"[L]ike you've invited Dick Dale to do the music at your bar mitzvah." - NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen
"Hebraic motifs abound in [Rashanim’s] interplay…Hendrix and metal are lurking around in there too, and this mix can be electrifying" - The Village Voice
"Rock-propelled selections of Jewish Middle Eastern, and Israeli folk melodies...original and dynamic." - The New Yorker
"[Rashanim] showcased its grace and versatility...they covered a lot of territory without ever losing their way." - Washington Post
"Rashanim is one of the hottest young bands in the New Jewish Renaissance." - John Zorn
"Jewish and Middle Eastern-influenced tunes...with jazzy improvisations and a rock attitude." - Japan Times
Guitarist and composer Jon Madof's musical collaborations cover the spectrum of the vibrant New York City music scene, from recordings and sold-out shows with John Zorn and Marc Ribot to genre-busting work alongside Frank London, Matisyahu and others.
With his 'Jewish power trio' Rashanim, Jon has recorded four full-length CDs for John Zorn's Tzadik Records. Rashanim ('noisemakers' in Hebrew) combines the power of rock with the spontaneity of improvisation, deep Middle Eastern grooves, and mystical Jewish melodies. The band also includes Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Cyro Baptista, Anthony Braxton) on bass and Mathias Künzli (Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma) on drums and percussion. Rashanim performs extensively throughout the US and Europe.
Jon's recent film and television work includes a collaboration with John Zorn on 'Notes on Marie Menken,' (TriBeCa Film Festival 2006), a film for the Documentary Channel entitled 'Space Trip', corporate/commercial projects and several short films.
Jon lives in New York with his wife and three children.