John Zorn
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Composer Portraits

A cornerstone of Miller’s programming, these evening-length musical profiles explore the work of a single...

Composer Portraits

John Zorn

Friday, December 9, 2011, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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The iconic avant-gardist John Zorn returns to Miller with an incredibly ambitious lineup, featuring four world premieres played by some of his favorite musicians from New York and beyond. A top-shelf selection of soloists will play virtuosic new works written just for them, while larger ensemble pieces round out the program, infused throughout with Zorn’s characteristic vitality, rhythmic drive, and rockstar solo passages.

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Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

The commission of Bateau Ivre was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.


Performers

  • John Zorn composer
  • Trevor Dunn bass
  • David Fulmer viola
  • Stephen Gosling piano
  • June Han harp
  • Alex Lipowski vibraphone/percussion
  • Michael Nicholas cello
  • Tara Helen O'Connor flute
  • Joe Pereira percussion
  • Marcus Rojas tuba
  • Joshua Rubin clarinet
  • David Taylor bass trombone
  • William Winant percussion
  • Kenny Wolleson drums
  • Talea Ensemble

Repertoire

  • Bateau Ivre (2011) world premiere
  • Illuminations (2010) world premiere
  • Passagen (2011) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
  • Cerberus (2010) world premiere
  • À Rebours (2010) New York premiere