John Zorn
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Composer Portraits

Miller's flagship series exposes audiences to the boundary-breaking music of today, with evening-length...

Composer Portraits

John Zorn

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

“If his work is a game, then…it’s a beautiful one,” says The New York Times of the iconic and prolific composer John Zorn. He returns to Miller’s Composer Portraits series for a program of chamber music that has been written within the last three years. Boundlessly imaginative and energetic, Zorn is a smart, generous, and thoughtful collaborator, drawing into his orbit a host of new music superstars who bring his creations to life.


  • John Zorn composer
  • Tara Helen O'Connor flute
  • Peter Evans trumpet
  • Marshall Gilkes trombone
  • Dave Taylor bass trombone
  • Stephen Gosling piano
  • Christopher Otto violin
  • Austin Wulliman violin
  • John Pickford Richards viola
  • Jay Campbell cello
  • Shanir Blumenkranz bass
  • Tyshawn Sorey drums
  • Sae Hashimoto vibraphone


  • Icarus (2017) world premiere
  • Encomia (2018) world premiere
  • Nachtsraglichkeit (2018)
  • Auto-Da-Fe (2017) world premiere
  • Konx Om Pax (2018) world premiere
  • Merlin (2016)
  • Oviri  (2014/2018) world premiere

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo courtesy John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.