Abraxas plays Masada Book 2 (live). Inspired by the magical writings of Giordano Bruno, Alejandro Jodorowski and others, John Zorn wrote a daring collection of compositions for the formation ABRAXAS around Ezra Blumenkranz, bringing the musicians to their limits. With a program that ranges from some of the most intense ritualistic sounds up to the most delicate minimalist odes, we hear a surprising new facet wrath mystical series in Psychomagia – comparable in intensity and strength with formations like Moonchild, Painkiller and Naked City.
Blending a punk rock sensibility with Sephardic tribalism via a taste of North African Gnawa magic, Abraxas is one of the most primal and rocking ensembles in the Masada family. After extensive touring with music from the Book of Angels, they stormed into Bill Laswell’s studio to record an even more intense CD of Masada Book Three. Upheld by the pulsating sound of Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’s gimbri and the dynamic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, Aram Bajakian and Eyal Maoz push their guitars to the limits. Hypnotic grooves and trance-inducing guitar solos with arrangements that stop on a dime create a CD of white hot intensity.
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Gimbri, Bass
Aram Bajakian: Guitar
Eyal Maoz: Guitar
Kenny Grohowski: Drvms