transmigration of the magus (2014)

Track Listing

Into The Light  8:05 
Transmigration Of The Magus  6:43
Perfect Mind  4:00 
Providence  4:27 
Gnostic Hymn  4:45
Apocryphon  3:44 
The Divine Word  3:37 
The Three-Fold Thought  4:29 
Merlin  4:30



Carol Emanuel: Harps  
Bill Frisell: Guitar  
John Medeski: Organ  
Kenny Wollesen: Vibes, Bells  
Bridget Kibbey: Harps  
Al Lipowski: Vibes, Bells


All music composed, arranged and conducted by John Zorn  
Produced by John Zorn  
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama  
Recorded And Mixed March 2014 at EastSide Sound by Marc Urselli 
Mastering - Scott Hull  
Design - Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)
Art - Protective Cakra (17th C)/ Cakra for subduing evil spirits
Jacob Boehme's Tree of the Soul illustrated by William Law (18th C)
Alchemical Tree by Raymond Lull (13th C)
Photo:  Self portrait by Lou Reed
Graphite on paper drawing by John Zorn


Drawing inspiration from various Gnostic philosophies of the Nag Hammadi library, Transmigration of the Magus is a musical evocation of the mystical journey of the soul through the bardo. Lyrical and tender, the music has a lush orchestral sweep and features Bill Frisell and John Medeski reveling within the magical sonorities of vibraphones, bells and harps. Created to help the passing of Zorn’s dear friend Lou Reed through the bardo realms and released on the one year anniversary of his passing, Transmigration of the Magus is a memorial tribute to one of Zorn’s musical mentors and is one of his most touching and emotional projects—truly music of the angels.

Series:  Archival Series

Catalogue Number:  TZ8324

Release Date:  October 2014