Composer John Zorn has been working on his Masada series for 25 years. Now and then he adds a chapter, each time full of melodic songs that refer to the Jewish tradition. He initially wrote them for the musicians around him. Musicians from the New York downtown scene such as Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot. Later, well-known names such as Pat Metheny and Medeski, Martin & Wood were added. With The Book Beri’ah he has reached the final chapter of the series.
The European maestros Hermia, Darrifourcq and Ceccaldi freely deal with different styles and cultures, in a special line-up: tenor sax, cello and drums. Valentin Ceccaldi is the great cello promise of Europe. He is active in both classical orchestras and jazz ensembles. He knows drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq from the Parisian Tricollectif, who previously collaborated with improvisers such as Emile Parisien, Joëlle Léandre and Marc Ducret. Saxophonist Manuel Hermia incorporates sounds from all over the world in his playing, always with that recognizable primal scream of free jazz.