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  • JOHN ZORN: ST. PöLTEN/TANGENTE - DUO GYAN RILEY/JULIAN LAGE, NEW MASADA QUARTET, HERMETIC ORGAN July 2024
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John Zorn: St. Pölten/Tangente - DUO Gyan Riley/Julian Lage, NEW MASADA QUARTET, HERMETIC ORGAN

TERESA DE AVILA - Sacred Music for Two Guitars @ the synagoge - 19:30h

JULIAN LAGE guitar
GYAN RILEY guitar
Julian and Gyan are two of new music’s most accomplished guitar virtuosos. Brought together for Zorn’s “Bagatelles” project in 2015, their duo performances are truly a transcendent experience—filled with telepathic interplay, meticulous detail, and astonishing soloistic fireworks. Their 2017 CD “Midsummer Moons” (inspired by lunar imagery in Shakespeare) is one of Zorn’s most beautiful creations, and here they perform a dramatic book of music inspired by the haunting and enigmatic novel “A High Wind in Jamaica”. Filled with ominous mystery and a dangerous innocence,“Quatrain” is an absolute delight.

        
NEW MASADA QUARTET @ Bühne im Hof - 21h
John Zorn’s newest and most exciting ensemble, The New Masada Quartet is a tight unit of like-minded virtuosi and one of the best groups Zorn has ever had. Bristling hot guitar master Julian Lage, bass wizard Jorge Roeder and 30-year Zorn veteran Kenny Wollesen perform with a crackling live energy that brings the Masada music to life like never before! Led by Zorn’s versatile sax and stop and start conducting, the music is filled with burning solos, telepathic group interaction, heartfelt lyricism and hypnotic grooves. 

THE HERMETIC ORGAN @ the cathedral - 22:30h
Although organ was Zorn's first instrument (he often credits Lon Chaney in the silent classic Phantom of the Opera as a primal influence), in 2011 Zorn surprised even his hardcore fans by initiating a new series of solo organ concerts in churches, cathedrals and concert halls around the world. Often late night affairs free to the public, the music is breathtakingly beautiful, and distinguished by a spiritual mood that only a huge pipe organ can create. A perfect outlet for Zorn's dramatic sense of color and contrast, we hear the composer’s mind at work in all its bizarre permutations—huge blocks of sound, chords, clusters, counterpoint, drones, ostinatos, lyrical melodies and more—often all at the same time! The Hermetic Organ concerts are thrilling and transcendent, and unlike anything you’ve ever heard.


John Zorn, short BIO:
Born and raised in New York City on Spetember 2, 1953, John Zorn is a composer, performer, artist, universalist and aesthetic philosopher who has forged an independent path through stylistic domains that range from the classical avant-garde to many popular idioms. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy, Alchemy and Mysticism as well as Music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone and has edited and published ten volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA. Honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the William Schuman Prize for composition from Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010 and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ghent, SUNY Purchase and New England Conservatory.

Line Up

John Zorn, alto sax
Julian Lage, guitar
Jorge Roeder, bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums
Gyan Riley, guitar
John Zorn, Hermetic organ

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