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Published on Dec 29, 2011
For the John Zorn fans out there. This was in parts on youtube, but I felt it needed to be uploaded uncut for everyone to view in one piece.
A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn is a documentary film on avant garde composer and musician John Zorn directed by Claudia Heuermann. It features performances of a range of Zorn's music and includes appearances by Joey Baron, Greg Cohen, Dave Douglas, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Mike Patton, and Marc Ribot. It won the Bavarian Documentary Award in 2002
Claudia Heuermann's A Bookshelf On Top of the Sky gives us a rare peek into the working methods of one of the most notorious and reclusive composers on the scene today. Filmed over a ten year period, this documentary includes live footage of Masada, Naked City, Cobra, as well as improvisations, his classical work and rare interviews. A prize winner at European festivals, this film documents Heuermann's very personal, fifteen year odyssey with the music of John Zorn. At times frightening, at times hilarious, at times frighteningly hilarious.
Musicians: Cyro Baptista Joey Baron Stefan Blum Anna Carewe Jennifer Choi Greg Cohen Anthony Coleman Ariadne Daskalakis Uwe Dierksen Dave Douglas Mark Dresser Yamataka Eye Mark Feldman Erik Friedlander Bill Frisell Fred Frith Mihoko Fujimura Joyce Hammann Wayne Horvitz Susie Ibarra Matthias Kaul Otis Klöber Briggan Krauss Bill Laswell Hartmut Leistritz Dave Lombardo John Medeski Ikue Mori Nele B. Nelle Mike Patton Jim Pugliese Marc Ribot Roberto Rodriguez Josh Roseman Jamie Saft Astrid Schmeling Michael Schröder Stefan Schäfer David Shea Chris Speed Jim Staley Mason Wendell William Winant Kenny Wollesen John Zorn