Wild Man, Iconoclast, Dreamer: 60 on John Zorn at 60 (Part 2)
“One cannot categorize [John] Zorn,” says cellist Fred Sherry, who dubs the New York music icon “a big subject: friend, composer, wild man, confidante, connoisseur, dreamer, idealist.” In a two-part online celebration of Zorn’s 60th birthday, we asked 60 artists, poets, and musicians—including Yoko Ono, Meredith Monk, and Terry Riley—to share their reflections on a music pioneer.
Visionary, Mensch, Dude: 60 on John Zorn at 60 (Part I)
When we asked an array of musicians and artists—including Laurie Anderson, Nels Cline, and Bill Frisell—to share their reflections about John Zorn on the occasion of his 60th birthday, three words kept recurring: “visionary,” “mensch,” “dude.” In a two-part celebration of Zorn’s sixth decade, we share 60 birthday wishes for this celebrated improviser, experimenter, and genre-jumping producer.
Trisha Brown: From Falling and Its Opposite, and All the In-Betweens
Philip Bither highlights some of Trisha Brown’s less-recognized but tremendously influential dance innovations, from aerial movement inventions to equipment-based performance.
Prime Matter: Abraham Cruzvillegas on “Autoconstrucción”
“When an object is discarded by a person, it’s valueless,” says Abraham Cruzvillegas. “For autoconstrucción, it could be seen as prime matter.” The Mexico City-based artist gives such “dead” objects a new use by “revealing instead of hiding their nature.” Here Cruzvillegas discusses how this idea of “self-construction” underpins his artistic practice and offers a metaphor for the creation of his own identity.
Sibyl Kempson: The Push and Pull of Playwrighting
Elevator Repair Service became an international sensation with Gatz—part of a trilogy involving onstage readings of classic dead-guy literature: Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway. So what happens when they co-create their next production with “one of the most radical, transgressive, and hilarious playwright/performers out there”? That someone, the very much alive Sibyl Kempson, talks about the experience.