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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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One of the most useful parts of the book is the Recommended Listening section at the end. Mar 27, Geoffrey Olsen rated it it was amazing. Terrific collection of essays and other writings.

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Jun 18, David Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Mark Gallay rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Musicians on Music Edited by John Zorn. Bob rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Definitely contains some worthwhile gems, but Zorn’s seemingly hands-off editing approach has resulted in a pretty scattershot collection. Each essay is unique and propels you into the zrcana of the writer.

Roberto rated it liked it Dec 15, Jun 18, Jeffrey rated it liked it. Now in its fourth installment, with a fifth in preparation, John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series provides insight into the work and methodologies of some of the most creative musical minds of our time.

Rather than attempting to distill or define musician’s work, ARCANA illuminates it with personal vision and experience. Answering a need for 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. Grand rated it it was amazing Dec 30, It highlights some important recordings from the past arcqna decades that have mostly been ignored due to their departure from typical composition designs.


The essays work at different purposes. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Preview — Arcana by John Zorn.

That said, he is a genius and a major influence on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to metal. Some musicians write really well and some really don’t. Some are genuinely interesting, some dry and technical, some painfully pedantic, and some just kind of dumb.

Astounding, confusing, challenging, humerous, and ultimately engaging are my feelings upon this collection. These texts are for the seriously deranged opponent of conformity.

Arcana: Musicians on Music by John Zorn

Want to Read saving…. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. Published January 2nd by “Granary Books” first published July 1st To ask other readers questions about Arcanaplease sign up. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 24, His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.

Feb 12, Tristan rated it really liked it. Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Atcana is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Texts by Yamataka Eye, J. Musicians on Music Edited with preface by John Zorn.


John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener. For 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. For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers of our time.

Open Preview See a Problem? Reading this as a jihn attuned my ear and mind in new ways to music.

Arcana: Musicians on Music

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book should have been a perfect fit for me, but in actuality reading it was a mixed pleasure. Josh rated it really liked it Oct 15, Others were frustratingly un-written. I am usually all for diversity, but you get the impression that some of mohn 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.

Zorn is a prolific artist: Masta Lee rated it liked it Oct 23, Jan 10, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.