Moonchild: Templars – In Sacred Blood
ZORN AT 60
John Zorn (1953) saxophonist, composer, conductor and producer will turn sixty on 2 September. To celebrate that birthday, he developed a complete programme, together with musician friends, under the name “Zorn at 60”. With this project he will be showcasing a tantalising selection from his projects on 14 July at the Ghent Jazz Festival, a unique musical experience reflecting the diversity and enthusiasm of one of the most talented musicians of his generation.
Apart from the entire day of music dedicated to John Zorn’s 60th birthday, there is also an exposition to visit: Obsessions Collective.
As part of the ‘Zorn at 60’ festivities, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA) asked several artists, writers and musicians their reflections on John Zorn. This resulted in some great words like ‘visionary’, ‘mensch’, ‘dude’, ‘wild man’, ‘iconoclast’ and ‘dreamer’.
Read it here: part 1 – part 2
MOONCHILD: TEMPLARS-IN SACRED BLOOD
Mike Patton (voice), John Medeski (organ), Trevor Dunn (bass), Joey Baron (drums)
Over a year in the making, the sixth CD in John Zorn’s Moonchild series, and it is a testimonial homage to the Poor Fellow-Soldier of Christ and the Temple of Salomon, the legendary crusading Warrior-Monks or Templars whose 200-year rise to power abruptly ended in 1307 under accusations of heresy. With texts that open a new world of possibilities, the music exudes a powerful emotional intensity. Mike Patton’s versatility is fully utilised; he sings everything, ranging from Gregorian chants and atonal melodies to ominous hard-core screams and passionate whispers. The evocative organ of John Medeski adds a deeply religious tone to the drama, and the Dunn-Baron rhythm section meanders masterfully.