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Zorn is OneOfUs in the sense that he started composing at an early age and build up a staggering album collection of hundreds of artists, whose influence he drenched into his own work and he frequently pays tribute too. He maintains independence from the mainstream music by working on his own independent label Tzadik. This allows him to both bring out solo records as well as producing and working with many different bands, such as:

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Zorn is OneOfUs JustForFun/OneOfUs in the sense that he started composing at an early age and build up a staggering album collection of hundreds of artists, whose influence he drenched into his own work and he frequently pays tribute too. He maintains independence from the mainstream music by working on his own independent label Tzadik. This allows him to both bring out solo records as well as producing and working with many different bands, such as:


* {{Homage}}: Zorn has released several albums that are odes to artists and works he likes: Creator/MickeySpillane, Creator/JeanLucGodard, Music/EnnioMorricone ("The Big Gundown" (1985)), Music/OrnetteColeman, Marguerite Duras, Marcel Duchamp, Bruno Schultz, Creator/ArthurRimbaud, ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'',...

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Zorn has released several albums that are odes to artists and works he likes: Creator/MickeySpillane, Creator/JeanLucGodard, Music/EnnioMorricone ("The Big Gundown" (1985)), Music/OrnetteColeman, Marguerite Duras, Marcel Duchamp, Bruno Schultz, Creator/ArthurRimbaud, ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'',...


Zorn also appears in the 1992 documentary ''The Revenge Of The Dead Indians'', where he and various celebrities (Creator/NoamChomsky, Creator/MattGroening, Iannis Xenakis, Music/FrankZappa, Pierre Boulez, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/DennisHopper, Yehudi Menuhin, Benoît Mandelbrot, Music/YokoOno) talk about the influence of Music/JohnCage. He's also the subject of an idiosyncratic documentary, Claudia Heuermann's 2004 film ''A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn''.

The {{Grindcore}} band "Fuck the Facts" was named after a track on the debut album of Zorn's Naked City band. Another band that ranks Zorn among its influences is Music/{{Candiria}}. The tracks "Bonehead" and "Hellraiser" from "Torture Garden" (1990) are used in the opening scene from ''Film/FunnyGames'' (1998) and (2007).

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Zorn also appears in the 1992 documentary ''The Revenge Of The of the Dead Indians'', where he and various celebrities (Creator/NoamChomsky, Creator/MattGroening, Iannis Xenakis, Music/FrankZappa, Pierre Boulez, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/DennisHopper, Yehudi Menuhin, Benoît Mandelbrot, Music/YokoOno) talk about the influence of Music/JohnCage. He's also the subject of an idiosyncratic documentary, Claudia Heuermann's 2004 film ''A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn''.

The {{Grindcore}} band "Fuck the Facts" was named after a track on the debut album of Zorn's Naked City band. Another band that ranks Zorn among its influences is Music/{{Candiria}}. The tracks "Bonehead" and "Hellraiser" from "Torture Garden" (1990) are used in the opening scene from ''Film/FunnyGames'' (1998) (1998 and (2007).2007).


John Zorn (1953--) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, {{Blues}}, movie soundtracks... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.

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John Zorn (1953--) (born September 2, 1953) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, {{Blues}}, movie soundtracks... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.


'''John Zorn''' (1953--) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, {{Blues}}, movie soundtracks... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.

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'''John Zorn''' John Zorn (1953--) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, {{Blues}}, movie soundtracks... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.



** "Grand Guignol" (1992) and "Heretic" (1992) are dedicated to film director Jack Smith. The former album also justifies its obsession with taboos, fear, terror and evil by making a comparison to the works of Creator/{{Aristotle}}, Creator/{{Aeschylus}}, Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Marquis de Sade, Creator/FranciscoDeGoya, Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, Creator/SalvadorDali, Georges Bataille, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Irving Klaw, Francis Bacon, Dan Oniroku, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Hermann Nitsch and Music/{{Carcass}}.

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** "Grand Guignol" (1992) and "Heretic" (1992) are dedicated to film director Jack Smith. The former album also justifies its obsession with taboos, fear, terror and evil by making a comparison to the works of Creator/{{Aristotle}}, Creator/{{Aeschylus}}, Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Marquis de Sade, Creator/MarquisDeSade, Creator/FranciscoDeGoya, Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, Creator/SalvadorDali, Georges Bataille, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Irving Klaw, Francis Bacon, Dan Oniroku, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Creator/HerschellGordonLewis, Hermann Nitsch and Music/{{Carcass}}.

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* NightmareFuel: "Kristallnacht" is an album about UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. As such it's quite disturbing. The second track, "Never Again", consists of twelve minutes of the sound of glass breaking, chopped-up Hitler speeches, footsteps, discordant violins, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking klezmer]], and [[HellIsThatNoise a high-pitched squeal]]. The liner notes warn that the song can cause nausea and headaches.


** His band Naked City features contributions of NoiseRock band members like Music/{{Boredoms}}, Music/NapalmDeath, Music/{{Carcass}},... On the album "Grand Guignol" (1992) Bob Dorough, composer for ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' and Music/MilesDavis, is special guest.

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** His band Naked City features contributions of from NoiseRock band members like Music/{{Boredoms}}, Music/NapalmDeath, Music/{{Carcass}},... and Music/{{Carcass}}, but more significantly, the band's guitarist was jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and its bass guitarist was Music/HenryCow guitarist Fred Frith, both of whom have illustrious solo careers.
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On the album "Grand Guignol" (1992) Bob Dorough, composer for ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' and Music/MilesDavis, is special guest.


** "BeuysBlock" on 2001's ''Songs from the Hermetic Theater'' is a tribute to German artist Joseph Beuys.

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** "BeuysBlock" "[=BeuysBlock=]" on 2001's ''Songs from the Hermetic Theater'' is a tribute to German artist Joseph Beuys.


** The track "Shibboleth" on "From Silence to Sorcery" (2007) is a tribute to the Jewish poet Paul Celan.

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** "BeuysBlock" on 2001's ''Songs from the Hermetic Theater'' is a tribute to German artist Joseph Beuys.
** The track "Shibboleth" on "From ''From Silence to Sorcery" Sorcery'' (2007) is a tribute to the Jewish poet Paul Celan.



* JackOfAllTrades: Zorn is skilled in alto saxophone, pipe organ, clarinet, flute, keyboards, vocals, guitar, double bass, drums, percussion, theremin and wind machine.

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* JackOfAllTrades: Zorn is skilled in alto saxophone, pipe organ, clarinet, flute, keyboards, vocals, guitar, double bass, drums, percussion, theremin and theremin, wind machine.machine and (notoriously) duck calls, although his primary instrument, and the one he can wreak most havoc with, is alto sax.


'''John Zorn''' (1953--) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, movie soundtracks, ... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.

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'''John Zorn''' (1953--) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, {{Blues}}, movie soundtracks, ...soundtracks... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.


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** "Two-Lane Highway" on ''Spillane'' is essentially a concerto written for, and featuring, blues guitarist Albert Collins.


Zorn also appears in the 1992 documentary ''The Revenge Of The Dead Indians'', where he and various celebrities (Creator/NoamChomsky, Creator/MattGroening, Iannis Xenakis, Music/FrankZappa, Pierre Boulez, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/DennisHopper, Yehudi Menuhin, Benoît Mandelbrot, Music/YokoOno) talk about the influence of Music/JohnCage. He's also the subject of an idiosyncratic documentary, Claudia Heuermann's 2004 film ''A Bookshelp on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn''.

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Zorn also appears in the 1992 documentary ''The Revenge Of The Dead Indians'', where he and various celebrities (Creator/NoamChomsky, Creator/MattGroening, Iannis Xenakis, Music/FrankZappa, Pierre Boulez, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/DennisHopper, Yehudi Menuhin, Benoît Mandelbrot, Music/YokoOno) talk about the influence of Music/JohnCage. He's also the subject of an idiosyncratic documentary, Claudia Heuermann's 2004 film ''A Bookshelp Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn''.


'''John Zorn''' (1953) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. Name '''any''' music and he's performed it: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, movie soundtracks, ... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occassions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.

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'''John Zorn''' (1953) (1953--) is one of the most eclectic composers and musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. Name '''any''' music and he's performed it: There are few Western musical forms he hasn't had a go at: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, movie soundtracks, ... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occassions occasions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.



People who want to dive into Zorn's work may experience ArchivePanic. He has more than 400 recordings attached to his name! And some albums may be too inaccessible for the general public.

Still, he may be the most extraordinary musician of today, who is nevertheless still a [[CultClassic cult figure]] rather than a household name.

Zorn also appears in the 1992 documentary ''The Revenge Of The Dead Indians'', where he and various celebrities (Creator/NoamChomsky, Creator/MattGroening, Iannis Xenakis, Music/FrankZappa, Pierre Boulez, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/DennisHopper, Yehudi Menuhin, Benoît Mandelbrot, Music/YokoOno) talk about the influence of Music/JohnCage.

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People who want to dive into Zorn's work may experience ArchivePanic. He has more than 400 recordings attached to his name! And some albums may be too inaccessible for the general public.

Still, he may be the most extraordinary musician of today, who is nevertheless still
public. This makes him a [[CultClassic cult figure]] figure]], rather than a household name.

Zorn also appears in the 1992 documentary ''The Revenge Of The Dead Indians'', where he and various celebrities (Creator/NoamChomsky, Creator/MattGroening, Iannis Xenakis, Music/FrankZappa, Pierre Boulez, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/DennisHopper, Yehudi Menuhin, Benoît Mandelbrot, Music/YokoOno) talk about the influence of Music/JohnCage.
Music/JohnCage. He's also the subject of an idiosyncratic documentary, Claudia Heuermann's 2004 film ''A Bookshelp on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn''.


'''John Zorn''' (1953) is the most eclectic composer and musician alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. Name '''any''' music and he's performed it: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, movie soundtracks, ... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occassions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.

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'''John Zorn''' (1953) is one of the most eclectic composer composers and musician musicians alive today. He is a multi-instrumentalist, often classified as a {{Jazz}} or AvantGardeMusic artist, but his music is far more diverse. The man is the best musical example of GenreRoulette. Name '''any''' music and he's performed it: {{Jazz}}, AvantGardeMusic, ClassicalMusic, {{Rock}}, PunkRock, SurfRock, ElectronicMusic, {{Ambient}}, Klezmer, {{Improv}}, {{Hardcore}}, {{Grindcore}}, DeathMetal, {{Reggae}}, movie soundtracks, ... Not only that, but he mixes all of them together and switches back and forth between them, much like somebody surfing TV channels. He had said on many occassions that composer Mauricio Kagel was his first musical hero, who sparked his interest in experimental music. Another big influence is Carl Stalling, best known as the composer of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons.


** The track "À Rebours" on "Music and its Double" (2012) is dedicated to composer Music/GyorgyLigeti, while "La Machine De L' Être" on the same album is inspired by Antonin Artaud.

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** The track "À Rebours" on "Music and its Double" (2012) is dedicated to composer Music/GyorgyLigeti, ''Gyorgy Ligeti,'' while "La Machine De L' de l' Être" on the same album is inspired by Antonin Artaud. Artaud.

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