Femina (album)

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Femina
Studio album by John Zorn
Released October 27, 2009
Recorded December 16-18, 2008
Genre Avant-garde, Jazz, Contemporary classical music
Length 35:24
Label Tzadik TZ 7377
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
O'o
(2009)
Femina
(2009)
Mycale: Book of Angels Volume 13
(2010)

Femina is an album by John Zorn recorded in New York City in December 2008 and released on the Tzadik label in October 2009.[1] The album is a tribute to the artistic creativity of women.

Reception[edit]

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

Allmusic said "The music is among Zorn's most immediately engaging. It still consists of the juxtaposition of brief, sometimes jarringly disjunct musical ideas that has been a characteristic of much of his work, but while there are still some grindingly dissonant sections, the tone is predominantly lyrical... Femina is an album that reveals yet another facet of the composer's multifarious creative personality and is one that could attract new listeners to his work. Highly recommended".[2] All About Jazz stated "The lyrical 35-minute piece lurches briskly from one mood to the next, vacillating from wispy introspective glissandos and airy impressionistic swells to concise thickets of caterwauling frenzy... In terms of aesthetics, Femina hearkens back to Zorn's early jump-cut style of writing and composing, bolstered by his current fascination with conventionally tuneful melodies and harmonies".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Zorn

  1. "Femina Part 1" - 11:42
  2. "Femina Part 2" - 10:11
  3. "Femina Part 3" - 10:15
  4. "Femina Part 4" - 3:16

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Marc Urselli - engineer, audio mixer
  • John Zorn and Kazunori Sugiyama – producers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tzadik Catalog, accessed October 16, 2013
  2. ^ a b Eddins, S. Allmusic Review, accessed October 16, 2013
  3. ^ Collins, T. All About Jazz Review, November 10, 2009