Friday, May 8, 2015

Zorn at LACMA, part 2

A continuation of photos from John Zorn at the LACMA on May 2, 2015....

 I believe this was an owl....

This piece of silver was supposedly special because it was an early example of a piece that allowed for a large variety of foods to be placed on it so people could serve themselves instead of having to be served by a servant.... 

 Paul Klee "Untitled"/ Chris Otto & Kevin McFarland setup for "Zeitghoft"

 I love the painting in the middle. It's such a perfect depiction of "Anger"

The group on the left is crowding around the Jack Pollock "Black and White Number 20" that John Zorn and Dave Lombardo played in front of. When I noticed this single seat over to the side I thought "Oh!!!! How awesome!!! They are having performances in both rooms simultaneously? This is so unique to have the single piece of music played throughout the 3 dimensional space of the museum! Where will the other musicians be located!!?! That's Avant Garde!!!".

Then I realized this single chair was the setup for the piece following, Joseph Cornell "The Trajectory or Ursa Major" w/ Kevin McFarland playing "Untitled for Joseph Cornell".

Anyway, I think that this would be an awesome idea to have the concert played throughout a large 3 dimensional space. I know it would be difficult to pull off, but it would be SO unique and awesome (are you reading John Zorn? I know you supposedly hate anyone writing anything, but this idea is great and if it's been done before, I've never experienced it. Thanks, Me)

I feel this is also when things started getting particularly crazy in terms of the crowd. I personally saw none of this performance (but to be truthful, I'm not the largest fan of the sax and much preferred the quartets.... those made me actually miss playing the bassoon at times because I never had a chance to play anything that interesting...)

 Unfortunately during the Joseph Cornell piece, a docet lead tour came into the room adjacent to the performance and seemed to be carried out with complete ignorance of the cellist and the massive group of people standing & sitting around and listening. Meanwhile the docent rambled about how exciting an oddly shaped white canvas way (because it was reminiscent of female genitalia, but he never said that part but he liked to talk about the hidden seam in the canvas) and about a melancholy woman in a window. BOO. That kinda ruined it a bit for me.

 !!!! I LOVED this painting and the colors in it. Synchromy in Purple by Stanton MacDonald-Wright

 So this is when it became really obvious there were way more people at this event than anticipated. We spent a little time outside before the next performance - the Art of the Pacific Gallery with William Winant and Nava Dunkelman performing "Dark River" & "Gri-Gri".

When we came back inside, we were not able to get into the gallery for the performance since it was "over capacity", but we were assured the music would be loud and we could hear it outside. We got a few rumbles every now and then, but that was about it. So we wandered upstairs to the second level so we could get a birds' eye view of the last performance near the Tony Smith "Smoke" sculpture where the Jack Quartet with Tony Arnold were performing "Pandora's Box"

 Jack Quartet with Tony Arnold and John Zorn, post performance. This one gave me goosebumps at moments...

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