Sat July 8, 2023
19:30

John Zorn & New Masada Quartet (USA)

John Zorn: alto saxophone
Julian Lage: guitar
Jorge Roeder: bass
Kenny Wollesen: drums

2. Set: https://porgy.at/events/11316/

It is always a pleasure to play for Christoph Huber at Porgy & Bess because he is one of the warmest, kindest, and most daring music presenters in Europe – and one of a handful of presenters who REALLY loves the music. When I learned that Porgy was celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2023 participating became an imperative. There are only two clubs in the world that I will always agree to perform in – the Village Vanguard in New York– and Porgy & Bess in Vienna. It is truly an honor to present New Masada Quartet in this special venue, for Christoph’s 30th anniversary. Frohes Jubiläum!! (John Zorn)

The long awaited first recording by John Zorn’s newest and most exciting ensemble, the New Masada Quartet. Performing eight classic compositions from the Masada songbooks, NMQ is a tight unit of like-minded virtuosi and one of the best groups Zorn has ever had.

Bristling hot guitar master Julian Lage, bass wizard Jorge Roeder and 30-year Zorn veteran Kenny Wollesen perform with a crackling live energy that brings the Masada music to life like never before!

Led by Zorn’s versatile sax and stop and start conducting, the music is filled with burning solos, telepathic group interaction, heartfelt lyricism and hypnotic grooves. Beautifully recorded at Bill Laswell’s studio in New Jersey this is an absolute masterpiece. Essential! (jazzmessangers.com)