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JZ created the score for Academy Award nominated Director Kim Nguyen's new feature film Two Lovers and a Bear featuring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan! The film is being presented at this year's (2016) Toronto International Film Festival and arrives in selected theatres Oct. 7th.
Some tracks from the JZ produced album 'Animism' by Tanya Tagaq will appear in the new film by groundbreaking Inuk filmaker Zacharius Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner). His new film, entitled 'Maliglutit (Searchers)' will also be presented at the Toronto International Film Festival! Listen for JZ's trademark moning violin/viola during some essential scenes!
New albums coming out this fall (2016) featuring production and performance work from JZ include Tanya Tagaq's Retribution and Fond of Tigers' Uninhabit.
JZ had the recent priviledge of performing Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians' in Toronto at the renowned venue Massey Hall this past spring! The performance was a celebration of Mr. Reich's 80'th birthday and was a smashing success. Exclaim! reviewed the show here!
JZ contributed to the music soundscape for acclaimed director Nettie Wild's new full length documentary Koneline: our land beautiful. The film has been receiving rave reviews! The film will show at the Vancouver International Film Festival this October (2016)!
Check out JZ's IMDB page here!
JZ's string work can be found on new albums by Destroyer, Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, Frog Eyes and Stars!
Check out Brian D. Johnson's great 2015 doc Al Purdy Was Here to see and hear a special musical performance by JZ, Tanya Tagaq and Joseph Boyden behind an important Al Purdy poem!
JZ was named Producer of the Year at 2015's Western Canadian Music Awards and nominated for Producer of the Year at 2015's Juno Awards for his work on Tanya Tagaq's album Animism!
JZ has been nominated for Achievement in Music - Original Score at 2015's Canadian Screen Awards for the soundtrack he created with Dan Mangan to the film Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg & Rosamund Pike. The Score is available for purchase from Itunes!
Tagaq's Animism, produced by Jesse Zubot, was named #1 ALBUM FOR 2014 in Now Magazine, Maclean's Magazine & The Montreal Gazette. Animism also won Canada's esteemed Polaris Prize!
There have been a ton of great reviews for Animism! Here are a few from Wondering Sound, Exclaim!, The New York Times and the Toronto Star!
In february of 2014, JZ had his first string quartet performed and recorded in Vancouver at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre presented by The Western Front in a concert entitled Music from the New Wilderness. The quartet features JZ and his brother Joshua Zubot (Montreal) on violin, Jean Rene (Montreal) on viola and Vancouver's Peggy Lee on cello. The string quartet plays alongside wax-cylinder recordings that First Nations musician and herbalist Therese Keimatko made in 1918. Drip Audio will release this as a co-production with The Western Front sometime down the road.
Here is JZ's incomplete, but pretty good, discography at allmusic.com!