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Weekend Concert Series

John Zorn 70th Birthday Celebration

New Masada Quartet

Sunday, October 22, 2023
1:30 pm

The New Masada Quartet is

  • John Zorn, saxophone
  • Julian Lage, electric guitar
  • Jorge Roeder, bass
  • Kenny Wollesen, drums 

John Zorn’s project in “Radical Jewish Culture,” Masada has been creating thrilling music for over thirty years and has amassed a huge international audience. Since the 1990s, Zorn has written several hundred tunes (which he has described as “Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales” put together) for a flexible array of ensembles who interpret this huge repertoire. The most exciting and incisive Masada groups have been those led—as this one will be—by Zorn himself on saxophone. This dazzling new quartet promises to bring down the house.

This concert runs approximately one hour with no intermission.

New Masada Quartet, Photo provided by John Zorn.


August 16 - 22, 2023

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Hemenway & Barnes LLP is the lead corporate sponsor of the Weekend Concert Series. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: The Coogan Concert in memory of Peter Weston Coogan; Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; David Scudder in memory of his wife, Marie Louise Scudder; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; and Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. The piano is dedicated as the Alex d’Arbeloff Steinway. The harpsichord was generously donated by Dr. Robert Barstow in memory of Marion Huse, and its care is endowed in memory of Dr. Barstow by The Barstow Fund. Music at the Gardner is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.