John Zorn 60th Birthday
Jez Nelson marks the 60th birthday of composer and multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, with live recordings from the archives.
How many musicians' careers can be said to have spanned cartoon music, klezmer and extreme metal? None as important as composer and multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, whose 60th birthday is marked in this programme. Improvised music has been a major part of Zorn's musical life, absorbing these sounds and more in long-running groups such as Masada, who feature as part of this celebration with a performance from the Jazz on 3 vaults.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.
Jez is joined by Stuart Maconie, presenter of Freak Zone on BBC 6 Music
Bar Kokhba recorded at the Barbican, London on 25 January 2000
Line up: John Zorn (conductor); Mark Feldman (violin); Erik Friedlander (cello); Marc Ribot (guitar); Greg Cohen (bass); Cyro Baptista (percussion); Joey Baron (drums)
Stuart Maconie selects his favourite John Zorn tracks
John Zorn’s Masada recorded at the Barbican, London on 25 January 2000
Line up: John Zorn (alto saxophone); Dave Douglas (trumpet); Greg Cohen (bass); Joey Baron (drums)