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Composer: Zorn, John (b. 1953)

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Year of birth1953
NationalityUnited States
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The Dead Man
April 2019
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New York CityA Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet

Glass, Riley, Crumb, Brown, Adams, Tagaq, Benshoof, Diabaté, Vrebalov, Anderson, Zorn, Pérotin, Mansell, Oswald, Wu Man
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In Cleveland, a Fearless Journey Across Centuries

© Henrik Olund
Even playing in total darkness, the JACK Quartet offers illuminating insights.
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Demented coloratura and spiritual chant

Jack Quartet © Henrik Olund
John Zorn’s compositions presented at The Cloisters contained a bonanza of musical ideas, rolling in unnervingly peculiar waves and presented in clumps and clusters like audio versions of found art. 
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JACK Quartet’s inimitable programming

JACK Quartet © Henrik Olund
A concert of five composers, and three of them women – bravo to the JACK Quartet not just for inimitable execution, but for programming as well.
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ICE ensemble at Mostly Mozart

The musical objects ranged from Phyllis Chen’s custom music-box to a Chinese food take-out box that sounded as if birds were chirping inside. Occasionally, the amalgam of twinkling noises was joined by a titter of laughter from the fascinated audience.
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Pam Tanowitz's Passagen and Heaven on One’s Head

Pam Tanowitz presents two world premieres, a duet and a group work, at the Joyce Theater in her customary balletic-breakdown fashion.
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