John Zorn Marathon at UCLA, May 2

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John Zorn 

From the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA:

Zorn at LACMA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sat, May 2 -10am – 3pm

Ten different ensembles – consisting of solo instrumentalists, duos, vocal trios and string quartets – featuring JACK Quartet, Kenny Wollesen, Dave Lombardo, William Winant, Tony Arnold and more will perform ten selections from Zorn’s vast catalog adjacent to masterworks by Monet, Pollack, Klee and seven others.

10:00am – Assyrian Reliefs from Nimrud
KINAN IDNAWI performing “Masada: The Book of Angels” (2004)

10:30am – European Sculpture
MELLISSA HUGHES, KIRSTEN SOLLEK, JANE SHELDON performing “Earthspirit” (2012)

11:00am – Rembrandt “The Raising of Lazarus” and “Portrait of Marten Looten”
JACK QUARTET performing “The Alchemist” (2011)

11:30am – Egyptian Mummy Room
“The Clavicle of Solomon” (pre-recorded) (2002)

12:00pm – Monet “Nympheas”
KENNY WOLLESEN and CAROL EMANUEL performing “The Gnostic Preludes (2011)”

12:30pm – Paul Klee “Untitled”
CHRIS OTTO and KENNY WOLLESEN performing “Zeitgehoft” (2013)

1:00pm – Jackson Pollack “Black and White Number 20”
JOHN ZORN and DAVE LOMBARDO performing “Duo Improvisation”

1:30pm – Joseph Cornell “The Trajectory of Ursa Major“ and “untitled”
KEVIN McFARLAND performing “Untitled for Joseph Cornell” (1999)

2:00pm – Art of the Pacific Gallery
WILLIAM WINANT and DANIEL STEFFEY performing “Dark River” (1995) and “Gri-Gri” (2000)

John Zorn: Royce Triple Threat
Royce Hall – Sat, May 2 – 8pm
A power-packed triple bill rock show

Psychomagia performed by Abraxas
Drawing inspiration from the magical writings of Giordano Bruno and Alejandro Jodorowsky, Zorn recorded Psychomagia with Abraxas – a NYC quartet consisting of Aram Bajakian and Eyal Maoz on electric guitars, Kenny Grohowski on drums and Shanir Blumenkranz on electric bass/gimbri – who will perform the composition live.

Masada Book Two performed by Secret Chiefs 3
Zorn began composing Masada in the early ’90s, exploring his own roots and expanding the idea of Jewish music through a songbook that linked the language of klezmer and the rollicking free-jazz of Ornette Coleman. Now totaling 613 compositions, the Masada Songbook is a masterwork of overwhelming proportions. Secret Chiefs 3 – an experimental band from northern California who have been a part of Zorn’s collaborative circle for years – consists of visionary guitarist/composer Trey Spruance (formerly of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More), Eyvind Kang on violin, Ches Smith on drums, Jason Schimmel on guitar, Matt Lebofsky on keyboards and Toby Driver on bass.

Bladerunner (John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Dave Lombardo)
Not for the faint of heart, Bladerunner sees Zorn joined by legendary bass player and producer Bill Laswell along with heavy metal drumming powerhouse Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantômas). The band plays with notorious ferocity while still expressing incredible range. From frenetic, high-energy outbursts to solemn passages of introspection, calculated improvisation rules.

The Hermetic Organ – solo organ improvisations
Royce Hall – Sat, May 2 – 11:59pm
Following a brief intermission after Royce Hall Triple Threat

Although organ was Zorn’s first instrument (he often credits Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera as a primal influence), in 2011 the saxophone great surprised even his hardcore fans by initiating a new series of solo organ concerts in churches around the world. The music is breathtaking, and distinguished by a spiritual mood that only a huge pipe organ like Royce Hall’s Skinner can create. A perfect outlet for Zorn’s dramatic sense of color and contrast, this performance reveals the composer’s mind at work in all its permutations.