Monday, May 02, 2022

The John Zorn day at the Willisau Jazz Festival in 2016

Saturday, 3 September, at the Willisau Jazz Festival in 2016 was a whole day of bands chosen by John Zorn to play his compositions: Zorn with Masada (Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron), Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits, Cleric, Asmodeus (Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn, Tyshwan Sorey, with Zorn conducting), Simulacrum (with John Medeski), and a duo of Julian Lage and Gyan Riley. Masada was brilliant from start to finish, but Baptista's ostinatos ran together, and Cleric, Asmodeus, and Simulacrum were all too loud (my only Ribot set I haven't enjoyed). Like Masada, Lage and Riley laughed and smiled their way through an energetic and virtuosic set on two acoustic guitars. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 2 May 2022)

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