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Mycale is a group of four vocalists-composers-arrangers, put together by Zorn in 2009 to create an A Cappella quartet that would collaboratively arrange selections from his Book of Angels compositions.

 

In 2004, Mac Arthur Fellow, composer and saxophonist John Zorn wrote over 300 new tunes for his popular Masada project. With these compositions he initiated a series of recordings featuring the best players out of the burgeoning Masada family, performing selections from Masada Book Two—The Book of Angels. This series includes artists such as Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Dave Douglas, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and more.

 

Expressive and passionate, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (Israel), Sofia Rei (Argentina), Sara Serpa (Portugal) and Malika Zarra (Morocco) are four of the most creative vocalists around.

Each a band-leader, composer, arranger and improviser in her own right, they come together here in an intimate setting to interpret Zorn’s music and give it the flavors of their diverse cultural backgrounds. With lyrics in Hebrew, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic drawn from Rumi, Fernando Pessoa, Heraclitus, The Hebrew Bible and more, the Masada vocal project is hailed as one of the most hauntingly beautiful installments in the entire Angels series.

 

Mycale performs internationally, including recent performances at New York’s Metropolitan Museum (as part of the epic Zorn@60 event), Adelaide Festival in Australia, Re:Voice Festival in London, Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and Beit Avichai Cultural Center in Israel.  Ayelet’s Jewish-Hebrew roots meet Sofia’s South American folkloric sound, Sara’s Portuguese intricate lines and Malika’s Moroccan muses. Together they sing Zorn’s music like you’ve never heard it before.

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Personnel:
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Vocals
Sofia Rei: Vocals
Sara Serpa: Vocals
Malika Zarra: Vocals

Gomory, Mycale’s second release finds the band tighter than ever. The quartet approaches the Masada music with a sensitive ear, an open heart and a creative imagination. Using a variety of texts in Portuguese, Berber, Hebrew, French and Spanish, they fashion lush harmonies and strong rhythmic drive to bring Zorn’s lyrical and elusive melodies to life like never before.  

 

Using a variety of texts in Portuguese, Berber, Hebrew, French and Spanish, they fashion lush harmonies and strong rhythmic drive to bring Zorn’s lyrical and elusive melodies to life like never before.

 

A transcendent follow-up to their debut recording, Gomory is truly Music of the Angels.

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Personnel:
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Voice
Sofia Rei Koutsovitis: Voice
Basya Schecter: Voice
Malika Zarra: Voice

Gomory, Mycale’s second release finds the band tighter than ever. The quartet approaches the Masada music with a sensitive ear, an open heart and a creative imagination. Using a variety of texts in Portuguese, Berber, Hebrew, French and Spanish, they fashion lush harmonies and strong rhythmic drive to bring Zorn’s lyrical and elusive melodies to life like never before.  

 

Using a variety of texts in Portuguese, Berber, Hebrew, French and Spanish, they fashion lush harmonies and strong rhythmic drive to bring Zorn’s lyrical and elusive melodies to life like never before.

 

A transcendent follow-up to their debut recording, Gomory is truly Music of the Angels.