As in years past, John Zorn will be back this week at his East 2nd Street music club, The Stone, to close out 2016 with a series of special “Improv Nights.” But this year’s concerts are likely to be bitter-sweet. News broke in the past couple of days that the beloved center of avant-garde music is apparently closing in early 2018. The good news: There’s still another year to enjoy music at The Stone.
As the Destination: Out Twitter feed noted on Monday, the not-for-profit club’s online calendar for Feb. 20-25 of 2018 includes the following entry: “Farewell to The Stone: John Zorn Improv Week Celebration to ring the bell, close the book and quench the candle for The Stone.”
The New York Times contacted Zorn to find out what’s happening:
In an emailed statement, Mr. Zorn confirmed the timing of the closure, but added that a future was likely for the Stone in another space. “We hope to secure a new location and discussions are proceeding, but as yet nothing has been definitely decided,” he wrote. “We do hope you will all enjoy this last year in our historic underground East Village location and that you will all follow the music wherever it leads,” continues the statement, which he said would be soon posted to the club’s website. “Venues come and go, but the music continues on forever!”
This week’s improv performances take place Thursday and Friday. These are benefit concerts to help the venue “stay afloat.” Here’s the Facebook invite if you’d like to attend.
Jazz icon and Lower East Side fixture John Zorn is putting his money where his mouth is, along with the Abrons Arts Center and a host of fantastic New York musicians. Zorn has returned to the Abrons to organize a Friday night concert benefiting the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in March.
Zorn has a deep history with Japan, having worked there for several years in the ‘90s, and that personal connection triggered him to spring into action, team up with the Abrons Arts Center, and assemble nearly 20 top artists in an effort to raise funds for the cause.
The night will be split into two shows, an early set, and a late set. Among the congregating songsters are such heavyweights as Grammy award winners Norah Jones and Jesse Harris, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Sex Mob. The Arts Center as well as the performers are donating their services to ensure that 100% of the funds generated go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. See below for a schedule and full listing of all the amazing talents participating in this special event.
April 8 | 6:30 + 9:30 pm
MASADA STRING TRIO
ALHAMBRA TRIO WITH ROB BURGER
AYA NISHINA & FRIENDS
JAMIE SAFT AND NEW ZION
IKUE MORI & JOHN ZORN
MARK FELDMAN & SYLVIE COURVOISIER
BUKE AND GASS
G THIRLWELL’S MANOREXIA
For more information and to buy tickets, click here for the Abrons Arts Center website.
Innovator, composer and musician John Zorn has announced one of his three benefit concerts for Japan earthquake relief will be held at Abrons Arts Center on April 8th. Zorn will host two shows that evening and has invited over a dozen big-name musicians from the realms of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde to come together in support of recovery efforts in Japan. The performance at 6:30p will include Thurston Moore, Matthew Shipp, Gyan Riley, Masada String Trio, Erik Friedlander and more. The performance at 9:30p will include Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Vinicius Cantuaria, Buke and Gass and more.
Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks for a New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side.
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND – 8PM at Bowery Ballroom
If you’re planning to ring in the new year on the Lower East Side, what better way to do it than with a downtown legend. Poet, award winning author, and American punk pioneer, Patti Smith, welcomes 2011 at the Bowery Ballroom. On the 31st, the artist that gave us such essential albums as “Horses” and “Easter,” will deliver an experience that will undoubtedly bring on feelings of delivering a death-blow to one year and celebrating the noisy, messy birth of another. $55 // 6 Delancey Street.
You can catch a marathon sampling of the 316 compositions from John Zorn‘s Book of Angels – an “illuminated manuscript of jazz” – at Abrons Arts Center, tomorrow night and Thursday night, at 8:00pm. The work, written during three months at the end of 2004, has been performed by a wide variety of ensembles over the past five years and the music has generated thirteen CDs to date, with four more scheduled for release in 2010. This marathon concert brings together ten different groups in two evenings — five bands per night. Featuring Cyro Baptista, Erik Friedlander, Mark Feldman, Ben Goldberg, Shanir Blumenkranz, Sylvie Courvoisier, and many more. $30, $35 at the door.
WNYC-FM's David Garland (Spinning on Air) will host a marathon concert to benefit Mode Records at Abrons Arts Center this Saturday beginning at 6pm. The concert will celebrate the label's 25th year of cutting edge modern classical, avant-garde and new music. There will be an "early show" (6pm) with a special solo performance by Philip Glass and a rare performance of John Cage’s “Concert for Piano and Orchestra” with special guests.