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Z'Ev



Z'ev (born Stefan Weiser) straddles the nearly unbridgeable and highly volatile gulf between the art world and the music industry. Acclaimed as one of the world's best and most original percussionists, Weiser began recording in the late '60s in a handful of psych-out projects. By the late '70s, he took on the Z'ev moniker to explore the "spatial poetics" of the polyrhythmic clamor he had established with his hand-built percussive instruments. His dozens of collaborative projects expanded to include work with John Cage, Glenn Branca, The Hafler Trio, Psychic TV, and Rhythm & Noise

Translating Z'ev's kinetic performances onto sound-only recorded media does him a bit of an injustice, for it is an awesome sight to witness him heave a kinetic sculpture across a stage. These hulking percussive instruments, culled from the junkyards of the globe, consist of unwieldy pieces of sheet metal, giant coil springs, innumerable interconnected pipes, and several dozen 10-gallon plastic water bottles connected with heavy chains. Z'ev gracefully hurls the sculptures/instruments across the stage as a physical extension of his body, imbuing his crescendos of intense rhythmic crashing with a surprisingly calligraphic quality. While Z'ev occasionally goes into the studio to fabricate an explosive dynamic range, he sometimes sets up a couple of microphones in a large space and records a performance. The excerpt from Ghost Stories was recorded in such a manner at the Wang Concert Hall in Amsterdam. "Act One: Scene Three/Base Drums," "Act Three: Scene Four/New Titans," and "Act Four: Scene Four/Wayang" are all from Opus 3.1, which was recorded in the De Duif church (also in Amsterdam).