the book of heads //

Album label: 
Release date: 
01/01/2013
Recording location: 
Berlin
Recording date: 
Friday, June 1, 2012
Artwork design: 
Axel Haller
Mastering engineer: 
Thomas Gerwin
Mixing engineer: 
Christoph Funabashi
Recording engineer: 
Torsten Papenheim
  • 1. etude #1 (01:50)
  • 2. etude #2 (00:36)
  • 3. etude #3 (00:53)
  • 4. etude #4 (00:56)
  • 5. etude #5 (00:57)
  • 6. etude #6 (01:36)
  • 7. etude #7 (00:25)
  • 8. etude #8 (01:21)
  • 9. etude #9 (01:03)
  • 10. etude #10 (01:22)
  • 11. etude #11 (01:36)
  • 12. etude #12 (02:41)
  • 13. etude #13 (01:08)
  • 14. etude #14 (00:24)
  • 15. etude #15 (02:09)
  • 16. etude #16 (03:47)
  • 17. etude #17 (03:28)
  • 18. etude #18 (00:23)
  • 19. etude #19 (00:30)
  • 20. etude #20 (00:43)
  • 21. etude #21 (03:42)
  • 22. etude #22 (01:45)
  • 23. etude #23 (01:36)
  • 24. etude #24 (01:08)
  • 25. etude #25 (00:56)
  • 26. etude #26 (00:50)
  • 27. etude #27 (01:51)
  • 28. etude #28 (00:20)
  • 29. etude #29 (00:31)
  • 30. etude #30 (04:09)
  • 31. etude #31 (00:51)
  • 32. etude #32 (01:11)
  • 33. etude #33 (01:18)
  • 34. etude #34 (01:32)
  • 35. etude #35 (01:36)

Christoph Funabashi - guitar, objects, voice

john zorn
the book of heads
35 etudes for solo guitar
performed by christoph funabashi

composed by john zorn (1977)
published by theatre of musical objects (bmi)

" The true musicianship and creativity of Funabashi shines in each work as he treats each etude with ease and prowess. One fun aspect of listening to this is trying to determine exactly how the performer executed it live. It's a feat to have produced this album, let alone the recording or the performance itself. Kudos to schraum for taking this artistic leap on what most labels would consider perhaps too esoteric. Amazing in execution as well as composition, Funabashi's version of The Book of Heads demonstrates some of Zorn's earliest experiments and allusions to what would later become one of his long standing sonic trademarks. Etude #33 alone could be transcribed for the next Naked City album. This being only the second published version of the suite following Ribot's 1995 release on Tzadik, Funabashi lays down a finely crafted and creatively virtuosic interpretation of one of Zorn's most demanding works. Recommended."

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