Filmworks XII: 2002 Volume Two - Three Documentaries (2002)

Track Listing 

1. Vocal Phase  3:49 
2. The Lips At Sway  5:07 
3. The Well Tuned Harmonica  1:35 
4. Dance Piece  2:10 
5. Midnight Flight  2:12 
6. Chippy Charm  1:35 
7. Shaolin Spirit  3:01 
8. Bamboo Forest  1:24 

Jennifer Charles: Voice on Track 1
Mark Feldman: Violin  
Jamie Saft: Wurlitzer Piano  
John Zorn: Organ, Glass Harmonica, Wurlitzer Piano

Shaolin Ulysses
9. Shaolin Ulysses  2:00 
10. Shaolin Bossa  3:16 
11. Travelling West  2:43 
12. Temple Song (Trad./arr. John Zorn)  2:25 
13. Shaolin Family  1:16 
14. Nostalgia  0:54 
15. Shaolin Mambo  2:57 
16. Transition  1:25 
17. Shaolin Bossa (Fast)  2:22 
18. Vegas  1:03 
19. Kung Fu Percussion  1:50 
20. Shaolin Spirit (Duo)  5:12 
21. Shaolin Bossa Vibe  1:54 
22. Shaolin Dream  1:43 
23. Shaolin Ulysses (End Titles)  2:10 

Cyro Baptista: Percussion  
Trevor Dunn: Bass  
Marc Ribot: Guitar  
Roberto Rodriguez: Percussion  
Min Xiao-Fen: Pipa  

Family Found
24. Family Found (Vocal)  2:33 
25. Family Found (Solo Arco)  1:09 
26. Family Found (Solo Pizz)  0:46 
27. Family Found (Cello)  2:31

Erik Friedlander: Cello 
Jennifer Charles: Voice 


Cyro Baptista: Percussion 
Jennifer Charles: Voice 
Trevor Dunn: Bass 
Mark Feldman: Violin 
Erik Friedlander: Cello 
Marc Ribot: Guitar 
Roberto Rodriguez: Percussion 
Jamie Saft: Wurlitzer Piano 
Min Xiao-Fen: Pipa 
John Zorn: Organ, Glass Harmonica, Wurlitzer Piano


All Music Composed and Arranged by John Zorn (Except as noted) 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer:  Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded and mixed by Jamie Saft at Frank Booth, Brooklyn, NY 
Mastering by Scott Hull at Classic Sound, NYC 
All Photos courtesy of the directors (used by permission) 
Notes by John Zorn
Design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin) 


The popular Filmworks series is a microcosm of the Zorn universe, following his maturing as a composer and his ever-widening musical interests. The music of Volume 12, all recorded in the space of a few weeks (March/April 2002,) is as varied as the films they were written for. A touch of minimalism laces the score to Charles Dennis’ film on New York’s East Village dance scene; haunting and childlike, the music for a documentary on outsider artist Morton Bartlett is tenderly scored for voice and cello; finally, guitarist Marc Ribot goes head to head with Chinese pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen for a film on the lives of Shaolin Monks who have come to America to spread the teachings of Buddha through the martial arts. Obsession, culture clash and minimalism from the crucible of John Zorn and his circle of creative musicians.

Series:  FilmworksArchival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7340 

Release Date:  August 2002