International Contemporary Ensemble and Others in Brooklyn Reviewed

John Zorn (cropped version)


I’d never seen a cellist play with two bows simultaneously until Tuesday evening. But John Zorn’s music, always jam-packed, has seemingly grown so teeming that a single one just doesn’t suffice. In Mr. Zorn’s “Autumn Rhythm,” a solo given its premiere at Roulette in Brooklyn, the intense yet uninhibited young cellist Jay Campbell swashes one bow repeatedly through the air as he grazes the strings lightly with the other. Then he puts both bows to the strings, pulling them in opposite directions to create a scratching, ripping sound over an ominous tremor.