The Hermetic Organ Volume 11 - For Terry Riley (2024)

Track Listing

Office nr 27— for Terry Riley
1. A New Door Opens  20:42
2. Elissa's Tears  20:08


John Zorn: Organ 


Solo Organ Improvisation by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded as part of the Great American Music Hall's Zorn@70 celebration September 2, 2023 at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
Engineered by Kasper Rodenborn and Elijah Dowd 
Mastered By – Scott Hull 
Flap photo by Nick Smith
Obi/CD Sleeve photos and design by – Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)* 

Special Thanks to Elissa Guest, Laila Nabulei, Nick Smith, Fred Barnes,  and Terry Riley


This newest edition of “The Hermetic Organ” is a beautiful and evocative tribute to one of Zorn’s biggest mentors, the pioneer West Coast visionary, Terry Riley. Performed at San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral during the epic concert series presented by Fred Barnes at the Great American Music Hall in September 2023 for Zorn’s 70th birthday, this is one of the most touching and personal of all Zorn’s organ recitals. Present in the audience were a large number of the composer’s closest and oldest friends, and as a result the music has a deep spiritual edge. Looming over much of this music is the spirit of Terry Riley, one of Zorn’s early influences, and one of his dearest friends. Magical!

Series:   Archival SeriesThe Hermetic Organ 

Catalogue NumberTZ9306

Release Date:  January 2024