Posted in music | tour dates on September 12, 2012

John Zorn
John Zorn

On October 10, Le Poisson Rouge is hosting 'Save The Village: A Benefit Concert,' which will feature performances from avant-garde saxist John Zorn, Thurston Moore (who plays with his band Chelsea Light Moving at 285 Kent tonight [9/12]), guitarist Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox, and performance artist John Kelly. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The benefit goes to support NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan:

NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU's own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU's outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We want NYU's administration to focus on education, not real estate.
For even more info on the issue, visit here and there's a video below as well.

John Zorn's next performance at The Stone (the venue that he founded and performs at regularly) happens this Saturday (9/15) with Ikue Mori (of DNA and many other things) and Sylvie Courvoisier, who has collaborated with both John and Ikue in the past.

Another upcoming show at The Stone this month is Marc Ribot (who we just mentioned will be one of the guests at the upcoming Medeski Martin & Wood residency) and Roy Nathanson on September 19. In October, The Stone is being curated by Secret Chiefs 3 member Timba Harris, and shows include Kayo Dot plays Toby Driver's "In The L..L..Library Loft" on October 6, Secret Chiefs 3 plays "Masada" on October 11 and a lot of other Secret Chiefs 3 related shows, notably frontman Trey Spruance playing the following day (10/12), Harvester (aka Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, and Ryan Sawyer) on October 14, BloodMist (whose lineup includes Toby Driver) on October 16, John Zorn's annual Halloween Improv NIght (10/31), and many others.

A video of John Zorn's Naked City playing a full concert in NYC from 1992 is below.

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John Zorn's Naked City at Marquee CLub - 4/9/92

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Comments (20)

He got his name from Home Alone.

"Had enough........... or are ya THURSTON for MOORE??????"

They were so upset and distraught by Macaulay Carson Culkin's ritualistic suicide that they retroactively named their already-adult child after that line.

18,493 people were drowned in the ensuing court battle between Thurston and his parents, which was the inspiration for the song "[s]He's In A Bad Mood"

(Strange and oft-forgotten coincidence: prior to this name change, his birth name was "BrooklynVegan Comments.")

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 3:57 PM

Who cares about Thurston? This is JOHN ZORN, we're talking about!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 3:59 PM

what ever happened to sonic youth?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:04 PM

Oh my God, the brilliance of Zorn moves my artistic soul.

The way he randomly honks on a saxophone for an hour makes no sense to me, and is actually irritating and unpleasant, but people say he's a genius, and since I'm a genius, I just love love love his music... nay, his ART!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:09 PM

"makes no sense to me"

Because you are a moron.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:19 PM

Um, didn't you read the comment? He's a genius.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:23 PM

Same day as Swans..fuck

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:24 PM

Swans are playing again later that month, you sadistic rapist

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:48 PM

Save the Village? The Village, and NYC in general, is long gone. Enjoy your Starbucks, froyo, and convenient bank ATMs. The transient transplants have taken over.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 5:06 PM

Number one thing transient transplants like to do: complain about each and every thing 5:06 is complaining about.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 5:18 PM

I really hope some 50+ years old art rockers can save the Village. I'm really really concerned.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 6:03 PM

6:03 no, obviously it's gonna be upper middle class suburbanite NYU students.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 6:12 PM

Anyone can make noise. Lou Reed bought this guy's and L.A.'s BS and lost all creativity.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 7:28 PM

Lol that John Zorn is playing Friday night at the NYU Skirball Center.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 8:30 PM

Thanks for your grateful student upcomingevents informations.

Posted by Srk | September 12, 2012 11:58 PM

Let NYU expand and build. Everything in the village has sucked for the past 10 years. It's a tourist trap with a few rich people and students living in it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 8:05 AM

let's bring attention to this important issue... and myself

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 10:15 AM

You have to hand it to Zorn, he's been sucking a long long time and getting paid for it. The truly talentless are often the most prolific.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:10 PM

Why would he be against an NYU expansion, Jewish people love him?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:28 PM

john is looking great.

Posted by jordon | July 22, 2013 1:49 PM

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