John Zorn’s Holy Visions

Mr. Zorn is a towering pillar of a new-music universe he has worked tirelessly to foster and enrich. The New York Times

Louth Contemporary Music Society celebrates the first Irish visit of New York based iconic composer and instrumentalist John Zorn in a mini-festival entitled John Zorn The Holy Visions on 4 and 5 October 2012. The Holy Visions features three performances including two world premieres of Zorn’s music.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.

“I have ever been the kind of composer who can write on demand, nor one who writes daily as a matter of course. Composing for me is a sacred trust, a journey into the unknown, a mystical experience-not a job-… The time frame is often long, but the decision to actually put pen to paper is always spontaneous and mysteriously unexplainable.” John Zorn

The mini-festival opens with John Zorn in conversation in An Tain Theatre, Dundalk Louth on 4 October 2012 at 7.45pm. This event is only Only open to those who have purchased tickets for Cyro Baptista’s concert on Thursday 4 October 2012 in An Tain Theatre, Dundalk, Louth.

Zorn’s long time collaborator, the world-renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his group Banquet of the Spirits, will perform music from their latest cd Caym: The Book of Angels which interprets Zorn’s sublime Masada songbook dedicated to the Jewish diaspora with a Brazilian and middle eastern twist. Banquet of the Spirits’ concert takes place on Thursday 4 October 2012 at 8pm in An Tain Theatre Dundalk.

The following evening at 8pm on Friday 5 October 2012, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will perform an astonishingly beautiful new Zorn vocal work The Holy Visions —a mystery play in eleven strophes — concerning the life, work and philosophy of Hildegard von Bingen for five female voices (2012) in St.Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk. The EQ Ensemble conducted by Gavin Moloney will open Friday’s concert with a world premiere performance of Zorn’s work Missa Sine Voces (2012),a beautiful instrumental miniature for five players written in the form of a Requiem Mass.

Performed as an encore to the Holy Visions concert earlier in the evening ( Friday 5 October 2012), Zorn returns to his first instrument for a very rare event—his first solo organ concert in Ireland when he will bring his compositional mind and improvisation skills to the beautiful Willis organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk. The organ recital will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk at 10.00 pm on Friday 5 October 2012.

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 to confirm your place and also to allow us to estimate numbers who will attend.

John Zorn The Holy Visions is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society. Louth Contemporary Music Society is financially supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth. The Holy Visions is dedicated to André and Rosalie Hoffmann.


John Zorn in conversation
7.45pm on Thursday 4 October 2012
An Tain Theatre, Town Hall, Dundalk
Free to those who have purchased tickets for Cyro Baptista’s concert in An Tain Theatre on 4 Octobober 2012.

Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels
8pm on Thursday 4 October 2012
An Tain Theatre, The Town Hall, Dundalk

The Holy Visions
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
EQ Ensemble
8pm on Friday 5 October 2012
St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk