Louth Contemporary Music Society Presents John Zorn The Holy Visions

John Zorn The Holy Visions
featuring the Irish Debut of iconic composer and instrumentalist John Zorn.
Thursday 4 October and Friday 5 October Dundalk, Louth Ireland

Mr. Zorn is a towering pillar of a new-music universe he has worked tirelessly to foster and enrich. The New York Times

Louth Contemporary Music Society celebrates the first Irish visit of New York based iconic composer and instrumentalist John Zorn in a mini-festival entitled John Zorn The Holy Visions on 4 and 5 October 2012. The Holy Visions features three performances including two world premieres of Zorn’s music.

John Zorn is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Drawing on his experience in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, classical, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories.

“My musical world is like a little prism. You look through it and it goes off in a million different directions. Since every genre is the same, all musicians should be equally respected. It doesn’t matter if it’s jazz, blues, or classical. They’re all the same.” John Zorn.

Zorn’s long time collaborator, the world-renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his group Banquet of the Spirits, will perform music from their latest cd Caym: The Book of Angels which interprets Zorn’s sublime Masada songbook dedicated to the Jewish diaspora with a Brazilian and middle eastern twist. Banquet of the Spirits’ concert takes place on Thursday 4 October 2012 at 8pm in An Tain Theatre Dundalk.

The following evening at 8pm on Friday 5 October 2012, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will perform an astonishingly beautiful new Zorn vocal work The Holy Visions —a mystery play in eleven strophes — concerning the life, work and philosophy of Hildegard von Bingen for five female voices (2012) in St.Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk. The EQ Ensemble conducted by Gavin Moloney will open Friday’s concert with a world premiere performance of Zorn’s work Missa Sine Voces (2012),a beautiful instrumental miniature for five players written in the form of a Requiem Mass.

Performed as an encore to the Holy Visions concert earlier in the evening ( Friday 5 October 2012), Zorn returns to his first instrument for a very rare event—his first solo organ concert in Ireland when he will bring his compositional mind and improvisation skills to the beautiful Willis organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk. The organ recital will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk at 10.00 pm on Friday 5 October 2012.  This organ recital is a FREE event to those who have purchased tickets for one  or more of the Zorn concerts in Dundalk on 4 or 5 October 2012.  Please retain your paid for Zorn concert ticket as it will be required to gain admission to this free event. One paid ticket provides you with one free admission. Seating is unallocated. Contact Eamonn Quinn eamonn@louthcms.org to confirm your place and also to allow us to estimate numbers who will attend. Please direct any queries to Eamonn Quinn eamonn@louthcms.org

John Zorn The Holy Visions is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society. Louth Contemporary Music Society is financially supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels
8pm on Thursday 4 October 2012
An Tain Theatre, The Town Hall, Dundalk
Tickets: €20/Concessions €15
Tel: 00 353 42 939 2919.
Email: antaintheatre@dundalktown.ie

The Holy Visions
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
EQ Ensemble

8pm on Friday 5 October 2012
St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk
Tickets €20/Concessions €15
www.centralticketbureau.com

ROI: 0818 205 205
UK: 0870 850 2896
Also available from An Tain Theatre Box Office: 00 353 42 9392919

Solo Organ Recital
John Zorn

10pm on Friday 5 October 2012
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk
This organ recital is a FREE event to those who have purchased tickets for one  or more of the Zorn concerts in Dundalk on 4 or 5 October 2012.  Please retain your paid for Zorn concert ticket as it will be required to gain admission to this free event. One paid ticket provides you with one free admission. Seating is unallocated. Contact Eamonn Quinn eamonn@louthcms.org to confirm your place and also to allow us to estimate numbers who will attend. Please direct any queries to Eamonn Quinn eamonn@louthcms.org

Cyro Baptista will also give a percussion workshop for Music Generation Louth on Friday 5 October 2012. Details of Cyro Baptista’s workshop are available soon from www.musicgenerationlouth.ie

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