang On A Can and in the folk-noise group Oliphant. He masters a variety of guitar-related stringed instruments, from electric and acoustic guitar to dobro and electric banjo. He developed a new interpretation of The Book of Heads for the Incubator Arts Project in New York. The concert is an intense visual and musical experience, for the performer as well as the listener.