Abrons Center fills shoes of defunct Downtown venue

The Tonic is closed but other venues are picking up the slack. A review of a series of Zorn performances is available.

Last weekend the Abrons Arts Center at the Henry Street Settlement launched the inaugural shows of Blurring Boundaries, a series of new and experimental music concerts curated by Tonic’s Melissa Caruso-Scott, with the compositions of Downtown alt-jazz maverick John Zorn. Over two nights on the stage of the Harry Du Jur Playhouse, the Book of Angels Mini-Festival lit up the intimate theatre on Grand Street with vibrant sounds from gifted players, tackling the tunes from Zorn’s vast and intricate “Masada” project.