John Zorn: Nove Cantici per Francesco d’Assisi
Bill Frisell, Julian Lage & Gyan Riley
Outside of his prolific work as a composer, saxophonist, and record label owner, John Zorn is a community builder. Through his work curating the Stone he’s given a boost to emerging talent and venerated colleagues alike, but in the process of assembling groups to interpret his compositions he’s given birth to countless new ensembles over the years.
He first brought Julian Lage and Gyan Riley together to play compositions from his book of Bagatelles, but the connection proved so fecund that they’ve become a consistent working ensemble. Then Zorn introduced his old collaborator Bill Frisell to the fold a few years ago, and—no surprise—the trio clicked magnificently and has now made five albums of Zorn compositions together. For this concert, the trio will interpret music from 2019’s Nove Cantici Per Francesco D’Assisi and Teresa de Avila from 2021. This magical collection of three-way acoustic interplay reveals how versatile these musicians are, bringing a malleable ethos to classical guitar.