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Eyal Maoz's Edom - Hope and Destruction

Eyal Maoz Edom Hope and Destruction
Eyal Maoz's Edom - Hope and Destruction
(CD/Digital) Tzadik Records, 2009-08-25

Eyal Maoz is a guitarist, bandleader and composer of great intensity and vision. Produced by Shanir Blumenkranz, this second CD by his band Edom pushes Radical Jewish Culture to exciting new places with the addition of keyboard maniac Brian Marsella and Israeli drummer Yuval Lion. Tight, driving and intense, Hope and Destruction presents powerful Jewish rock instrumentals from a cutting edge guitarist who combines the harmonic lyricism of Bill Frisell with the angst and skronk of Marc Ribot.

Eyal Maoz Edom Hope and Destruction
Eyal Maoz's Edom - Hope and Destruction
(CD/Digital) Tzadik Records, 2009-08-25

Tracklisting :
01. Messenger 4:49
02. Tsi 6:11
03. Slight Sun 4:10
04. Down 4:46
05. Rocks 4:00
06. Eagle 6:19
07. Shuki 4:43
08. Somewhere 5:31
09. King 4:31
10. Two 7:58
11. Skies 7:07
12. Shell 7:53

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Band Members :
Eyal Maoz - guitar
Brian Marsella - keyboards
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz - bass
Yuval Lion - drums

Press Release :
Where Avant-Garde meets New Wave, and echoes of Joy Division are counterposed with John Zorn's Electric Masada, begins the rocking odyssey of Edom.

Hope and Destruction is mythically shaped apocalyptic tale pierced with bursts of sunlight; intensely personal, it emotes the stories of pain and strength, devastation and joy, loneliness and celebration. It is a unique synthesis of futuristic rock with Jewish-middle-eastern jazz sounds.

Eyal Maoz's notorious one-of-a-kind approach to composition, transposed for this seasoned ensemble and produced by Shanir Ezra Blumankranz, bring the album into the much-too-rarely visited junction of instrumental pop and avant-garde.

The Musicians of Eyal Maoz's Edom :
Brian Marsella of Cyro Baptista's band is a young master of the Hammond B3 organ and extreme synthesizers. Shanir Blumenkranz is featured on over fifteen releases in the Tzadik catalog, participating in many of Zorn's own recordings. Yuval Lion of Pink Noise and Pharoah's Daughter, is a mainstay on the downtown scene. Adding the blistering guitar work of Eyal Maoz, an astonishing composer and guitarist, and a guest guitarist in John Zorn's Cobra, the sonic capabilities of Edom reach a radical high point.

In the News :
"Ecstatic music for a new generation" - John Zorn
"They go for the jugular with a broad-ranging palette of ideas. Loads of fun" - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
"The mesmerizing guitarist and composer Eyal Maozand his band Edom play Middle Eastern infected Avant rock" - Stephanie Steiker, The New Yorker
"A musical deep-thinker..." - Joe Warminsky, Washington City Paper, on Eyal Maoz

Select Appearances :
2005 Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival
2006 Manhattan Jewish Museum concert, Winter Jazzfest NYC, Brooklyn NEXT Festival
2007 Russia tour at Moscow and St. Petersburg, Kino Center (Ebensee, Austria), Sephardic Music Festival
2008 Special NPR program at WNYC
2009 Brooklyn Academy Of Music


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