Mycale utterly dazzled with their precision harmonies and flute-like intonations” said Downbeat Magazine about Mycale’s performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Commissioned by composer John Zorn to arrange, perform and record selections from his “Book of Angels: Masada Book II”, vocalists Basya Schechter (Brooklyn), Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (Israel), Sofia Rei (Argentina) and Malika Zarra (Morocco) use words, sounds and vocal beats to bring a unique interpretation to Zorn’s compositions. They sing in Hebrew, Spanish, Yiddish, Arabic, Ladino and French, presenting their diverse cultural backgrounds and passionate vocals.
In 2004, Mac Arthur Fellow, composer and saxophonist John Zorn wrote over 300 new tunes for his popular Masada project. With these compositions he initiated a series of recordings featuring the best players out of the burgeoning Masada family, performing selections from Masada Book Two—The Book of Angels. This series includes artists such as Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Dave Douglas, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and more.Mycale’s first album on this series was released in 2010 (Mycale: Book of Angels, Vol 13). The quartet was recently commissioned by Zorn to create a second album for the series, anticipated to be recorded and released in early 2015.
Mycale is a group of four vocalists-arrangers, put together by Zorn in 2009 to create an acapella quartet that would collaboratively arrange selections from his Book of Angels compositions.
Expressive and passionate, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Sofia Rei, Sara Serpa and Malika Zarraare four of the most creative vocalists around. Each a band-leader, composer, arranger and improviser in her own right, they come together here in an intimate setting to interpret Zorn’s music and give it the flavours of their diverse cultural backgrounds. With lyrics in Hebrew, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic drawn from Rumi, Fernando Pessoa, Heraclitus, The Hebrew Bible and more, the Masada vocal project is hailed as one of the most hauntingly beautiful installments in the entire Angels series.
Mycale performs internationally, including recent performances at New York’s Metropolitan Museum (as part of the epic Zorn@60 event), Adelaide Festival in Australia, Re:Voice Festival in London, Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and Beit Avichai Cultural Center in Israel. Ayelet’s Jewish-Hebrew roots meet Sofia’s South American folkloric sound, Sara’s Portuguese intricate lines and Malika’s Moroccan muses. Together they sing Zorn’s music like you’ve never heard it before.
Tuvimos una gran noche.