Spike Orchestra

Spike Orchestra

Led by Sam Eastmond the Spike Orchestra are a large ensemble dedicated to experimental, avant-garde and Radical Jewish Culture. Closely associated with John Zorn, they are the only British band to have been invited to record in his monolithic Masada series of Radical Jewish Culture. Their albums Cerberus (2015) and Binah (2018) appear in Book Two and Book Three on Zorn’s Tzadik Label.
The Spike Orchestra are a community drawn from the UK’s most imaginative and outrageous creative musicians, coalesced and led by Eastmond.

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Spike Orchestra
Sam Eastmond director


Brit-Ish is a pun. Brit in Hebrew means covenant/partnership, and Ish means Person. At a time when nationalism and ethnic identities are being placed into opposition, this project explores what it means to have a hyphened identity in 21st century Britain. An identity that is a partnership of Jewish heritage and British culture. With all the complexities of coming from a community that has been here since medieval times, and yet are often identified as immigrants. This project forges a new diasporic Jewish identity with a piece of music informed by diverse Jewish legacies infused with a contemporary sensibility.


This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


Commissioned by JW3.


NMC Biennial is generously supported by the following committed patrons, funders and partners:



Catalogue number:
NMC DL201913
Release Date:
1 November 2019