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 Tuesday, 23 September 2014
John Zorn talk-music-film live at the Walker Feb 17th PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 11 February 2006
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John Zorn, Photo by Ziga Koritnik
The Walker Art Center hosts a big night with the music of John Zorn and Electric Masada at the William and Nadine McGuire Theater in the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis on Friday, February 17th.

Catch three sides of an icon in this special Zorn-a-thon. One of the most prolific and influential musiciansin the country, John Zorn begins the evening in conversation with Walker performing arts curator Philip Bither about his career and music. Next, he offers his most recent and ambitious Masada unit, Electric Masada-a free-flow blend of the raw power of Naked City, the improvisational madness of Cobra, and the fused funk of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew era. This downtown New York City supergroup (with Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Ikue Mori, Trevor Dunn, Cyro Baptista, Joey Baron, and Kenny Wollesen) may be the most exciting band he has ever created. The evening concludes with Music for Films, featuring Electric Masada and experimental American films from the Walker's Edmond R. Ruben Film and Video Study Collection chosen and scored by Zorn, including Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time, Joseph Cornell's Rose Hobart, and Kenneth Anger's Eaux de' Artifice, as well as Harry Smith's Film #16-OZ: The Tin Woodsman's Dream and Marie Menken's GO, GO, GO from Anthology Film Archives.

John Zorn background from www.wikipedia.org:
John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in New York City) is an American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist. He owns the Tzadik record label and has worked with a large number of experimental musicians, particularly in improvised music, incorporating modern classical music, jazz and even death metal and grindcore as well as having produced music to include most styles. As a child, he played piano, guitar and flute. He went to college in St. Louis at Webster College (now Webster University) where he discovered free jazz, before dropping out and moving to Manhattan. There he gave concerts in his small apartment, playing a variety of reeds, duck calls, tapes, etc; almost anything. In the mid 1980s he signed to the Elektra-Nonesuch label. Since then, Zorn has been quite prolific, usually putting out several new records each year. His breakthrough recording was perhaps 1985's The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone, wherein Zorn offered a number of often radical arrangements of Morricone's famed songs from various movies. The Big Gundown was endorsed by Morricone, and incorporated elements of traditional Japanese music, soul jazz, and other diverse musical genres.

Zorn is perhaps best known for his work with Masada, (an Ornette Coleman-influenced jazz band playing a set of compositions based on Jewish scales), Painkiller (a mix of grindcore and free jazz in which he is joined by Mick Harris of Napalm Death) and Naked City (an often aggressive mix of jazz, rock and thrash metal). He has also worked with musicians like Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Bill Laswell, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Marc Ribot and even the Violent Femmes. He has written music for television and film, which has been collected in the ongoing Filmworks series of records on his Tzadik label. Some of these are jazz-based, others are classical.

He has also written several "game pieces", in which performers are allowed to improvise while following certain structural rules. These works are in the main named after sports, and include Pool, Archery and Lacrosse, as well as Cobra. He is also often noted for his postmodern, sometimes extreme, use of formal blocks, units which he combines and contrasts in various ways. Zorn discusses his history and the musical philosophy behind his early works in the book Talking Musicby William Duckworth.

Most recently, he has become the principal force behind the opening of The Stone, an avant-garde performance space in NY's Alphabet City that supports itself solely on donations, giving all door revenues directly to the performers. Zorn holds the title of artistic director.

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Ritual in Transfigured Time

    Friday, February 17 at the Walker in Mineapolis, enjoy three events in ZornX3
  • John Zorn in Conversation 6:00 pm Cinema Free; advance reservations available only with ticket purchase John Zorn in conversation with Walker curator Philip Bither about his career and music.
  • Electric Masada 7:00 pm William and Nadine McGuire Theater $25 ($20 Walker members) John Zorn offers his most recent and powerful Masada unit, Electric Masada-a free-flow blend of the raw power of his Naked City, the improvisational madness of Cobra, and the fused funk of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew era. Perhaps the most exciting band Zorn has ever created, the downtown NYC supergroup's personnel for this engagement features Zorn (saxophone), Marc Ribot (guitar), Jamie Saft (keyboards), Ikue Mori (electronics), Trevor Dunn (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Joey Baron (drums), and Kenny Wollesen (drums).
  • John Zorn's Music for Films 9:30 pm William and Nadine McGuire Theater $25 ($20 Walker members) Music for Films features Electric Masada and experimental American films from the Walker's Edmond R. Ruben Film and Video Study Collection chosen and scored by Zorn, including Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time, Joseph Cornell's Rose Hobart and Kenneth Anger's Eaux d'Artifice, as well as Harry Smith's Film #16-OZ: The Tin Woodsman's Dream and Marie Menken's GO GO GO from Anthology Film Archives.


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