Wednesday, August 21, 2013

John Zorn: The Gnostic Preludes

"The composer and saxophonist John Zorn was easy to spot in the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum one evening last month. As chatty patrons filed in for a performance of his work, Mr. Zorn — for decades the most prolific and polarizing figure in New York’s downtown scene — sat silently in a T-shirt and camouflage combat pants, gazing up at the otherworldly light installation by the artist James Turrell. The concert was part of Zorn@60, a worldwide festival marking his 60th birthday. ... Two days after the Guggenheim concert, Mr. Zorn met me in Washington Square Park to deliver a sackful of CD’s, including 'Interzone,' a dense genre-hopping tribute to William S. Burroughs; 'The Gnostic Preludes,' gorgeously pure meditations for guitar, harp and vibraphone; and the brooding, screaming rock of 'Templars: In Sacred Blood' — just a smattering of his recent work ..." (Ben Sisario, "Lionized, but Restless as Ever," New York Times, 7/10/13).

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