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Venue:
International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $25 General Admission
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 2:00pm

Radical Jewish Music Festival 2008: John Zorn's The Dreamers + Essential Cinema

Radical Jewish Music Festival 2008

John Zorn, alto saxophone
Ikue Mori, electronics
Marc Ribot, el. guitar
Jamie Saft, Fender Rhodes
Trevor Dunn, double-bass
Kenny Wollesen, vibraphone + drums
Cyro Baptista, percussion
Joey Baron, drums

Please join us for this matinee performance featuring two very different projects from composer John Zorn. Essential Cinema features the members of Electric Masada performing live scores to American experimental filmmakers Maya Deren (Ritual in Transfigured Time), Joseph Cornell (Rose Hobart), Harry Smith (Oz: The Tin Woodman's Dream) and Marie Menken (Go! Go! Go!).

Continuing in the tradition of his popular project The Gift, Zorn again combines a lifetime of musical passions-world music, movie soundtracks, jazz, minimalism, exotica, funk, surf rock and more-to create a vibrant and multifaceted experience of instrumental fairy tales. Masterfully performed by the all-star players from Electric Masada, The Dreamers is a project of breathtaking variety and one of Zorn's most beautiful and appealing projects. Seductive lyricism, hypnotic grooves, catchy hooks and romantic moods are produced by this genre-bashing master of surprise.

A lifelong New Yorker, composer and saxophonist John Zorn made his mark as a central participant in the fertile "Downtown" experimental music scene beginning in the mid-1970s. In the mid-1980s he signed to the Elektra-Nonesuch label, releasing the critically-acclaimed breakthrough The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone, which was endorsed by Morricone, and incorporated elements of traditional Japanese music, soul jazz, and other diverse musical genres.  Since then, he has been exceptionally prolific, usually putting out several new recordings each year.

In 1993 Zorn began composing and performing his 208 tunes that now comprise his Masada songbook.  Over the years, these compositions have been performed by various artists including his ensembles the Masada String Trio and Bar Kohkba, but most frequently with his extremely popular Ornette Coleman-influenced quartet Masada - featuring Joey Baron, Dave Douglas and Greg Cohen.  He has also founded Painkiller, a mix of heavy metal and free jazz, and Naked City, an often aggressive mix of jazz, rock and thrash metal.  He has worked with musicians such as Bill Frisell, William Parker, George Lewis, The Boredom's Yamatsuka Eye, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Melt Banana, John Medeski, and the Violent Femmes. He has written music extensively for television and film, and continues to oversee his recording label, Tzadik, which is dedicated to experimental music, and is the principal force behind The Stone, an avant-garde performance space in New York's Alphabet City. In 2006, Zorn was honored with a MacArthur Fellow.

Sponsored by Penn Hillel, Kehillah of Center City, National Museum of American Jewish History, Society Hill Synagogue, uwishunu.com, International House Philadelphia and Kol Tzedek. Rose Hobart shown courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art.