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Zion 80

Zion 80

Zion 80


"Shlomo Carlebach meets Fela Kuti" Zion80 is led by guitarist Jon Madof, whose other projects include the Jewish power trio Rashanim (John Zorn’s Tzadik Records), CircuitBreaker, and lots of music for film and television. He has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Matisyahu, Marc Ribot and many others. For more, visit jonmadof.com. Zion80 is: Jon Madof – guitar Frank London – trumpet Matt Darriau – alto sax Greg Wall – tenor sax Jessica Lurie – bari sax Read more on Last.fm
"Shlomo Carlebach meets Fela Kuti" Zion80 is led by guitarist Jon Madof, whose other projects include the Jewish power trio Rashanim (John Zorn’s Tzadik Records), CircuitBreaker, and lots of music for film and television. He has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Matisyahu, Marc Ribot and many others. For more, visit jonmadof.com. Zion80 is: Jon Madof – guitar Frank London – trumpet Matt Darriau – alto sax Greg Wall – tenor sax Jessica Lurie – bari sax Zach Mayer – bari sax Brian Marsella – keyboards Yoshie Fruchter – guitar Shanir Blumenkranz – bass Marlon Sobol – percussion Yuval Lion – drums Zion80 is the brainchild of guitarist Jon Madof, a wildly popular project that seamlessly blends the Afro-pop stylings of the legendary Fela Kuti with the Jewish tradition. Featuring an exciting 11-piece all-star band, Madof masterfully blends horns, guitars, keyboards and percussion, mixing the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat with the freewheeling madness of the Downtown scene.

A one of a kind ascent into the unknown, Madof’s creative arrangements of 8 tunes from Zorn’s “Book of Angels”are spiritual and endlessly exciting. “A truly soulful experience” – NY Times Zion80 explores Jewish music – from Carlebach to Zorn and everything in between – through the lens of the Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof (Rashanim, Matisyahu), the 13-piece band arranges Jewish melodies using the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat, blended with the madness of the Downtown scene. Madof’s most ambitious project to date, Zion80 is blazing hot and tight as a drum.

Spiritual, grooving and endlessly exciting, this is essential Jewish music for the 21st century. “This world is a world of higher forces, and people must realize it. You do it by yourself in your home, by knowledge of your culture or the background of your family or your people. Higher forces give you the gift of music, of musicianship. It must be well-used, for the good of humanity.” Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938 — 1997) “It has to be so strong, this Jewishness, that nothing in the world should move them, to ‘un-Jewish’ them.

On the other hand, it has to be completely connected to every human being in the world.” Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925 — 1994) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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