May 21, 1954 |
Newark, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Experimental, alternative, avant garde, electronic, hardcore punk|
|Labels||Antilles, Avant, DIW, Atlantic, Tzadik, Pi|
|Associated acts||Lounge Lizards, Shrek, Los Cubanos Postizos, Bar Kokhba Sextet, Electric Masada, Jazz Passengers, Young Philadelphians, John Zorn, Tom Waits|
I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene.
Influence, people think about it as someone you like but influence is also what you're revolted by. In fact, often it's what you're running away from.
Jazz is a music of great achievements but speed and chops serve a different function in jazz.
I'm not a really good classical guitarist by any means, but what I learned from this is a way of working very slowly on solo pieces and I enjoyed working on these pieces of John's. They were not written for solo guitar but a lot of them were easy to adapt.