Illuminations / The Holy Visions / The Alchemist
ZORN AT 60
John Zorn (1953) saxophonist, composer, conductor and producer will turn sixty on 2 September. To celebrate that birthday, he developed a complete programme, together with musician friends, under the name “Zorn at 60”. With this project he will be showcasing a tantalising selection from his projects on 14 July at the Ghent Jazz Festival, a unique musical experience reflecting the diversity and enthusiasm of one of the most talented musicians of his generation.
Apart from the entire day of music dedicated to John Zorn’s 60th birthday, there is also an exposition to visit: Obsessions Collective.
As part of the ‘Zorn at 60’ festivities, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA) asked several artists, writers and musicians their reflections on John Zorn. This resulted in some great words like ‘visionary’, ‘mensch’, ‘dude’, ‘wild man’, ‘iconoclast’ and ‘dreamer’.
Steve Gosling (piano), Trevor Dunn (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums)
The radical 19th-century French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, was the inspiration for a wild piano piece. Rimbaud’s quest to become a genuine visionary by way of a complete disorganisation of the senses led to the creation of the most personal and intense literature in history. This piece is performed by a trio, with an improvising free jazz rhythm section comprising bass and drums.
THE HOLY VISIONS
Jane Sheldon (vocals), Lisa Bielawa (vocals), Melissa Hughes (vocals), Abby Fischer (vocals), Kirsten Sollek (vocals)
The Holy Visions is a mystery play in eleven strophes, written for five female voices. It is based on the life, work and philosophy of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), a German Benedictine abbess and prominent figure in German medieval mysticism, but also an innovative composer of Gregorian chants.
Pauline Kim (violin), Jesse Mills (violin), David Fulmer (viola), Jay Campbell (cello)
The Alchemist is a true and faithful chronicling of the esoteric spiritual conferences and concomitant hermetic actions conducted by Her Majesty’s Alchemist Dr John Dee (1527-1629) and one Edward Kelley invoking the Nine Hierarchies of Angelic Orders to visible appearance, circa 1587.