JUST RELEASED by Tzadik Books- a very interesting new work edited by John Zorn.
Mysticism, magic and alchemy all come into play in the creative process. For centuries musicians have tapped into things spiritual, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer deeply into their life and work. Although the connection of music to mysticism has been consistent, well documented and productive, it is still shrouded in mystery and largely misunderstood. For this special edition, Arcana focuses on the nexus of mysticism and spirituality in the magical act of making music. Far from an historical overview or cold musicologist’s study, these essays illuminate a fascinating and elusive subject via the eloquent voices of today’s most distinguished modern practitioners and greatest occult thinkers, providing insights into the esoteric traditions and mysteries involved in the composition and performance of the most mystical of all arts.
Some interesting musical and magical luminaries making contributions:
William Breeze aka Hymenaeus Beta, the leader of the O.T.O.
Genesis P-Orridge, formerly of Psychic TV.
Peter Lamborn Wilson, Sufi expert, guerilla poet, angelologist.
Terry Riley, avant garde composer.
Fred Frith, one of the world's best guitarists, experimental composer.
David Toop, premeir writer on ambient music.
Sharron Gannon, Jivamukti yoga teacher and musician.
Milford Graves, top, distinctively original, experimental jazz drummer.
And quite a few others. It's a 460 page softcover edition. Available here. Click on "Books" on the top right.