filmworks xvii: Notes On Marie Menken / Ray Bandar: A Life With Skulls (2006)

Track Listing 

1. Menken  5:27 
2. Skull I  4:03 
3. Glimpses  6:37 
4. Mood Mondrian  4:31 
5. Skull II  3:30 
6. Gogogo  8:13 
7. Moonplay  4:42 
8. Skull II  I2:58 
9. Tango Exotique  5:35 
10. Zenscapes  1:07 
11. Skull IV  1:40 
12. Arabesque  5:09 
13. Skull V  2:08 
14. Bolex Dancing  1:37


Cyro Baptista: Percussion (2,5,8,11,13)
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Bass (1,3,4,6,7,9,10,12,14)
Jon Madof: Guitar (1,3,4,6,7,9,10,12,14)
Kenny Wollesen: Drums (1,3,4,6,7,9,10,12,14), Percussion (5)
John Zorn: Wurlitzer Piano (4), Alto Saxophone (6,11), African Thumb Pianos (2,5,8,11,13), Bolex (10, 14)


All Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer:  Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded and Mixed by Jamie Saft at Frank Booth, Brooklyn, NY on September 7, 2005 
Mastering by Scott Hull 
All photos courtesy of the director (used by permission) 
Design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin) 


Featuring two members of the exciting trio Rashanim with drum master Kenny Wollesen and Zorn himself on sax, this is a poignant and varied score for a new documentary about elusive film maverick Marie Menken who was a close friend of Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, etc. and an important member of the first generation of American Experimental Filmmakers. Also included are five unique pieces of polyrhythmic polyphony for percussion and African thumb pianos, painting a picture of legendary West Coast skull collector Ray Bandar. Poignant exotica, moonlit moods, bizarre percussion and several tracks of manic intensity.

Series:  FilmworksArchival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7353 

Release Date:  January 2006