madrigals (2016)

Track Listing 

Book I (2013) 
1. Adonais  3:17 
2. The Witch Of Atlas  3:52 
3. Epipsychidion  3:49 
4. The Devil's Walk  2:36 
5. Endymion  5:41 

Book II (2014) 
6. Ocean Nymphs  5:18 
7. Old Silenus  3:21 
8. Twilight Phantasms  4:00 
9. Queen Mab  3:28 
10. Universal Pan  3:40


Lisa Bielawa: Voice 
Sarah Brailey: Voice 
Rachel Calloway: Voice 
Mellissa Hughes: Voice 
Jane Sheldon: Voice 
Kirsten Sollek: Voice


All Music and Text Composed by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Book I recorded October 13, 2014 by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound, NYC 
Book II recorded October 10, 2015 by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound, NYC 
Mixed October 16, 2015 by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound, NYC 
Mastering by Scott Hull 
Cover photo of Shelley by Alfred Clint (1819)
Design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)


Zorn’s compositions for acappella voice are some of his most sensual and sublime creations. This CD presents his two books of “Madrigals” scored for six female voices. Beautifully performed by his long time ensemble the “Sapphites” the music is even more varied and challenging than his previous masterpieces “The Holy Visions” and “Shir Hashirim,” touching upon minimalism, tonal and atonal counterpoint, textural experiments and more. Inspired by the visionary poetry of 19th century British Romantic Percy Blysse Shelley, a charming lyricism and subtle spirituality rides through the music from first note to last.

Series:  Archival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ8339

Release Date:  January 2016