John Zorn's Stone Commissioning Series presents: Ned Rothenberg & John Zorn
"Kakeai" with John Zorn and "The World of Odd Harmonics"
6pm doors • 7pm show
New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.
The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates Zorn’s revolutionary venue, The Stone, a non-profit venue that was “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde” and served as a vital spot for new music in Manhattan’s Alphabet City for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of the Stone, hosting the world premiere of new works.
This month’s concert features a special live appearance from John Zorn himself, playing his music full of “captivating, luminous intrigue” and “notorious interjections of thrash or noise” (Pitchfork). He’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalist reed player Ned Rothenberg. Rothenberg’s playing is distinguished by its “precision” and “the sheer quality of his tone” that results in “absolute beauty” (Point of Departure). The two will play solo pieces and share duets in our intimate space — this is not a concert to be missed!
Composer-performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi — an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync with Jerome Harris on guitars and Samir Chatterjee on tabla, works with the Mivos Quartet in performances of his quintet for clarinet and strings, and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include his quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora on John Zorn’s Tzadik label as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker and The Fell Clutch on Rothenberg’s Animul label.