John Zorn brings his compositional mind and improvisation skills to the beautiful Willis organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk. Performed as an encore to the Holy Visions concert earlier in the evening, Zorn returns to his first instrument for this rare event—his first solo organ concert in Ireland.The organ recital will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk at 10.00 pm on Friday 5 October 2012.
Citing Lon Chaney as a primary influence, Zorn creates a rich musical environment of contrast, texture, and spontaneity —channeling the hypnotic minimalism of Terry Riley, the spiritual resonance of Messiaen, the exotica of Korla Pandit and the wild sonic explorations of Ligeti, Kagel, and Xenakis.
This organ recital is a FREE event to those who have purchased tickets for one or more of the Zorn concerts in Dundalk on 4 or 5 October 2012. Please retain your paid for Zorn concert ticket as it will be required to gain admission to this free event. One paid ticket provides you with one free admission. Seating is unallocated. Contact Eamonn Quinn [email protected] to confirm your place and also to allow us to estimate numbers who will attend.
Solo Organ Recital
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk
Friday 5 October 2012 at 10 pm
Free to those who have purchased tickets for one or more of the Zorn concerts in Dundalk on 4 or 5 oct 2012. Please retain your paid ticket as it will be required to gain admission to this free event.
John Zorn is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Drawing on his experience in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, classical, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories.
“My musical world is like a little prism. You look through it and it goes off in a million different directions. Since every genre is the same, all musicians should be equally respected. It doesn’t matter if it’s jazz, blues, or classical. They’re all the same.” John Zorn.
He has been awarded the William Schuman Award for composition from Columbia University, the Cultural Achievement Award from the Foundation for Jewish Culture and is a MacArthur Fellow.
Drawing on his experience in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories. A native of New York City, he has been a central figure in the downtown scene since 1975, incorporating a wide range of musicians in various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and eclectic, drawing inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy and Mysticism as well as Music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone and has edited/published five volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA. Early inspirations include American innovators Ives, Varese, Cage, Carter and Partch, the European tradition of Berg, Stravinsky, Boulez and Kagel, soundtrack composers Herrmann, Morricone and Stalling as well as avant-garde theater, film, art and literature.
He tours extensively with his various ensembles, playing a great variety of music and his works are performed worldwide by rock bands, improvisers, jazz musicians and classical ensembles. He has received numerous commissions from among others, the Kronos Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, EOS Orchestra, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Bayerischer Staatsoper, WDR Orchestra Koln and American pianist Stephen Drury.