John Zorn: Hu Die & Jang Mi Hee

Friday, April 8, 1988 @ 9:00 pm

Two shows, this night only at 9:00 and 11:00. From John Zorn’s project called New Traditions of East Asian Bar Bands: “Hu Die” for Chinese narration and guitarists Fred Frith, Bill Frisell and narrator Vivian Wong with texts by Arto Lindsay, translated by Ruby Chang. And the World Premiere of  “Jang Mi Hee” with drummers Joey Baron, Gerry Hemingway and narrator Moon Sung-Lim with texts from Korean gossip columns.


John Zorn’s untangling, extending, and illuminating of unresolved, highly potent concepts dangled by artists from Artaud to Braxton to Earle Brown to Hieronymus Bosch, his study of and immersion in Jewish culture, mysticism, military strategy and tactics, aural traditions, cartoons, cinema, and brutal noise has produced one of the most important bodies of musical work of the last century, and opened a path for the next. Beyond his compositions, Zorn is an accomplished saxophonist, bandleader, and an ardent promoter of experimental music. He founded the record label Tzadik in 1995 and has served as curator and artistic director at numerous New York music venues, including the Knitting Factory, Tonic, and The Stone, which he founded in 2005. A highly prolific creator, Zorn has hundreds of recordings and compositions to his name and has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. –Bio as of 2019