John Zorn's Painkiller


Sat, Jun 18, 2005
8 pm
Admission: 13 Euro, concessions 10 Euro
John Zorn, Painkiller, Copyright: Ziga Koritnik

John Zorn, the enfant terrible of New Music and Jazz, Bill Laswell, Jazz musician and producer have joined forces with a drummer from the hardest Japanese Noise-Rock school. “The most annoying free-jazz heavy metal you can imagine.“ (

Their music is controversial, refuses all attempts to pin it down, and explodes the framework of the genre: John Zorn, Painkiller’s leader, is one of the most important composers and musicians on the New York scene. His work ranges from cover versions of Ennio Morricone’s records to "game pieces" - improvisations based on a cleverly devised system of rules - and from the radical renewal of Jewish music to noise. With Painkiller, John Zorn has moved further away than ever before from traditional hearing habits: wild sound textures, bizarre rhythms, a saxophone that alternates between screaming solos and subtle nuances. The bass is played by legendary Jazz producer Bill Laswell, who has worked with William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Brian Eno and Carlos Santana. And with Yoshida Tatsuya on the drums, they have one of the most innovative drummer-composers on the Japanese avant-garde scene.

Saxophone: John Zorn

Bass: Bill Laswell

Drums: Yoshida Tatsuya