Genius Alert

2:30 PM -- John Zorn is coming to town!

That's Macarthur Fellow John Zorn to you, recent recipient of $500,000 from what's colloquially called a "genius grant." (You'll want to scroll to the bottom of that link; it's arranged in alphabetical order.)

Most folks got this news from Stephen Colbert's show several weeks ago, which was quite funny. You get the feeling the Colbert writers savored the chance to sneak Zorn's music onto national TV. (Should that clip stop working, here's a couple more.)

OK, maybe you hated that. Well, Zorn is also an honest-to-goodness composer of modern classical music, and he explores "normal" jazz with his legendary Masada projects. But the grant probably has more to do with his work nurturing new music through his Tzadik record label and his music venue The Stone.

Don't know if it's related to the award, but Zorn is playing at Jazzschool in Berkeley tomorrow, alongside Ikue Mori, who produces sounds from laptop computers and drum machines. Roll your eyes if you want, but it's going to be sold out. I've got my ticket.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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