John Zorn

The Urmuz Epigrams

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Desperate from Having Been Left without a Bladder With The Urmuz Epigrams Zorn returns to his roots, using the recording studio as instrument to create an intensely personal suite of compositions in the style of his legendary File Card compositions and Zoetropes. Dedicated to the visionary Romanian writer Urmuz whose small, scattered body of work predated Dadaism by decades, The Urmuz Epigrams is a suite of surrealistic miniatures more akin to philosophical aphorisms than actual music. The pieces are presented here in two iterations, as a set of “rare 78rpm records” complete with surface scratches and limited dynamic range, and as a modern reconstruction of same with the full blown studio sound presented in all its perplexing glory. Some of the craziest music in the Zorn catalog!


Disgusted With Life 
This Piano Lid Serves As A Wall 
With Wet Clothes And Disheveled Hair He Wandered In The Dead Of Night In Search Of Shelter
Then Again, Who Amongst Us Can Complain 
A Rain Of Threats And Screams 
The Pelican Or The Pelicaness 
After That The Funnel Became A Symbol

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