John Zorn

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A New Artists' Space in the East Village of ny. Artistic Director John Zorn


John Zorn


 Composer of Jazz and Film Music was born September 2, 1953 in the East Village,in touch with the creative environment of Downtown New York most of his life.

He learned alchemical synthesis from Harry Smith, structural ontology from Richard Foreman, how to make art of garbage from Jack Smith, cathartic expression at Sluggs, ritual magick from Kenneth Anger and hermetic intuition from Joseph Cornell, who lived just a few blocks from his parents' home on Utopia Parkway in Queens.

He has been a central figure in the dowtown scene since 1975, incorporating a wide range of musicians in various compositional formats, his experimental work in rock and jazz with the bands Naked City and Masada earning him a large cult following.

His early inspirations include American innovators [Ives, Varèse, Cage, Carter and Partch] the European tradition [Berg, Stravinsky, Boulez and Kage], film composers [Morricone, Herrmann] cartoon composer [Carl Stalling] experimental rock and jazz as well as avant garde theater, film, art and literature.

He tours extensively with his various ensembles, playing a great variety of music and his works are performed worldwide by rock bands, improvisers, jazz musicians and classical ensembles.

Has received numerous commissions from, among others, the Kronos Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, EOS Orchestra, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Bayerischer Staatsoper, WDR Orchestra Koln and American pianist Stephen Drury.



last out:

Alhambra Love Songs Audio CD (May 19, 2009)


John Zorn hat Love Songs geschrieben: an die San Francisco Bay Area und an die Künstler, die dort leben: von Mike Patton bis David Lynch, von Vince Guaraldi bis Clint Eastwood. Und es sind wirkliche Love Songs geworden: noch nie hat man von Zorn so einschmeichelnde Melodien, so zart Balladen gehört. Selbst Fans von Henry Mancini und George Winston werden weiche Knie bekommen, und Zorn-Freaks der ersten Stunde erkennen ihren Hero nicht mehr aber dieser wollte noch nie in eine Schublade gedrückt werden.







O'o Audio CD (July 28, 2009)


O´o war der Name eines Vogels, der auf Hawaii lebte, aber heute ausgestorben ist. Ihm ist ein Album gewidmet, das nahtlos an die Erfolgs-CD The Dreamers anschließt in der selben Besetzung, mit einem ähnlichen Mix aus Surf, Minimalism, Pop, World Music. Feine Easy-Listening Music, die man zuvor weder der Band noch dem Komponisten zugeschrieben hätte.















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