Tirzah-Quartet plays Filmworks
This project took off when Jan Van de Perre took parts from John Zorn’s extensive Filmworks collection and used them as teaching material for his guitar students. Encouraged by Zorn, the pieces were further developed for a variety of instruments and ensembles, but it was only when Van de Perre wrote the arrangements for a chamber orchestra, that the compositions really came to life. In 2001, when John Zorn was awarded the title of Magister Artium Gandensis, they were invited to play during the ceremony.
The Tirzah-Quartet derives its name from one of Zorn’s Masada compositions. The musicians are all classically trained and have become very familiar with Zorn’s Filmworks oeuvre. Their live accompaniment to Dmitry Geller’s animated film The Rain Horse (Filmworks XIX) makes for a remarkable experience.