are a brutal
improv-noise trio consisting of John Zorn [Alto-Saxophone, Voice], Mike
Patton [Voice, Electronics], and Ikue Mori [Drum Machines, Electronics].
Three musicians responsible for releasing music from the outer reaches
of musical madness. Tzadik's Special Edition Hemophiliac 2CD set (2500
copies) was autographed by John Zorn, Mike Patton, and Ikue Mori and distributed
worldwide by Tzadik, Ipecac, and the Downtown Music Gallery. Each musician
signed there name on the front cover of the packaging which included four
image cards inside the fold-out CD case. This
instantly became an extremely
item and quickly sold-out due to it's initial print quantity and the fact
that it will never be re-issued.
On Hemophiliac's New Years Eve performance, The Tonic was packed with
two-hundred music enthusiasts anticipating an unforgettable show. What
they experienced proved to be a phenomenal evening of extreme music initiated
by the noise trio Hemophiliac. John Zorn's distinctive alto-sax performing
style was both liberating and provocative. Mike Patton delivered focused
improvisation with vocal manipulations and electronic wizardry. Ikue Mori
developed her intriguing world of live samples which included glass droplets
and ambient clicks. Using the strength of an Apple G4 PowerBook, Ikue
Mori has written an idiosyncratic language for percussive electronics
with ambient sound design. Both Mike Patton and John Zorn seem to have
an exceptional relationship for musical cues that could almost be telepathic.
John Zorn's paternalistic bond with Mike Patton is clearly noticed between
each track when they share a respectful glance together. Both are loyal
collaborators on each others studio projects, however, when witnessing
them together something sincerely paranormal happens. Hemophiliac is the
most incredibly intense live performance ever experienced!
Hemophiliac's debut release was recorded between 2000 and 2002 in various
locations throughout Europe and the United States. It was then professional
mixed together to produce a high quality live recording. The album's bizarre
terrain explores a vast landscape of music within an improvisational context.
One track in particular, "The Stitch" features unforgiving saxophone
shrieks, vocal blasts, and even some impromptu rapping from John Zorn.
Additional highlights from the 2CD set include "Skin Eruptions",
and animal cues on "Malabsorption". Hemophiliac's second
release "50th Birthday Celebration Volume Six" was recorded
live at The Tonic in New York on September 1, 2003. This album continues
to explore the fascinating and intriguing world of amorphous arrangements.
Hemophiliac have harnessed a scary sonic storm with some of the wildest
improvisational music ever conceived.