six litanies for heliogabalus (2007)

Track Listing 

1. Litany I  7:52 
2. Litany II  7:01 
3. Litany III  10:33 
4. Litany IV  8:10 
5. Litany V  4:27 
6. Litany VI  6:16


John Zorn: Alto Sax, Composer 
Joey Baron: Drums 
Trevor Dunn: Bass 
Ikue Mori: Electronics 
Mike Patton: Voice 
Jamie Saft: Organ 
Martha Cluver: Voice 
Abby Fischer: Voice 
Kirsten Soller: Voice


Conceived, Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn
Assistant Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recording and Mix Translation by Bill Laswell
Engineer - Bob Musso
Assistant Engineer - James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Scott Hull
Dedicated to Antonin Artaud, Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley
Original Photos by Scott Irvine
Painting by Alma Tadema 
Design - Heung-Heung Chin 


The infamous Moonchild/AstronomeTrio of Patton, Dunn and Baron returns to the studio this time aided by the searing organ of Jamie Saft, the complex electronics of Ikue Mori and a small female chorus to realize Zorn’s latest project Six Litanies for Heliogabalus. Inspired by the decadent excesses of the Roman emperor/child-god who made Caligula and Nero look like reasonable human beings—smothering his dinner guests to death in a rain of perfumed rose petals—these six compositions (including an outrageous new piece for solo voice) explode with color, imagery and intensity. A startling blend of Metal, Contemporary Classical, Jazz and Mediaeval Music, this is one of Zorn's most extreme and original creations.

Series:  Archival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7361 

Release Date:  Mar 2007