femina (2009)

Track Listing 

1. Femina―part one   11:42
2. Femina―part two   10:11
3. Femina―part three  10:16
4. Femina―end titles  3:17


Jennifer Choi: Violin  
Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano  
Carol Emanuel: Harp  
Okkyung Lee: Cello  
Ikue Mori: Electronics  
Shayna Dunkelman: Percussion  

Special Guest 
Laurie Anderson: Opening Narration


Composed, Arranged, Conducted, Produced by John Zorn   
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama  
Recorded December 16-18,  2008 and mixed January 2009 at East Side Sound by Marc Urselli
Mastering - Scott Hull  
Images by Kiki Smith - courtesy of Pace Wildenstein  
Design - Heung-Heung Chin


Structured as a colorful tribute to women in the Arts, Femina is a triumphant return to the file card technique that has produced some of Zorn's most shockingly original compositions. Much like an aural film, the music jumps from scene to scene with breathtaking precision, following its own peculiar logic. Hildegard von Bingen, Meredith Monk, Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Madame Blavatsky, Isadora Duncan, Hélène Cixous, Gertrude Stein, Abe Sada, Sylvia Plath, Louise Bourgeois, Margaret Mead, Loie Fuller, Dorothy Parker, Yoko Ono and the moon goddess En Hedu’Anna are just a few of the figures who are referenced, reflected and summoned in this soulful and exhilarating tribute to some of the greatest hearts and minds that ever lived. Featuring an all-woman band of some of the downtown scene's most creative and talented musicians, Femina is one of Zorn's deepest and most profoundly beautiful creations. Unique packaging contains artwork and a booklet of images by Kiki Smith, one of the world’s greatest and most important art visionaries.

Series :  Archival Series, Mystic Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7377 

Release Date:  October 2009