Brooklyn’s Roulette presents the world premieres of three works by John Zorn.
The avant-garde concert and performing arts venue Roulette, located in the New York borough of Brooklyn, is hosting this Wednesday at 8 p.m. the concert John Zorn: Three Premieres, which, as the name suggests, will consist of three world premieres of works by John Zorn: Sigil Magick, subtitled A Curious and Detailed Exposition of Sigils, Signs, and Hieroglyphs Peculiar to the Occult Orders, Hermetic Brotherhoods, and Dark Mystery Schools of the Late Middle Ages, The Gas Heart and Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Present Itself as a Science. It is a programme of pieces composed for string instruments, performed by selected members of Zorn’s inner circle.
Sigil Magick is a concerto for cello and string quartet: respectively maestro Michael Nicolas and the JACK Quartet. The Gas Heart is a kind of short Dada opera for two cellists and two percussionists (all of whom are also singers): Jay Campbell and Michael Nicolas on strings and Sae Hashimoto and Ches Smith on percussion), inspired by Zorn’s interest in the artistic current founded by Tristan Tzara and based on the play of the same title, Le Cœur à gaz, written by the Romanian artist as a parody of classical drama in the form of a non sequitur. Finally, the concert ends with a recent twenty-minute piece by Zorn, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Present Itself as a Science, written for six strings: the JACK Quartet, cellist Michael Nicolas and violist Yura Lee. The concert is in person and will not be available on the Internet, as was customary at Roulette.K
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