Zion80 EPK

“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 10-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.

Warriors (coming in 2017, Chant Records)
Hod: Zion80 plays John Zorn’s Masada Book III (coming in 2017, Tzadik Records)
Live (2016, EJT Records)
Zion80 (2013, Tzadik Records)
Adramelech: Zion80 plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels, vol. 22 (2014, Tzadik Records)

Selected Performances
Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne)
Aperitivo in Concerto (Milan)
Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto)
Brooklyn Bowl (NYC)
JCC San Francisco
Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow)
Joe’s Pub (NYC)
Saalfelden Jazzfestival (Austria)
Town Hall (NYC)
Village Vanguard (NYC)
Washington DC Jewish Music Festival


New York Times

Soundcheck WNYC

Village Voice


Pop Matters

Times of Israel

Jewish Week

more press »

Zion80 live on Soundcheck WNYC (audio)



Photos (click for hi res)






Jon Madof – guitar, bandleader
Frank London – trumpet
Greg Wall – tenor saxophone
Jessica Lurie – baritone saxophone, flute
Zach Mayer – baritone saxophone
Yoshie Fruchter – guitar, bass
Brian Marsella – keyboards
Shanir Blumenkranz – bass
Marlon Sobol – percussion
Yuval Lion – drums
Special Guests:
Cyro Baptista – percussion
John Zorn – alto saxophone


Booking: zion80booking@gmail.com
General: info@Zion80.com