Black Narcissus (Mephista album)

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Black Narcissus
Studio album by Mephista
Released March, 2002
Recorded 2002, Avatar Studios, NYC
Genre Avant-garde, contemporary classical music, jazz
Length 58:32
Label Tzadik
TZ 7704
Producer Mephista
Mephista chronology
Black Narcissus
Entomological Reflections
Sylvie Courvoisier chronology
Deux Pianos
Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus is an album by the group Mephista, which comprises pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, electronic artist Ikue Mori and percussionist Susie Ibarra, which was released on the Tzadik label in 2002.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

In a review for AllMusic, Jesse Jarnow states "listening to Black Narcissus can be a confusing and trying experience. Each sound suggests something new, and all three musicians are wont to follow that impulse as quickly as possible. It is liberating and beautiful, but also so hyper that it is impossible to listen to with anything but rapt attention. Unless one commits fully to the disc, it will probably sound like an experimental annoyance. If one is willing to surrender, though, there is a rich world waiting".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mephista

  1. "The Children's Hour" - 3:25
  2. "Black Narcissus" - 6:45
  3. "Willow's Weep" - 8:11
  4. "Cabbalussa" - 7:05
  5. "Poison Ivy" - 3:25
  6. "Black Widow" - 14:47
  7. "Legend of Pele" - 6:03
  8. "Leda and the Swan" - 5:38
  9. "Laughing Medusa" - 3:13



  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue, accessed February 7, 2014
  2. ^ a b Jarnow, Jesse. Mephista – Black Narcissus: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2014.