John Zorn's OLympiad - Vol. 2 Fencing 1978 (2022)

Track Listing

1. Fencing (Live At The Theatre Of Musical Optics)  29:52 
2. Fencing 300 Statues (Live At Bard)  28:53


Eugene Chadbourne - Guitar 
Duck Baker - Guitar (1)
Randy Hutton - Guitar (1)
Polly Bradfield - Violin (2)
John Zorn - Alto and Soprano Sax, Bb Clarinet (2)


All music composed, arranged and conducted by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama, Duck Baker (1), Eugene Chadbourne (1)
Recorded - Saturday July 29, 1978 at The Theatre Of Musical Optics (1)
Recorded Saturday August 5, 1978 at the Centre For Creative Education, Bard College, Kingston, NY by David Licht (2)
Mastering - Scott Hull 
Design - Chippy (Heung Heung Chin) 
Special Thanks to Eugene, Duck, Randy, George, Polly and David


Two extremely rare live recordings of the classic Zorn composition Fencing from the early days of the Downtown scene. Featuring two realizations of the piece - one recorded at Zorn’s artist loft The Theatre of Musical Optics with Eugene Chadbourne, Duck Baker, and Randy Hutton on guitars - and the other at Bard College with Chadbourne, Polly Bradfield, and John Zorn, a legendary concert that took place with George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, and Roscoe Mitchell in the audience. The music is astonishing - strange sounds, odd juxtapositions, stark silences, sudden explosions, all held together by a bizarre overarching compositional logic. 

Featuring a 16-page booklet replete with photos, scores, and extensive notes and remembrances by Zorn, Chadbourne, Baker, and George Lewis, this is a collector’s dream. Vexing and powerful sounds from the 1978 New York Underground!

Series:  Archival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ8390

Release Date:  July 8, 2022