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John Zorn

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With Many Thanks,
John Zorn

Born and raised in New York City on September 2, 1953, John Zorn is a composer,
performer, artist, universalist, and aesthetic philosopher who has forged an independent path
through stylistic domains that range from the classical avant-garde to many popular idioms. His
work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy,
Alchemy, Mysticism, as well as Music. He learned alchemical synthesis from Harry Smith,
structural ontology with Richard Foreman, how to make art out of garbage with Jack Smith,
cathartic expression at Sluggs, and hermetic intuition from Joseph Cornell.

In addition to his composing, recording and performing Zorn is a firm believer in
community and a tireless champion of experimental music, film, art, poetry, and
theatre—organizing festivals, recordings, concerts, and helping to establish venues and
opportunities for performance. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995 (which has released over
1000 recordings of new and adventurous music); runs the performance space The Stone at the
New School (which has presented over 7000 concerts and 100 musical workshops since 2005)
and has edited and published ten volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA.

Honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Cultural Achievement Award from the
National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the William Schuman Prize for composition from
Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010
and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ghent, SUNY Purchase, and New
England Conservatory.


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