new traditions in east asian bar bands (1997)

Track Listing:

1. Hu Die  25:09
2. Hwang Chin-ee  16:41 
3. Quề Trân  30:46 


Joey BaronDrums (1)
Samm BennettDrums (1)
Anthony Coleman: Keyboards (3)
Bill Frisell: Guitar (2)
Fred Frith: Guitar (2)
Wayne Horvitz: Keyboards (3)
Zhang Jinglin: Narrator (2)
Jung Hee Shin: Narrator (2)
Anh Tranc: Narrator (3)


1 recorded by Kramer (1986)
1 recorded and mixed by Seigen Ono (1990)
2 recorded by Oz Fritz (1988)
2 recorded and mixed by Jim Anderson (1996)
3 recorded by Steve Rosenthal (1992)
12-21 recorded and mixed by Jason Baker at Creative Audio, NYC, July 22, 1997
All Music Composed by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer:  Kazunori Sugiyama 
Mastered by Allan Tucker at Foothill Digital, NYC
1 text by Arto Lindsay
2 text by Myung Mi Kim
3 text by Lyn Hejinian

From the lyrical sensuality of Hu-Die (for 2 guitars), the aggressive fireworks of Hwang Chin-Ee (for two drummers) and the mystical ambience of Que Tran (for two keyboards), this album shows yet another side of Zorn's genius for the dramatic and the unexpected. Using the spoken languages of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese as pure melody, this suite of 3 pieces of twin instruments and narrators is perhaps Zorn's most beautiful creation to date. 
Ten years in the making, these epic compositions, Zorn's most universally misunderstood pieces, are finally made available on an album. Original texts by Arto Lindsay, My-ung Mi-Kim, and Lin Hejinian. Performed by an all-star collection of the world's most creative improvising instrumentalists.

SeriesArchival Series, Game Pieces

Catalogue NumberTZ7311