John Zorn at Big Ears Profiled

Source: Big Ears. Eight concerts making up the Zorn agenda.

In 2013, when John Zorn was turning sixty, The New York Times dubbed the saxophonist “the most prolific and polarizing figure in New York’s downtown scene” and “a major American composer whose work crosses just about every stylistic boundary imaginable.” The occasion was Zorn@60, a worldwide celebration of his music’s awesome cumulative power at Lincoln Center, the Met, and other high temples of the traditions he was once said to delight in desecrating. But however canonical he becomes, Zorn remains an iconoclast who cracks open musical forms with such persuasive brilliance that they body forth new ones. No other name rings out as thoroughly in the last forty years of experimental music.