John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

John Zorn (cropped version)
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Zorn’s upcoming residency at Yoshi’s in Oakland is previewed.

Avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn has been the object of ecstatic praise and furious outrage, much like his iconoclastic forebears Igor Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman. With his omnivorous approach to music — drawing on everything from classical, free jazz, and film soundtracks to lounge exotica, experimental noise, and hardcore punk — the New Yorker embraces a radical aesthetic that renders listener indifference nearly impossible.

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Monday Evening Concerts: Gérard Grisey’s Acoustic Spaces

From LA’s Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, February 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Gérard Grisey’s Acoustic Spaces
Gerard Grisey Tempus ex machina L.A. premiere
Gerard Grisey Les Espaces acoustiques (Part I) L.A. premiere
red fish blue fish, percussion ensemble
Steven Schick, director

Argento Chamber Ensemble
Michel Galante, conductor
Stephanie Griffin, viola

Alicia Lee, clarinet
Brian Walsh, clarinet
Johanna Borenstein, flute
Alison Lowell, oboe
Nick Terry, percussion
Eric Guinivan, percussion
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Les Espaces acoustiques has been described as “awe-inspiring” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker. It is one of the most influential works in postwar European music, in which Grisey’s analysis of sonic phenomena led the way to a new approach to harmony, incorporating the entire range of sound from consonance to noise. The L.A. premiere of Part 1 for 18 players is led by members of the Argento Chamber Ensemble, who thrilled audiences last season. No less monumental is Grisey’s percussion sextet Tempus ex machina, here performed from the balcony of Zipper Hall by red fish blue fish, the world-renowned ensemble founded by Steven Schick.

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