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Filmworks XX: Sholem Aleichem

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Released  September 16, 2008
Length  44:32
Artist  John Zorn
Producer  John Zorn
Recorded  2008
Label  Tzadik TZ 7369
Release date  16 September 2008
Filmworks XX: Sholem Aleichem wwwprogarchivescomprogressiverockdiscography
Filmworks XX Sholem Aleichem (2008)  Filmworks XXI Belle de Nature/The New Rijksmuseum (2008)
Filmworks XX Shalom Aleichem (2008)  Filmworks XXI Belle de Nature/The New Rijksmuseum (2008)
Movie  Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Genres  Jazz, Avant-garde, Contemporary classical music
Similar  John Zorn albums, Avant-garde albums, Other albums

Filmworks XX: Sholem Aleichem features a score for film by John Zorn. The album was released on Zorn's own label, Tzadik Records, in 2008 and contains music that Zorn wrote and recorded for a documentary on the 19th century Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem.



The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "Musically, this project, for being centered on the folk themes from Eastern European Jewry, dating as early as the 18th century, is also wonderfully modern and diverse... The music here is accessible, evocative, and yes, as is almost always the case for Zorn, thoroughly engaging".

Track listing

All compositions by John Zorn

  1. "Shalom, Sholem!" - 2:11
  2. "Luminous Visions" - 4:12
  3. "Mamme Loshen" - 3:18
  4. "Beyond the Pale" - 2:25
  5. "Mekubolim" - 4:36
  6. "Portable Homeland" - 4:06
  7. "Wandering Star" - 3:19
  8. "Jewish Revolutionaries" - 4:59
  9. "Shtetls" - 3:02
  10. "Lucky Me, I'm an Orphan!" - 3:47
  11. "Nicht Gefährlich" - 3:42
  12. "Talking Through Oblivion" - 4:46


  • Mark Feldman - violin
  • Carol Emanuel - harp
  • Rob Burger - accordion
  • Erik Friedlander - cello
  • Greg Cohen - bass
  • Songs

    1Shalom - Sholem!2:11
    2Luminous Visions4:12
    3Mamme Loshen3:19


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