her melodious lay (2024)

Track Listing

1. The Enchanted Castle  4:11
2. In Sorrow's Eye  4:06
3. Innocent Sleep  6:28 
4. A Cruel Theft Of Life  3:58
5. Shadow Of My Sightless View  5:11
6. Mercutio  4:42
7. The Faeris Kiss  2:54
8. A Dancing Star  2:54
9. Out Of This Nettle, Danger We Pluck This Flower, Safety  7:41


Julian Lage: Guitar
Gyan Riley: Guitar


All music composed and arranged by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded and mixed by Marc Urselli 02/14 & 15, EastSide Sound, NYC 
Mastering - Scott Hull 
Portrait engraving of Shakespeare by John Everett Millais
Design by (Chippy) Heung Heung Chin 


Julian Lage and Gyan Riley have a magical rapport, a deep mutual respect, and have recorded some of Zorn’s most melodious and intimate compositions. In addition to the many books of music written for their trio with Bill Frisell, they have also worked together as a duo on The Bagatelles (2015), Midsummer Moons (2017), Book Beri’ah (2019), and Quatrain (2023). For this fifth duo CD Zorn turns again to William Shakespeare for inspiration and has composed a varied collection of ballads, dances, lullabies, and fantasies that will delight, stimulate, and inspire. Her Melodious Lay contains nine poetic, through-composed pieces that blend classical, folk, jazz, film music, and more into a strikingly dramatic musical vision. Modern guitar music at its very best!

SeriesArchival Series 

By Catalogue NumberTZ9309 

Release Date: June 21, 2024