Duras: Duchamp (1997)

Track Listing 

1. Premiere Livre  14:41 
2. Deuxième Livre  0:51 
3. Troisième Livre  16:46 
4. Epilogue  1:46 

Étant Donnés   
5a. 69 Paroxyms For Marcel Duchamp: 1-43  8:00 
5b. 69 Paroxyms For Marcel Duchamp: 44-57  3:15 
5c. 69 Paroxyms For Marcel Duchamp: 58-69  2:02


Christine Bard: Percussion 
Anthony Coleman: Piano 
Cenovia Cummins: Violin 
Mark Feldman: Violin 
Erik Friedlander: Cello 
John Medeski: Organ 
Jim Pugliese: Percussion 
John Zorn: Conductor


Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producers - Kazunori Sugiyama
Duras recorded by Jim anderson at Avatar, NYV on May Day 1997
Etant Donnes recorded by Jason Baker at Shelley Palmer Studio, NYC on April Fool's Day 1997
Mastered by Allan Tucker at Foothill Digital 
Design: Kimsu Theiler
Cover Photograph M'a brule les mainsen mourant  and photograph at left by Claude Cahus (1936) courtesy UBU Gallery amd Zabriskie Gallery
Special Thanks to Adam Boxer


France has been the birthplace of some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century. Duras:Duchamp is a tribute to two timeless figures who have forever changed our view of the world. 

Over thirty minutes in length, Duras is a major new composition inspired by the romantic writings of Marguerite Duras and the mystical music of Olivier Messiaen. Seductive, elusive, ritualistic. Duras is a hypnotic work of startling clarity and complexity. 

Étant Donnés is the perfect companion piece to Duras: a provocative noise trio inspired by the enigmatic last masterpiece of Marcel Duchamp, one of France's greatest conceptualists.

Series:  Composer Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7023

Release Date:  1997