Arcana has ratings and 12 reviews. Gåry! said: It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. These texts are for the seriously deranged opp. ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>. Results 1 – 30 of 53 Arcana by Zorn, John and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Musicians on Musicavant-garde composer and saxophone player John Zorn wrote: Just a moment while we sign you sorn to your Goodreads account. The essays work at different purposes.

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Wide variety of stuff here. Jan 23, Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: Answering a need zprn critical attention towards experimental and avant-garde music, Arcana is a ground-breaking work–as far-ranging and dynamic as the current generation of musicians.

Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer. I was expecting an essay or two by John Zorn, rather than a brief extremely introduction and a list of images. Each author contributes something completely different.

Rather than attempting to distill or define musician’s work, ARCANA illuminates it with personal vision and experience. Definitely for musical prodigies stricken with chronic individualism. Agcana example, Scott Johnson has a long essay on aesthetics and Bill Frisell shows how he uses open strings on the guitar to create resonant melodies.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Not for students learning to play the violin to satisfy their parents. Return to Book Page. Definitely contains some worthwhile gems, but Zorn’s seemingly hands-off editing approach has resulted in a pretty scattershot collection.


Musicians on Music Edited by John Zorn. No trivia or quizzes yet. View all 3 comments. In his preface to the first Arcana: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Some pages are actual hand-written scores from the musicians involved in the book, showing examples of their non-conformist approach to composing. Arcana III is the third groundbreaking collection of johhn writings on avant-garde and experimental music put together by editor and experimental music legend John Zorn.

Feb 12, Tristan rated it really liked it. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 24, Each musician is given the space to discuss and illuminate their thoughts on music.

Through manifestos, scores, interviews, notes and critical papers, contributors to this in-depth anthology address composing, playing, improvising, teaching, and thinking in and through music. Bob rated it it was amazing Oct adcana, For centuries musicians have tapped into mysticism, magic and alchemy, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer, and experimenting with esoteric approaches to harmony, pitch and vibration.

Musicians on Music Edited and with preface by John Zorn.

This combination of insight, theoretical arguments, pretentiousness, and humor make Arcana a representative cross-section of the scene it sets out to define.

Roberto rated it liked it Dec 15, Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Tzizit is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Mar 19, Charlie racana it liked it.

It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. Others were fr I had very different expectations for this book, and I had for years.


Zorn is a prolific artist: Some of the essays are fascinating glimpses into how artists of News York’s so-called “downtown” scene think about and create their work while others in the collection are piles of self-indulgent babble.

John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener. Musicians on Music Edited with preface by John Zorn. Paperbackpages. Musicians on Music John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series, now in its seventh installment, is a major source on new music theory and practice in the twenty-first century. It has to be appreciated before entering this world that musicians are not necessarily great writers.

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Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately arcanna are my feelings upon this collection. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jun 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. Very good so far.

I am usually all for diversity, but you get the impression that some of these people would have never even of picked up a pen if Zorn hadn’t persuaded them to do it, which is a shame because some of the bits in here are really interesting.

Others were frustratingly un-written.