JOHN ZORN Celebration Set for the Met Museum Today
Note the following updated program and artist information for a Met Museum Presents event: John Zorn-A Museum-Wide Celebration (Sept. 28). Details below!
John Zorn-A Museum-Wide Celebration
A recipient of the 2006 MacArthur Award, New York City native and music icon John Zorn is a composer, performer, arranger, producer, impresario, and multi-instrumentalist whose influential body of work defies categorization, having explored a vast spectrum of genres-including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised music, among many others-over the past four decades. To celebrate his 60th birthday (September 2, 2013), the Met will present an unprecedented Museum-wide musical event devoted to the work of this one composer, free to all Museum visitors.
For an entire day, the Museum's galleries will pulsate with John Zorn's restless and electric sounds, as musicians perform in various galleries. Most of the works presented on this day are Met Museum commissions; others are existing pieces, specifically selected for their organic and sonic relevance to particular gallery spaces. Performances will begin in the Great Hall, and continue in galleries including Ancient Near Eastern Art, the Vélez Blanco Patio, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court, Medieval Sculpture Hall, The American Wing, the Egyptian Wing, the European period rooms, and The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.
Performers include Mike Patton, voice; Milford Graves, percussion; Bill Frisell, guitar; John Zorn, organ; Jay Campbell, cello; Erik Friedlander, cello; and others.
This event is one of many that make up Zorn@60, a global celebration of the composer's 60th birthday that includes events not only in New York City but throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Free with Museum admission
All performances begin at the top of the hour, every hour (unless otherwise noted), and the lengths of the works vary:
11:00 a.m.: The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery for Assyrian Art
Volac -Masada: Book of Angels - Erik Friedlander, cello
12:00 p.m.: Medieval Sculpture Hall
The Holy Visions -Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Abby Fischer, Mellissa Hughes, Kirsten Sollek, vocalists
1:00 p.m.: The Virginia and Leonard Marx Gallery in The American Wing
All Hallows' Eve - Chris Otto, violin; Dave Fulmer, viola; Jay Campbell, cello
2:00 p.m.: Abstract Expressionism Gallery 921 featuring Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm (No. 30)
Duo Improvisation by John Zorn, alto saxophone; Milford Graves, drums
3:00 p.m.: Melanesia Gallery 354
Dark River - William Winant, Alex Lipowski, percussion
3:12 p.m.: Melanesia Gallery 354
Gri Gri - William Winant, percussion
4:00 p.m.: The School of Paris Gallery 901 featuring Balthus' The Mountain
Earthspirit- Jane Sheldon, Mellissa Hughes, Kirsten Sollek, vocalists
5:00 p.m.: The Vélez Blanco Patio
Mycale - Masada: Book of Angels - Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Sofia Rei, Malika Zarra, Sara Serpa, vocalists
6:00 p.m.: British Eighteenth-Century Painting Gallery 629
(This performance is inspired by Pieter van Laer, called Il Bamboccio, Magic Scene with Self-Portrait (L.2006.30) located in adjacent Dutch History Painting Gallery 631)
The Alchemist - Pauline Kim and Jesse Mills, violin; Dave Fulmer, viola; Jay Campbell, cello
8:00 p.m.: The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court
The Hermetic Organ: Office No. 10 - John Zorn, organ (on the Appleton Organ of the Musical Instruments Collection)
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: The Tomb of Perneb Gallery 100
IAO by John Zorn
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Patti Cadby Birch Gallery for Art from Spain, North Africa, and the Western Mediterranean Gallery 457
Shanir Blumenkranz, Solo oud
For tickets, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Monday-Saturday 11-3:30. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.
30 & Under Rush: $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event on select performances (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
Bring the Kids!: $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) for select performances when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.