John Zorn, a true New York icon and one of the city’s most influential musicians, turns sixty this September. A composer, performer, arranger, producer, improvisor, impresario, and MacArthur Fellow, Zorn has explored a vast and impressive spectrum of genres — including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised, among many others — over the past four decades. His hometown celebrates with a festival of Zorn@60 performances exploring his epic oeuvre, from the summer through the fall of 2013. Well over 100 musicians, many of them Zorn’s longtime collaborators and all of them hand-selected by the composer, will participate in the performances.
There’s lots to see/hear but this series of events at Anthology Films is a good place to start.
Kicking off Wednesday with Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, Anthology will screen a selection of films featuring the genre-busting saxman’s favorite soundtracks, and then, starting Sept. 20, they’ll show films scored by Zorn, with the man himself performing live alongside films by Kenneth Anger and Harry Smith on Sept. 21, and then appearing for a discussion the next day.