John Zorn's 65th Birthday Celebration:  Masada Rock Double Bill w/ Cleric & Secret Chiefs 3

John Zorn's 65th Birthday Celebration: Masada Rock Double Bill w/ Cleric & Secret Chiefs 3

Sun · September 2, 2018

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$50 / Discounted 2 Show and 6 Show Passes available

This event is all ages

- Matt Hollenberg, guitar
- Nick Shellenberger, voice, keys
- Dan Kennedy, bass
- Larry Kwartowitz, drums

- Trey Spruance, guitar
- Jason Schimmel, guitar
- Matt Lebofsky, keyboards
- Eyvind Kang, violin
- Shanir Blumenkranz, bass
- Ches Smith, percussion
- Kenny Grohowski, drums

John Zorn
John Zorn
Born and raised in New York City, composer/performer John Zorn has been a central figure in the New York Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy, Alchemy and Mysticism as well as Music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the performance space The Stone and has edited and published eight volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Secret Chiefs 3 was formed in the mid 1990s by Trey Spruance. Originally a chaotic musical staging ground for Spruance's in-depth researches into the hermetic sciences and experiments in occident/orient sound collision, Secret Chiefs 3 has evolved into nothing short of a 23-year musical juggernaut. Crystallized into a parade of touring units of myriad configurations since the late 90s, SC3 has gained momentum in various parts of the world, and has been touring relentlessly up until the present time.

Secret Chiefs 3 extends itself always with an enormous cast of talented musicians. The full list of them would literally go out to dozens and dozens of luminous souls: William Winant, Eyvind Kang, Ches Smith, Shahzad Ismaily, Kenny Grohowski, Danny Heifetz, and so on... SC3 is also prolific, having released over two dozen singles, full-length LPs/CDs and EPs on Spruance’s label Web of Mimicry (which also hosts Cleric). There is also a previous Tzadik CD of music from John Zorn’s Masada Book Two: Book of Angels (Xaphan). Presently a new full-length contribution to Zorn's Masada Book Beriah will be hitting ground in the coming month.

The current Masada lineup has been tested and perfected at concerts in NY, LA, Lisbon and Mexico City, and is ready for SF! For those in the know, this SC3 Masada ensemble exists outside the usual seven "satellite band" aspects of SC3. As per Zorn's new magnum Masada Book Beriah, Secret Chiefs 3's new Masada album "Malkuth" actually ratifies the expansion of the SC3 "seven band" rule beyond the seven-fold world of Formation, out to the world of Beriah (Creation).

Knee-deep and well-established in these enigmas, ever operating as an underground phenomenon outside the reach of conformist hipness, and having recognized no fixed boundaries on the scope of musical vision throughout their existence, Secret Chiefs 3 are natural allies to John Zorn, the maestro and mentor!
Secret Chiefs 3
Secret Chiefs 3
Secret Chiefs 3 have existed in various incarnations over the course of the past eight years, and have served as the funnel for Spruance's remarkably far-flung studies of the hermetic mysteries and musical traditions of unknown and underappreciated subgenres. Album titles like Grand Constitution and Bylaws and Book M hint at the music's vaguely metaphysical bent. Over three years in the making, Book of Horizons is Secret Chiefs' most expansive and coherent statement, an alchemical fusion of Morricone-esque cinematic grandeur, midnight surf guitar, traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and time signatures, demonic death metal, and electronic deviance that yields a work of undeniable force. -Jonathan Zwickel, Pitchfork
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110