April 12, 2018
2537 Broadway, Manhattan
Co-presented with Symphony Space
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 and 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. The first decade of Masada (1993-2003), focused on Masada Book One, 2004 saw the birth of Masada Book Two, The Book of Angels and 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 B’riah.
This special concert featuring John Zorn and three of the most exciting bands from the extended Masada family (Secret Chiefsb 3, Banquet of the Spirits, Zion80) will be an unforgettable evening of new Jewish music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences, and styles.
Few people have done more to keep the klezmer tradition, and the Jewish musical tradition at large, alive than John Zorn. His Masada band melds the melodic content of Klezmer with loose structures and avant-garde sensibilities.” – Forward.com
This concert is part of our Contemporary Jewish Series.