Arcana: Musicians on Music. John Zorn. Granary Books & Hip’s Road. 2000.

Arcana: Musicians on Music.

Granary Books & Hip’s Road, 2000. Item #GB_74
ISBN: 9781887123273

6 1/2 x 10 in., 379 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.

“It is understood that a critic’s job is not an easy one, but it is a source of great surprise and disappointment to me that after more than twenty years of music-making on the New York scene, except for the occasional review in trade magazines/periodicals, not one single writer has ever come forward to champion or even to intelligently analyze exactly what it is that we have been doing.”
–John Zorn, preface to Arcana

Arcana is a vibrant testimony to the continuing vitality of new music. These exciting young composers are as idiosyncratic and eloquent with words as they are with music.”
–Meredith Monk

Arcana is an anthology of writings, working notes, scores, interviews, and manifestos from an incredible collection of avant-garde/experimental musicians and composers familiar to those with an ear to the ground of what’s new and interesting in recent music. There are 30 contributors to this rich collection, and they include many of the most respected, innovative, and provocative players and composers in the present generation: Chris Brown, Anthony Coleman, Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser, Stephen Drury, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Peter Garland, Gerry Hemingway, Scott Johnson, Eyvind Kang, Guy Klucevsek, George Lewis, David Mahler, Miya Masaoka, Myra Melford, Ikue Mori, Larry Ochs, Bob Ostertag, John Oswald, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, David Rosenboom, John Schott, Elliott Sharp, David Shea, Frances-Marie Uitti, Lois V Vierk, Z’EV, and John Zorn. It contains a preface by the editor and a discography. This is a book that has been needed for quite some time, and it has found a welcoming audience among musicians, composers, theorists, and fans alike.

Co-published with Hip’s Road. Designed by Philip Gallo at The Hermetic Press. Cover designed by Heung-Heung Chin. Printed offset and now in its third printing, which consists of 3000 copies. Fine.


Further reading: collected reviews and press, including Publisher's Weekly and David Toop in Book Forum. 

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