John Zorn: The Holy Visions – 4th & 5th October, Dundalk

Louth Contemporary Music Society are bringing legendary New York avant-garde composer John Zorn to Dundalk for a two day mini-festival on 4th & 5th October featuring three performances and the world premieres of two new pieces.


John Zorn is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Drawing on his experience in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, classical, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories.
“My musical world is like a little prism. You look through it and it goes off in a million different directions. Since every genre is the same, all musicians should be equally respected. It doesn’t matter if it’s jazz, blues, or classical. They’re all the same.” – John Zorn.

Zorn’s long time collaborator, the world-renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his group Banquet of the Spirits, will perform music from their latest cd Caym: The Book of Angels which interprets Zorn’s sublime Masada songbook dedicated to the Jewish diaspora with a Brazilian and middle eastern twist. Banquet of the Spirits’ concert takes place on Thursday 4 October 2012 at 8pm in An Tain Theatre Dundalk.

The following evening, Friday 5 October 2012, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will perform an astonishingly beautiful new Zorn vocal work The Holy Visions —a mystery play in eleven strophes — concerning the life, work and philosophy of Hildegard von Bingen for five female voices (2012) in St.Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk. The EQ Ensemble conducted by Gavin Moloney will open Friday’s concert with a world premiere performance of Zorn’s work Missa Sine Voces (2012),A beautiful instrumental miniature for five players written in the form of a Requiem Mass.

Performed as an encore to the Holy Visions concert earlier in the evening ( Friday 5 October 2012), Zorn returns to his first instrument for a very rare event—his first solo organ concert in Ireland when he will bring his compositional mind and improvisation skills to the beautiful Willis organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk. The organ recital will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk at 10.00 pm on Friday 5 October 2012. The organ recital is FREE to those who have purchased tickets for either the 4 or 5 October 2012 concerts.

John Zorn The Holy Visions is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society. Louth Contemporary Music Society is financially supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth.


Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits
An Tain Theatre Dundalk
8pm, Thursday 4 October 2012
Tickets: €20/Concessions €15 
Tel: 00 353 42 939 2919. 
Email: [email protected]


John Zorn: The Holy Visions
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
The EQ Ensemble
St Nicholas Church Of Ireland, Dundalk
8pm, Friday 5th October
Tickets €20/Concessions €15 / An Tain Theatre Box Office: 00 353 42 9392919


John Zorn Solo Organ Recital
St Patricks Cathedral, Dundalk
10pm, Friday 5th October
Free admission to those who have purchased tickets for either of the other two concerts on 4th or 5th October 2012. Tickets for the organ recital are only available by emailing [email protected]


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