the hermetic organ vol. 8 - for antonin artaud (2019)

Track Listing 

1. Alienation And Black Magic  24:43
2. The Extreme Point Of Mysticism  13:03 


John Zorn: Organ 


Solo Organ and Saxophone Improvisation by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded June 18, 2019 at Gallus Hall, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia by Iztok Zupan
Mixed and mastered By – Scott Hull 
Photos by Tjada Zgank
Design – Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)* 
Special Thanks to Edin Zubcevic and Bodgan Benigar


Accused of being a flagrant "occultist" it took many years before Zorn was able to perform an organ recital in the former Yugoslavia. Finding churches completely unavailable, Zorn performed this Office of "The Hermetic Organ" at Gallus Hall during his residency at the Ljubljana Jazz Festival and it is one of his best. Including some extended moments with Zorn playing both organ and saxophone simultaneously, the improvisation is intense and varied, with a remarkable compositional arch and wildly dramatic changes of color and timbre. The saxophone blends beautifully with the organ, standing out at times while Zorn plays the organ with his feet, hands and elbows. A beautiful new installment of "The Hermetic Organ" that draws inspiration from the work of 20th century visionary Antonin Artaud.

Series:   Archival SeriesThe Hermetic Organ 

Catalogue Number:  TZ8368

Release Date:  October 2019