from silence to sorcery (2007)

Track Listing: 

1-8  Goetia.  2002.  13:51
eight compositions for solo violin
I.   0:57
II.   2:46
III.   4:07
IV.   1:42
V.   1:12
VI.   1:54
VII.   2:53
VIII.   1:20

9   Gris-Gris   2000   9:41

10  Shibboleth   1997   12:37
for Paul Celan
i.  Abglanzbeladen (Laden With Reflection)
ii.  Im Leeren (In Empty Space)
iii.Mandelnde (Almond-Like)
iv.  Hinterlassne (Left Behind)
v.  Etwas Wie Nacht (Something Like Night)
vi.  Aus Verlorem (From Things Lost)


Jennifer Choi - Violin (1-8, 10)
William Winant - 13 Tunes Drumd, Kick Drum (9,10)
Lois Martin - Viola (10)
Fred Sherry - Cello (10)
Steve Drury - Clavichord (10)


All compositions by John Zorn
Conducted by Brad Lubman
Produced by John Zorn
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded, mixed and edited by Silas Brown 2005 and 2007 at Avatar, Hit Factory and Legacy Sound
Mastered by Scott Hull 
Taror cards by Salvador Dali
still from Rex Ingram's The Magician, 1926 magical symbols concerning the transformation of the genii -  Haniel and the spirits which be under him
Inside inlay - John Zorn photographed by DICK SCLOVE ca. 1969
Composer portrait - SCOTT IRVINE
Design - Heung-Heung Chin
Special thanks to Kaz Tsujio abd Jackie Frankel.


Three distinctive instrumental works touching upon themes of magic and mysticism. Goetia are spells and incantations for summoning demonic spirits and this colorful set of variations for solo violin draws upon the ancient alliance between the violin and the devil. Gris-Gris is a virtuosic work for thirteen tuned drums inspired by the music of Korean Shamanism, Haitian Voodoo and a scene from Howard Hawks’ classic film To Have and Have Not. It receives a spectacular performance by one of the world’s leading avant-garde percussionists—William Winant . Completing the program is one of Zorn’s most personal and elusive ensemble pieces. Scored for clavichord, three muted strings and percussion, Shibboleth is a stunning tribute to the enigmatic Jewish poet Paul Celan.

Series:  Composer Series 

Catalogue NumberTZ8035 

Release Date:  2007