John Zorn: Not All About Jazz
The weekends start on Thursday, and for 3 nights each week the " tonic" will play host to the bands. The opening Thursday set features a hit of the recent Visions Festival, the "Masada String Trio". As featured on the Tzadik CD, The Circle Maker, cellist Erik Friedlander, violinist Mark Feldman, and bassist Greg Cohen perform precise interpretations of pieces from the Masada songbook with John Zorn conducting. Emblematic of the entire program's variety, the mosh pit inducing sounds of the trio, "Painkiller," pick up the first Friday and Saturday night sets. This incarnation includes Zorn on sax, bassist Bill Laswell and newest member Hamid Drake on drums and percussion. The following weekend opens with "The Gift," an inquiry into mellow moods; sit back relax and enjoy. "Bar Kochba," or Masada Chamber Ensembles, holds forth the next two nights and features many of the Masada project musicians presenting elegantly arranged versions of pieces from their songbook. "Masada" and "Electric Masada" close out the final two weekends and are slated for two full 3-night performances unto themselves. "Electric Masada" is a recent venture composed of Zorn, Marc Ribot, "New Klezmer Trio" drummer Kenny Wollensen, Cyro Baptista's intriguing percussion, Jamie Saft's keyboard/synth stylings and Trevor Dunn's bass; it as its name implies, the electric version of "Masada".
Sundays are devoted to concert works and showcase the most overtly classical music of the month. During this time "Sortilege" and "Neconomicon" will world premiere. "The Complete String Quartets," that include an interpretation of the sacred Jewish melody "Kol Nidre" and "Memento Mori" dedicated to Ikue, begin these presentations. The following Sunday, the three chamber pieces that comprise the Tzadik CD Love, Madness and Mysticism; "Le M'mo," "Untitled" and "Amour Fou" will be performed. These are written for piano and violin, solo cello and piano trio respectively. "Chimeras," a chamber work in 12 movements and "Goetia: Incantations for Violin" round out the Sunday programs. With a month as diverse as this, John Zorn is most assuredly not all about jazz; it would be much more accurate to say he is all about music.
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