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“A truly soulful experience”
NY Times

“A marvelous mashup”
Village Voice

Zion80 explores Jewish music 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.

John Zorn: The Book Beriah (2018, Tzadik Records)
Warriors (2017, Chant Records)
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
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 »

Zion80 live on Soundcheck WNYC (audio)



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Zion80 Tech Rider

Zion80 Stage Plot


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