In honor of Yoko Ono‘s 82nd birthday, the singer has collaborated with Antony and John Zorn on two new limited edition 10″ vinyl releases.
The first is called Antony & Yoko and features a duet on Ono’s “I Love You Earth”, along with Antony’s solo rendition of Ono’s “I’m Going Away Smiling”.
ANTONY & YOKO
“I Love You Earth”
“I’m Going Away Smiling”
Chimera Music Release No. 16
Antony interprets two powerful Yoko Ono songs in the studio, with Thomas Bartlett on piano, and joined by Yoko on a moving vocal duet on “I Love You Earth.” Antony’s interpretation of “I’m Going Away Smiling” is stark and haunting.
• Proceeds to benefit the Rain Forest Trust
The second is called Yoko Ono & John Zorn, and features an improvisation between the two called “Blink” that was performed on WNYC back in 2012.
YOKO ONO & JOHN ZORN
Chimera Music Release No. 26
An intense, wild improvisation by two masters of the avant garde, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of David Garland’s Spinning On Air radio program, Yoko performed “Blink”, an improvisation with saxophonist John Zorn, live on WNYC at the station’s Greene Space on November 14, 2012. The duo have performed together on just a couple special occasions through the years, and this is the only performance to be recorded and released.
• Proceeds to benefit The Stone, John Zorn’s non-profit New York performance space.
They will be available on February 18 (Ono’s birthday).
The records can be pre-ordered at ChimeraMusic.com and digital can be pre-ordered at iTunes.
The 10” records are a part of a Yoko series which has included collaborations with tUnE-yArDs, Iggy Pop, RZA, and Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon.
Both 10″s are one-sided, with an etching by Ono on the other.
Additionally, a new book by photographer Bob Gruen and Austin radio program director Jody Denberg titled See Hear Yoko will be released on February 17. It compiles hundreds of photos of Yoko, along with 25 years’ worth of interviews.