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John Zorn Presents Three Special Benefit Concerts for Japan

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In the wake of the disaster that struck the country of Japan and the still unresolved dangers its people now face, composer and saxophonist John Zorn has organized three special benefit concerts in New York City.
In the wake of the disaster that struck the country of Japan and the still unresolved dangers its people now face, composer and saxophonist John Zorn has organized three special benefit concerts in New York City.

Shows will be held at Columbia University's Miller Theater, the Abrons Arts Center, and the Japan Society to raise funds to directly benefit earthquake and tsunami victims. Each night will feature performances by some of the most amazing artists working in modern jazz, rock and experimental music, including Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, Mike Patton, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto,Thurston Moore, Elliott Sharp, Norah Jones, and many more.

The musicians and venues have donated their time and energy to ensure that 100% of the proceeds from each event will go directly to the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund. These performances promise to be special opportunities for a great community of musicians and music lovers to come together and aid a nation in crisis.

For further information or to make a donation to the Earthquake Relief Fund, visit the Japan Society's website. For details on specific performances and ticket information, contact the venue listed.

Schedule: (Lineups may be subject to change)

Sunday, March 27 at MILLER THEATER 8:00PM (UPDATE: THIS CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT) Featuring Sonic Youth, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mike Patton, Cibo Matto, Mephista, Uri Caine, Marc Ribot, John Zorn's Aleph.

Friday, April 8 at ABRONS ART CENTER

6:30 pm Jack Quartet, Milford Graves, Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier, Elliott Sharp, Ikue Mori & John Zorn, Jamie Saft and New Zion Trio, Miya Masaoa, Aya Nishina and Friends, Erik Friedlander, the Alhambra Trio with Rob Burger, Ned Rothenberg, Masada String Trio, Gyan Riley, Matthew Shipp and Thurston Moore

9:30 pm Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Sexmob, Elysian Fields, JG Thirlwell's Manorexia, Buke and Gass, Vinicius Cantuaria

Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002

Saturday, April 9 at JAPAN SOCIETY 11AM-11PM Japan Society will present a 12-hour Concert for Japan, with diverse musical acts throughout the day. Scheduling is still being confirmed. Contact the Japan Society for more details. ENTRANCE FEE: $5, cash at the door. CONCERT SEATS: $100 per gala block (Entrance Fee Included)—On Sale Soon! Food and Drinks will be available for purchase.

Confirmed gala blocks are:

1 PM Gala Block Philip Glass & Hal Willner Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson & John Zorn

6 PM Gala Block Ryuichi Sakamoto solo Bill Laswell with gigi band

Concert for Japan is generously supported by Mitsubishi International Corporation and Kikkoman Corporation.

Japan Society 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017

Abrons Arts Center presents

A Concert to Benefit Japan Earthquake Relief Hosted by John Zorn and featuring Norah Jones, Thurston Moore, Jesse Harris with Ikue Mori, Masada String Trio, Vinicius Cantuária, many more, plus surprise guests

Friday, April 8, 2011 6:30pm and 9:30pm shows $35 Balcony seating; $50 Orchestra seating 100% of proceeds will be donated to support Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund.

Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand Street (at Pitt) New York, NY 10002 212-598-0400 Trains: F/M or J/Z to Delancey/Essex; B/D to Grand St.

(New York, NY) More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Abrons to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming," says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I've always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I'm just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night."

The lineup includes feature performances by Grammy award winning Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, and the influential Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). An early and late show will feature two different sets by Ikue Mori and John Zorn, Vinicius Cantuária, Masada String Trio, Buke and Gass, Erik Friedlander and Sylvie Courvoisier, JACK Quartet, Elysian Fields, and many more. Surprise guest artists are to be announced.

Both the performers and the theater are donating their services, ensuring that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit near Sendai on March 11. Funds will be donated to the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund.

ARTISTS 6:30pm THURSTON MOORE MATTHEW SHIPP GYAN RILEY MASADA STRING TRIO NED ROTHENBERG ALHAMBRA TRIO WITH ROB BURGER ERIK FRIEDLANDER LIZZ WRIGHT & AYA NISHINA MIYA MASAOKA JAMIE SAFT AND NEW ZION TRIO IKUE MORI & JOHN ZORN ELLIOTT SHARP MARK FELDMAN & SYLVIE COURVOISIER MILFORD GRAVES JACK QUARTET

9:30 pm NORAH JONES JESSE HARRIS VINICIUS CANTUARIA BUKE AND GASS JG THIRLWELL'S MANOREXIA ELYSIAN FIELDS SEX MOB

Tickets are $35 (Balcony seating) and $50 (Orchestra seating) per show, and available at www.abronsartscenter.org or www.theatermania.com

The Abrons Arts Center is a division of Henry Street Settlement, which has provided social services and artistic programming to Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1893. Abrons opened thirty-five years ago to house Henry Street's visual and performing arts alongside its community-based arts training. The performing arts program inherits the century-long legacy of the Neighborhood Playhouse, where some of the most adventurous artists have trained, taught, or performed, including Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie, Martha Graham, Philip Glass, Alicia Keyes, Alwin Nikolais, Lou Reed, Denzel Washington, and Orson Welles. Today Abrons' programming includes modern dance, new music, avant- jazz, burlesque, cabaret, experimental theater, and all manners of downtown performance. Abrons Arts Center

466 Grand Street (at Pitt St.) New York, NY 10002 P: 212.598.0400 F: 212.505.8329 www.abronsartscenter.org

Trains: F/M or J to Delancey/Essex; B/D to Grand St.

Sunday, March 27, 8:00PM Concert to Benefit Japan Earthquake Relief SOLD OUT

More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Miller Theatre to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming," says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I've always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I'm just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night."

The lineup includes feature performances by musician and artist Yoko Ono, and her son Sean Lennon; Japanese-American indie duo Cibo Matto; and the influential band Sonic Youth. Vocalist Mike Patton will appear as a special guest, and Mephista, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, and John Zorn's Aleph Trio will also play short sets.

Both the performers and the theater are donating their services, ensuring that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit near Sendai on March 11. Funds will be donated to the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund.

ARTISTS: Sonic Youth Yoko Ono Sean Lennon Cibo Matto (Yuka Honda & Miho Hatori)

MILLER THEATRE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS presents a benefit concert for Japan hosted by JOHN ZORN and featuring SONIC YOUTH, YOKO ONO, MIKE PATTON SEAN LENNON, CIBO MATTO with Mephista, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, and Zorn's Aleph Trio

100% of proceeds will be donated to support Japan earthquake relief efforts

Sunday, March 27, 8:00 PM

Tickets: $50, $100 * Student Tickets: $25



Mike Patton, vocals Mephista (Susie Ibarra, drums; Sylvie Courvoisier, piano; Ikue Mori, electronics) Marc Ribot, guitar Uri Caine, piano, Aleph Trio (John Zorn, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums)

Programs and artists are subject to change.

Columbia University's Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University is the leading presenter of new music in New York City and one of the most vital forces nationwide for innovative programming. In partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts, Miller is dedicated to producing and presenting unique events in dance, contemporary and early music, jazz, opera, and performance.

Major Support for Miller Theatre is provided by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Columbia University's Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

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