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Published: 2017/12/25

End of the Year Improv with John Zorn (and Nels Cline Too)

John Zorn has confirmed the lineup for his annual New Year’s Eve Year Improv Benefit show at New York’s The Stone. As in years past, the free-form show will support the haven for experimental music.

The performance will take place on December 31 at 8:30pm, featuring Zorn (sax), Chris Speed (sax), Makigami Koichi (voice), Ikue Mori (electronics), Brian Marsella (piano), Jim Black (drums), Chris Tordini (bass), Okkyung Lee (cello), Jad Atoui (electronics) and a variety of special guests. Later in the night, the venue will host an 11pm engagement featuring PAKORA, a project boasting Speed (clarinet), Tordini, Black and Brad Shepik (guitar, saz). According to the venue’s website “PAKORA is a fabulous instrumental unit inspired by the music of Eastern Europe—a legendary all-star ensemble performing a unique set for the holidays.”

The Stone’s New Year’s week schedule also includes a notable December 29 gig featuring Wilco’s Nels Cline (guitar), his wife Yuka Honda (keyboards), Shanir Blumenkranz (bass), Tim Keiper (drums) and Makigami Koichi (voice, theremin).

As previously reported, The Stone will move from its longtime home on Ave C in New York’s East Village to the campus of the New School in February. (Zorn, who founded The Stone, has been testing out the new space this year and played a set with drummer Milford Graves and bassist Bill Laswell elsewhere at the college on Tuesday.)

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