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“A truly soulful experience”- NY Times
“An energetic and spiritual genre mash-up that must be heard” – Soundcheck WNYC
“Ecstatic Jewish music with Fela Kuti’s swaggering afrobeat sound” – Village Voice

Zion80 is a 10-piece, horn-heavy band combining the mystical melodies of Jewish music with the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat and the improvisational madness of avant-garde jazz. Led by guitarist, composer and producer Jon Madof (John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Matisyahu), Zion80’s lineup is bolstered by guitars, keys, drums and percussion to create a massive sound that brings audiences to their feet and blasts them right in their souls.

Zion80 is:

Jon Madof – guitar
Frank London – trumpet
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
Sarajevo Jazz Festival
The Stone – NYC
Town Hall – NYC
Village Vanguard – NYC
Washington DC Jewish Music Festival




New York Times

Soundcheck WNYC

Village Voice


Pop Matters

The Third Story Podcast

Times of Israel

Jewish Week

more press »

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Zion80 Tech Rider

Zion80 Stage Plot


Booking: zion80booking@gmail.com
General: jonmadof@gmail.com