In celebration of his sixtieth birthday, Lincoln Center honors the boundless musical vision and virtuosity of John Zorn as one part of a larger, international celebration. A composer, performer, arranger, producer, improvisor, impresario, and MacArthur Fellow, Zorn has explored a vast and impressive spectrum of genres—including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised, among many others—over the past four decades of his career. Performing everywhere from downtown nightclubs to prominent festivals around the world, the prolific artist has firmly established himself as a leading figure and champion of the experimental music movement.
The first night of Zorn@60 consists of two lyrical works for a cappella female voices: the sensual and evocative Shir Ha-Shirim (“Song of Songs”), inspired by one of the Hebrew scriptures’ most enigmatic texts, and Zorn’s mystery play The Holy Visions, based on the work of 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen. The evening concludes with Zorn himself at the controls of Alice Tully Hall’s Kuhn organ performing a wild recital of improvisations called The Hermetic Organ.
“A limitless, tireless creative mind.”
—New York Times on John Zorn
“Zorn is indeed the point where all the trends of New York’s downtown music scene meet.”
“Finding any one label to define the man and his work is pretty well impossible, but that impossibility reveals just how important his music is.”
This performance is approximately one hour and 40 minutes, with one intermission.
The Holy Visions
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