John Zorn's Stone Commissioning Series presents: Simon Hanes & Tredici Bacci
6pm doors • 7pm show
New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.
The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, Zorn’s revolutionary venue 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 world premiere of an entirely new composition written by Simon Hanes and performed by Tredici Bacci, a crack team of musical mavericks named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” in 2016.
Simon Hanes is a California-born, Brooklyn-based composer, performer, and arranger, or “compformanger” for short. His work revolves around bridging his main influences: soundtrack music from 1960s and 70s Italian films, contemporary classical music, and non-idiomatic improvisation. Hanes composes for and performs extensively with his 13-piece Italian Soundtrack-Pop ensemble Tredici Bacci, and has collaborated with such musicians as Elysian Fields, Ryan Power, Ruth Garbus, JG Thirlwell, Charlie Looker, Vincenzo Vasi, and underground legend Gary Wilson.
Hanes has worked as an orchestrator, and conductor for the legendary producer Hal Wilner on his most recent album, working with singers Marc Almond and Emily Haines.
Other projects include extreme noise-thrash trio Trigger, which has performed in the US and Europe as part of legendary composer John Zorn’s bagatelles project, and a washed-up 1970s Italian lounge singer alter ego named Luxardo whose performances intentionally devolve into abstract chaos.
With the help of stellar musicians and fellow NEC grads Sami Stevens, Evan Allen, and Joanna Mattrey, Hanes started ANONYM in early 2017. The group has since performed extensively in New York and recently recorded their first album.