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John Zorn:  New Electric Masada

John Zorn:
New Electric Masada

With Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, John Medeski, Brian Marsella, Trevor Dunn, Kenny Wollesen, Ches Smith, Kenny Grohowski & John Zorn

Sun   Mar   27   2022 - 9:00 PM Bijou Theatre

The saxophonist John Zorn is “the most prolific and polarizing figure in New York’s downtown scene” and “a major American composer whose work crosses just about every stylistic boundary imaginable” (The New York Times). In four decades, Zorn has released dozens of albums on his own label, Tzadik; their contents are famously varied, ranging from riotous jazz interpretations of Ennio Morricone and hardcore punk versions of Ornette Coleman to orchestral and choral music. As the uncontested icon of the American avant-garde, Zorn’s only conventions are collaboration, curiosity, and an unquenchable conviction that the story of music is still unfolding. An all-star cast performs eight different programs of his work at Big Ears.

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NEW ELECTRIC MASADA

The nonet is a veritable all-star band with two guitarists, two keyboard players, one bassist, two drummers and a remarkable percussionist. And what will Zorn be doing on stage? “I’ll be doing some crazy conducting and playing the saxophone.”

The band features trusted Zorn collaborators, guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, organist John Medeski, pianist Brian Marsella, electric bassist Trevor Dunn, drummers Kenny Wollesen and Ches Smith, percussionist Kenny Grohowski, and Zorn on saxophone.

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