Posted in music | tour dates on January 8, 2014

by Doug Moore

John Zorn

Legendary saxophonist/composer John Zorn has a well-known proclivity for collaborating from musicians from all walks of life; he recently played with Thurston Moore during the latter's residency at The Stone, for instance and spent much of last year playing with all sorts of folk while celebrating his 60th birthday.

Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, some live footage of the combo is floating around the internet, including the clip below.

Bladerunner have just announced a rare NYC gig at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4. Tickets are on sale. Needless to say, it should be absolutely insane.

The trio will also appear one day earlier in Chicago and at Australia's Adelaide Festival in March, which will also feature Zorn playing with Essential Cinema (which features members of his Electric Masada crew) and Cobra.

Check out that live Bladerunner clip and more dates below...

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John Zorn --- 2014 Tour Dates
Mar 13 Adelaide Festival, Australia (Bladerunner)
Mar 19 Town Hall, New York, NY
May 03 Reggies Rock Club Chicago, IL (Bladerunner)
May 04 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY (Bladerunner)
Aug 01 Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI
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Comments (21)

Zorn's chicken and ribs in Bethpage, NY, finger lickin' good

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 2:45 PM

The original grouping was a quartet with Fred Frith and did 4 live shows 1999-2000 then that was it. Save for a few tracks that surfaced on Music Romance by Zorn, though only one with Zorn himself. The other two tracks had Marc Ribot substituting. For what that's all worth.

Posted by Dave | January 8, 2014 3:23 PM

you're my fact checking cuz....

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 3:31 PM

I saw them inside the mall area at South Street Seaport in I think 1999. I remember buying giant beers in styro cups from a mall type Chinese place right next to where they were playing. Show was insane.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 3:32 PM

Kneel before Zorn!

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 4:11 PM

Could someone tell us some legends about John Zorn?

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 4:38 PM

2:45: Haha, I used to live a couple of blocks away from there, and also right by that Embassy Diner. Hardly ever went to either of them though.

Interesting fact(s), 3:23 and interesting story 3:32.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 4:44 PM

The iZorns

Slayer

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 4:50 PM

John Zorn is no legend. John Zorn makes noise not music. Like a kid banging on a piano. People hear the noise and aspire to be considered cool. So they say thee like Zorn's noise, even though the noise is irritating. Listen to Zorn and Lou Reed ruin Lou's version of Dorita in the name of art. I call it crap.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 4:55 PM

Zorn has released tons of music. There are lots of gems, but also lots of crap.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 5:10 PM

4:55 I'll bet you can't appreciate Mr.Bungle either

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 5:31 PM

444, did you not like Zorn's? I have been to embassy maybe once, just a diner

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 6:25 PM

We're thrilled that Zorn is coming to Australia for Adelaide Festival. We're gearing up for a mind-blowing four concerts.

We interviewed Dave Lombardo over Skype about coming to Adelaide with Zorn - for anyone interested,check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw30xxe_jUI

Posted by Adelaide Festival | January 8, 2014 8:22 PM

5:10 has released tons of anon blog comments. There are lots of gems, but also lots of crap.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 11:19 PM

Bummed they closed the Zorns in East Meadow. Who wants to drive to Bethpage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 9, 2014 10:39 AM

^They did? I hadn't realized, but that was the second location, and I thought was meant to be more of a sit-down eatery than the original zorn's which is really just a takeout place. I haven't had it in a while and now am craving it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 9, 2014 4:48 PM

4:55 I'll bet you can't appreciate Mr.Bungle either

Posted by bitcoin | January 10, 2014 4:21 PM

Laswell, rather than Zorn, is the reason to get excited about these Bladerunner gigs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 9:30 PM

Lombardo, rather than Laswell, is the reason to get excited about these Bladerunner gigs.

Holy crap, tickets are 35 dollars. Their set at South Street Seaport was free.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 5:37 PM

Zorn's released a fair amount of shit, but probably more good stuff (sadly, I think his Adult-Swim-ish fanbase buys more of the shit than the good stuff, but whatever). He's also done remarkable things for the city's avant-garde jazz scene (i.e. helped open the Stone, puts a lot of good artists' work out on Tzadik, etc...)

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2014 12:35 PM

Sounds like New Yorkers are tough on their legends.

And, make no mistake, Zorn IS a legend.

Looking forward to the Chicago show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2014 10:08 PM

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