John Zorn, a true New York icon and one of the city’s most influential musicians, turns sixty this September. A composer, performer, arranger, producer, improvisor, impresario, and MacArthur Fellow, Zorn has explored a vast and impressive spectrum of genres — including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised, among many others — over the past four decades. His hometown celebrates with a festival of Zorn@60 performances exploring his epic oeuvre, from the summer through the fall of 2013. Well over 100 musicians, many of them Zorn’s longtime collaborators and all of them hand-selected by the composer, will participate in the performances. Read the press release. These concerts are part of a global celebration of the composer’s 60th that includes events throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
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John Zorn curates a selection of films with exemplary soundtracks that he considers to be among the towering examples of this under-appreciated art form. Celebrating the work of a gifted group of composers, some of whom have achieved acclaim (especially Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, and Henry Mancini), and others of whom are perhaps more obscure (Hans J. Salter and Perry Botkin), Zorn’s selections demonstrate the sonorous spectrum of possibilities and provide a fresh opportunity to consider films from a very particular perspective: as seen through the prism of their brilliant scores.
Featuring screenings of: The Conversation; Murder by Contract; Vertigo; Touch of Evil; Pierrot le Fou; Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man; Chinatown; No. 12: Heaven and Earth Magic; There They Go-Go-Go!; The Dreamer That Remains; Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion; Pale Flower; and The Ipcress File
Written in a flash of creativity during three months in late 2004, the 316 compositions comprising John Zorn’s Book of Angels contain some of his most lyrical and inspiring music. This special marathon concert brings together 12 different groups of wildly divergent backgrounds — jazz, rock, classical, world music, a cappella vocals and more — for one spectacular evening.
A festival of events, including two live musical performances, an onstage conversation, and eight programs of films scored by Zorn. The impressive variety of titles includes everything from animated shorts and ads to political documentaries and narrative features. In the same way that his music effortlessly leaps between styles, the eclectic range of films Zorn has scored demonstrates just how adept he is at working within and going beyond genre conventions.
John Zorn himself performs on the Columbia University chapel’s incredible Aeolian-Skinner organ. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Guaranteed seating is available for Miller Theatre “Zorn at 60” All-Access Pass holders only. Co-produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
WQXR’s Q2 Music celebrates the 60th birthday year of composer-performer John Zorn with a 24-hour marathon of joyful, awe-inspiring, and radically dissimilar music hosted by the composer himself. Help celebrate this milestone anniversary and discover John Zorn anew and in his own words by listening in all day on September 24.
John Zorn’s dream team orchestra — 80 players, at last count — performs some of the composer’s great symphonic works, including his masterpiece violin concerto. Featuring violin soloist Christopher Otto and conductor David Fulmer heading up an entire orchestra of soloists.
Suppôts et Supplications (2012) U.S. Premiere
Contes de Fées (1999)
Orchestra Variations (1996)
Kol Nidre (1996)
Voices, winds, percussion, electronics, and strings. A program of works for small ensembles, including four world premieres, performed by musicians from the city’s best new-music bands. In all, more than two dozen performers and 16 pieces, all of them written since 2002.
Without dictating any of the notes to be played, these pieces use visual cues and graphic scores to structure the interactions of improvisers, resulting in remarkable (and one-of-a-kind) performances. This program brings together works rarely heard in a single evening and features many of Zorn’s longtime collaborators: Cyro Baptista, John Medeski, Uri Caine, Erik Friedlander, George Lewis, Marc Ribot, and many, many others.
Featuring: Bezique (1989); Cobra (1984); Rugby (1983); Book of Heads (1978); Fencing (1978); Xu Feng (1977-89); Lacrosse (1976)
For an entire day, the Museum’s galleries pulsate with John Zorn’s restless and kinetic sounds, as musicians perform in twelve different galleries during an unprecedented event that marks the creative genius’s 60th birthday. Some of the works presented on this day are Met Museum commissions; others are existing pieces, specifically selected for their organic and sonic relevance to particular gallery spaces.
Performances will begin in the Great Hall with a new work, an opening antiphonal fanfare for six trumpets; and continue at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing with Gnostic Preludes; the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court with an organ solo by John Zorn; the Medieval Sculpture Hall with Holy Visions; the Van Rensselaer Hall in the American Wing with All Hallows’ Eve; a gallery of Abstract Expressionism, featuring Jackson Pollock’s painting Autumn Rhythm (No. 30), with a duo by John Zorn on alto saxophone and Milford Graves on drums; the Oceania galleries with selections including Dark River; the Assyrian gallery with a solo cello work; the Vélez Blanco Patio with Mycale; The British Eighteenth-Century Painting Gallery with The Alchemist; selections from Six Litanies for Heliogabalus at The Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing; and concluding with an organ solo by John Zorn at the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court.
Performers include Mike Patton, voice; Milford Graves, percussion; Bill Frisell, guitar; John Zorn, organ; Jay Campbell, cello; Erik Friedlander, cello; and others.
With The Song Project, vocalists Mike Patton, Jesse Harris, and Sofia Rei write lyrics and sing songs from John Zorn’s albums Naked City, Masada, Dreamers, Filmworks and more. Rounding out this all-star lineup are musicians Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Cyro Baptista, Trevor Dunn, Kenny Wollesen, & Joey Baron.
With lyrics opening a new world of possibilities, the music of Moonchild: Templars — In Sacred Blood exudes a powerful emotional intensity. Mike Patton’s versatility is at its peak, and he sings everything from Gregorian Chants and atonal melodies to hardcore screams and passionate whispers. The evocative organ of John Medeski adds a deeply religious tone to the drama, and the Trevor Dunn-Joey Baron rhythm section is at its raging best.
For this celebratory concert Zorn is joined on stage by musical pioneer composer, pianist, and Academy Award-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto. Together, these two visionary artists offer an entirely improvised evening of music.
Presented as a part of Zorn@60 and LPR’s 5th anniversary LPR X 5, longtime collaborators John Zorn, bassist Bill Laswell, and percussionist Milford Graves bring a night of avant-garde composition and improvisation to Greenwich Village.
Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
The maverick American composer and new-music pioneer premieres Earthspirit and Madrigals, two new works for female voices, inside James Turrell’s site-specific installation in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. Experience Turrell’s groundbreaking exploration of light, color, and space while listening to Zorn’s transcendent compositions. George Steel, General Manager and Artistic Director of the New York City Opera, moderates a discussion with Zorn.
The first night of Zorn@60 at Lincoln Center Festival consists of two lyrical works for a cappella female voices: the sensual and evocative Shir Ha-Shirim (“Song of Songs”), inspired by one of the Hebrew scriptures’ most enigmatic texts, and Zorn’s mystery play The Holy Visions, based on the work of 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen. The evening concludes with Zorn himself at the controls of Alice Tully Hall’s Kuhn organ performing a wild recital of improvisations called The Hermetic Organ.
The second evening of Zorn@60 at Lincoln Center Festival turns the focus to Zorn’s six powerful works for string quartet, performed together in a single evening for the very first time, featuring three of New York’s boundary-pushing ensembles: the JACK Quartet, the Alchemy Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider.