John Zorn’s Masada project has resulted in some of the most exciting new Jewish Music of the past century. Spawning classic modern bands like the Masada Quartet, Bar Kokhba, Electric Masada, the Masada String Trio. It has inspired cutting-edge interpretations by musicians as varied as Joe Lovano, Secret Chiefs 3, Pat Metheny, Cyro Baptista, Craig Taborn, Garth Knox, David Krakauer, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Cracow Klezmer Band, Eyvind Kang, and countless others. The music of Masada has become a touchstone for new Jewish music in the 21st century.
During the first decade of Masada (1993-2003) the repertory was focused on Masada Book One. 2004 saw the birth of Masada Book Two—The Book of Angels. 2014 saw the beginning of the third decade of the Masada dynasty with John’s final collection of Masada compositions with Book Three—The Book Beriah. This special concert, featuring three of the most exciting bands from the extended Masada family—Zion80, Secret Chiefs 3, and Banquet of the Spirits—will be an unforgettable evening of new Jewish music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences, and styles.
Born and raised in New York City, composer/performer John Zorn has been a central figure in the Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from art, literature, film, theatre, philosophy, alchemy and mysticism as well as music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone and has edited and published eight volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA.
Co-presented with World Music Institute