John Zorn’s Bagatelles Marathon
Modern creative jazz
John Zorn (saxophone); Dave Douglas, Peter Evans (trumpet); Mark Feldman (violin); Erik Friedlander, Michael Nicolas (cello); Dave Fiucynski, Gyan Riley, Julian Lage, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Miles Okazaki, Will Greene (guitar); Brian Marsella, Craig Taborn, Kris Davis, Sylvie Courvoisier (piano); John Medeski (piano, organ); Drew Gress, Greg Cohen, Simon Hanes, Trevor Dunn (bass); Aaron Edgcomb, Calvin Weston, Joey Baron, Kenny Grohowski, Tomas Fujiwara (drums); Kenny Wollesen (drums, vibraphone); Ikue Mori (electronics).
Fri 12 July 2019 16:30 - 21:30 Darling
A bagatelle is defined as ‘a short, light piece of music’ – not a description you readily associate with John Zorn. For years, eternal restlessness has brought this New York saxophonist-composer to the periphery of jazz and avant-garde music almost compulsively, usually resulting in powerful and intense sounds. By now you could fill your shelves with recordings of Zorn projects alone, and you wouldn’t be bored for a minute. And there’s always more on the way. With his boundless energy, in 2015 he wrote no fewer than 300 new compositions for his music book The Bagatelles. At this accompanying marathon concert, fourteen different ensembles, with musicians like John Zorn’s Masada, John Medeski, Marc Ribot, and Mary Halvorson, perform over fifty of the pieces in a five-hour period. Typical for Zorn, a man who has never heard the expression ‘less is more’.