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Zion80 plays John Zorn: Adramelech Zion80, by Ben Weitz

“A truly soulful experience”
NY Times

“A marvelous mashup”
Village Voice

Zion80 explores Jewish music – from Carlebach to Zorn and everything in between – through the lens of the Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof (Rashanim, Matisyahu), the 11-piece band arranges Jewish melodies using the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat, blended with the madness of the Downtown scene. Madof’s most ambitious project to date, Zion80 is blazing hot and tight as a drum. Spiritual, grooving and endlessly exciting, this is essential Jewish music for the 21st century.

Discography:
Live (2016, EJT Records)
Zion80 (2013, Tzadik Records)
Adramelech: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, vol. 22 (2014, Tzadik Records)

Zion80 is:
Jon Madof – guitar
Frank London – trumpet
Matt Darriau – alto sax
Greg Wall – tenor sax
Jessica Lurie – bari sax
Zach Mayer – bari sax
Brian Marsella – keyboards
Yoshie Fruchter – guitar
Shanir Blumenkranz – bass
Marlon Sobol – percussion
Yuval Lion – drums

Selected Performances:
Acht Brücken Festival – Cologne, Germany
Aperitivo in Concerto – Milan, Italy
Ashkenaz Festival – Toronto, Canada
JCC San Francisco
Jewish Culture Festival – Krakow, Poland
Joe’s Pub – NYC
Saalfelden Jazzfestival – Saalfelden, Austria
The Stone – NYC
Town Hall – NYC
Village Vanguard – NYC
Washington DC Jewish Music Festival

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