les maudits (2020)

Track Listing: 

1. Ubu  20:08

John Zorn - sax, organ, piano, percussion, vocals 
Simon Hanes - guitars, bass, piano, accordion, cello, percussion, toilet, jew's harp, whistling, vocals 
Ches Smith - vibes, glockenspiel, haitan tanbou, percussion, vocals 

All music composed, arranged and conducted by John Zorn 
Recorded January 23-25 and mixed February 10, 2020 at EastSide Sound, NYX by Marc Urselli 
Portrait of Alfred Jarry by Nadar
Ubu woodcut by Alfred Jarry

2. Baudelaires  12:04

International Contemporary Ensemble:

Claire Chase - flute
Joshua Rubin - clarinet
Rebekah Heller - bassoon
Cory Smythe - harpsichord
Dan Lippel - guitar
Erik Carlson - violin
Miranda Cuckson - viola
Kivie Cohn-Lipman - cello

Composed by John Zorn
Conducted by David Fulmer
Recorded January 30, 2015 at Abrons Art Center, NYC by Jessica Slaven
Edited and mixed November 2019 at Oktaven Studios by Ryan Streber
Assistant engineer Charles Mueller
Portrait of Charles Baudelaire by Etienne Carjat

3. Oviri  9:38
crison to Paul Gauguin

 International Contemporary Ensemble: 

Alive Teyssier - flute 
Joshua Rubin - clarinet 
David Byrd-Marrow - horn
Michael Lormand - trombone
Andrew Madej - tuba
Nathan Davis - percussion
Ross Karre - percussion
Ikue Mori - electronics

Composed by John Zorn 
Conducted by David Fulmer 
Recorded January 31, 2015 at Abrons Art Center, NYC by Jessica Slaven 
Edited and mixed November 2019 at Oktaven Studios by Ryan Streber 
Assistant engineer Charles Mueller 
Oviri sculpture by Paul Gauguin
Photo of Paul Gauguin's hand (Inside pocket) by Jacques Leclerq
Oviri woodcut by Paul Gauguin (colouring by Chippy)


Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Mastered by Scott Hull 
Photo of John Zorn by Scott Irvine
Design by Heung-Heung Chin (Chippy)


Les Maudits presents three dynamic chamber pieces inspired by heroic ‘cursed’ artists of French culture. Demolishing all boundaries and pushing the artistic envelope beyond all expectations Ubu is one of Zorn’s greatest and most outrageous creations-- bizarre musical portrait of the subversive writer Alfred Jarry and his powerful Pataphyisical figure Ubu. The Ubu plays were a powerful precursor to many of the European avant-garde experiments of the early 20th century (Dada, Surrealism, Theatre of the Absurd, Futurism, postmodernism) and Zorn captures the vulgar, rebellious, gluttonous, childish and revolutionary spirit of Ubu in this major new studio composition. 
Accompanying this work are two pieces performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of David Fulmer. A concerto grosso in three movements inspired by the work of radical French poet Charles Baudelaire, and Oviri (‘savage' in Tahitian) a touching elegy to Paul Gauguin, the influential and complex artist who helped redefine painting in the 20th century.

Series:  Archival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ8373 

Release Date:  July 24, 2020