Zorn@60 Festival

John Zorn
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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Description

John Zorn, a true New York icon and one of the city’s most influential musicians, turns sixty this September. Eight of Manhattan’s most important cultural venues—from large museums to major concert halls to intimate clubs—will celebrate this landmark birthday with a festival of Zorn@60 performances spanning the city leading up to September.

Starting this summer and lasting through the fall, the festival includes a wide variety of events exploring Zorn’s epic oeuvre, including classical chamber music, improvisation-based works, film scores, symphonic pieces, and vocal music. 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.

The impressive list of participating organizations includes: Anthology Film Archives, Japan Society, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, NYU Skirball Center, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

These concerts in Zorn’s hometown will be part of a worldwide celebration of the composer’s 60th that includes events this summer at London’s Barbican Centre, Paris’s Cité de la Musique, and the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz festival.

Festival Dates June 8 - September 29, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming participants 2013:
  • John Zorn / Bill Laswell / Milford Graves Trio
  • Sacred Voices
  • The Holy Visions
  • The Complete String Quartets
  • Masada Marathon
  • John Zorn Selects
  • The Film Scores of John Zorn
  • The Hermetic Organ
  • All-Star Orchestra Concert
  • Chamber Music Marathon
  • Game Pieces
  • John Zorn—A Museum-Wide Celebration
  • The Song Project
  • Moonchild
  • John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto
Programming 2013:
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 — Part 1: Orchestra
    • Featuring four orchestra works and 80+ musicians on stage, each one hand-selected by the composer
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 — Part 2: Chamber Music
    • A panorama of chamber works including many premieres
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 — Part 3: Game Pieces
    • A rare evening of Zorn’s legendary, improvisation-based “Game Pieces” performed by some of his longtime collaborators
  • Bonus Event: Monday, September 23 — The Hermetic Organ
    • Zorn performs on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University
  • Tikcets
    • All-Access Pass: $100; Single Tickets: $25–$40
      All-Access Pass includes prime seating for all three concerts, plus guaranteed admission to Zorn’s organ recital


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