John Zorn For Adelaide Festival


Adelaide Festival Director David Sefton has announced an exclusive Australian appearance in the final week of next year’s festival (Tuesday March 11 – Friday 14 March 14). Zorn in Oz sees John Zorn in his Australian debut, with an exclusive series of six one-off marathon concerts across four evenings.

The 60-year-old Zorn, who studied guitar and flute before choosing the alto saxophone, has been prolific over the past 30 years with more than 100 albums released under his name in a variety of genres – from avant-garde jazz to classical and rock. Zorn has played a key role in the New York avant-garde scene since the mid-‘70s. His breakthrough recording was 1985’s The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays The Music of Ennio Morricone.

Zorn’s compositions have been performed by many artists including the Kronos Quartet and Medeski, Martin & Wood. He has also composed dozens of film scores and is the founder of the Tzadik label.

In 2001 John Zorn received the Jewish Cultural Award in Performing Arts from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and in 2006 was named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2007, he was the recipient of Columbia University’s School of the Arts William Schuman Award. In 2011 Zorn was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame by Lou Reed.

Adelaide Festival publicity promises that, ‘Forty years of relentless genre busting musical experimentation, performance and composition will be distilled into six concerts, four of which are over three hours in length.’

Artistic Director David Sefton said: “I am thrilled and proud that Adelaide Festival will present John Zorn in Australia for the first, and most likely the only time ever. The epic scale of these concerts is a testament to the range and diversity of Zorn’s music. There really is no one else like him and this is Australia’s chance to finally see him live.”

There will be more than 40 of Zorn’s closest collaborators traveling to Australia from the United States (including Mike Patton, Milford Graves, Bill Laswell, Marc Ribot, Joey Baron and John Medeski), in addition to Australian contributions from Elision Ensemble and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, each of the concerts should be a unique musical experience.

On sale dates: 

Zorn in Oz

All concerts on sale early evening Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Festival Theatre | 11 Mar – 14 Mar | $35 – $129 |

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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