New York City-based composer John Zorn’s prolific career includes just about everything from chamber music to film scores. His latest work is more experimental and avant-garde, as we hear in today’s Fresh Air interview.

For his 60th birthday the city of New York has arranged a series of events to honor is “epic oeuvre.” Today he’s on the show to talk about his career, process, and what turning 60s means to him:

I feel like there are messages, I feel like there are angels, I feel that there is a legacy and an energy. I feel that it’s possible to tap into that. I just don’t believe in ego that much. I don’t think it’s just me. I think you can even just talk about community. I could not do this music without these musicians. It’s about people. Music is about people for me. It’s not about sounds. It’s about people; it’s about putting people into challenging situations. And for me, challenges are opportunities.

via New York Times


John Zorn and Yoko Ono live at The Greene Space in 2012. 

Zorn is at LPR this Sunday for two Zorn@60 shows.


John Zorn’s The Song Project at the Moers Festival in Germany in May 2013. Watch the full set here.

Zorn brings The Song Project (and all of the performers you see in this video) to LPR this Sunday for the first of two back-to-back Zorn@60 shows.


John Zorn, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson performing at the Concert for Japan at the Japan Society 2011.

Don’t miss two amazing Zorn@60 shows this Sunday at LPR. Zorn will be joined by fellow trailblazers like Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Joey Baron, Trevor Dunn and Cyro Baptista.


John Zorn and Mike Patton bringing it during Zorn’s Masada Marathon in 2011.

We can’t wait for Sunday night, when these two unparalleled musical pioneers play back-to-back Zorn@60 shows at LPR.