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John Zorn brings his multiconcert marathon to ARTIC, pairing 12 ensembles with iconic artworks / Chicago Reader

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In recent years the sprawling variety and prolificacy of works by musician, composer, and community force John Zorn, have been showcased in appropriately ambitious, multiconcert marathon events presented all around the world with enormous casts of musicians. Last month I experienced one of the largest such efforts when Jazz em Agosto, in Lisbon, Portugal, turned over its entire ten-day lineup to Zorn's music and artists from deep within his circle such as Ikue Mori and Robert Dick. But I have to say I think the modest iteration of that format happening this Sunday at the Art Institute of Chicago seems more illustrative of his compositional heft-and it also seems like a more manageable and logical program. A superb cast of musicians will perform in a dozen pieces by Zorn that tilt toward rigorous notation. Each of the 12 will be played by a different ensemble in relation to specific works of art located in across 12 areas of museum at 30-minute intervals. Participating musicians include guitarist Bill Frisell.

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