John Zorn

John Zorn

For an entire day, the Museum’s galleries pulsate with John Zorn’s restless and electric sounds, as musicians perform in various galleries during an unprecedented event that marks the creative genius’s 60th birthday. 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.

A recipient of the 2006 MacArthur Award, Zorn’s impact on contemporary music worldwide is immeasurable. Performances 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.

In celebration of his sixtieth birthday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art honors the boundless musical vision and virtuosity of John Zorn as one part of a larger celebration.

All performances begin at the top of the hour, every hour (unless otherwise noted), and the lengths of the works vary:
10:00 a.m.: The Great Hall
Opening Antiphonal Fanfare for Six Trumpets– Nate Botts, Wayne DuMaine, Gareth Flowers, Josh Frank, Stephanie Richards, Tim Leopold, trumpets [New work—World premiere]
10:15 a.m.: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Gnostic Preludes
– Bill Frisell, guitar; Kenny Wollesen, vibraphone; Carol Emanuel, harp
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
4:15 p.m.: The School of Paris Gallery 901 featuring Balthus' The Mountain
Passagen–Pauline Kim, violin
5:00 p.m.: The Vélez Blanco Patio
— 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
7:00 p.m.: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Litany IV (for Heliogabalus
)—Mike Patton, solo voice
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)

Ambient Sounds:
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Tomb Chapel of Raemkai Gallery 102
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 player

Above: John Zorn © Eileen Travell, The Photograph Studio, MMA.

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