John Zorn and Talea Ensemble at Ecstatic Music Festival Reviewed

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John Zorn 


Some of the composer John Zorn’s earliest works, from the 1970s and ’80s, were rule-driven improvisations that he called “game pieces,” which coyly suggested sports while also evoking the little markers that are moved around the board in Monopoly or Candy Land. But on Thursday at Merkin Concert Hall, after Mr. Zorn sat down with the cellist Chris Gross and the percussionist Alex Lipowski for “Hockey” (1978), he started the squeaking, scratching, skittering music by blowing into the first of a series of hunting game calls (like kazoos crossed with decoy whistles).