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Gird thy loins: John Zorn headed West

February 9, 2009 |  5:58 pm

Zorn250 As heard from one of the kindly clerks at Amoeba Records this weekend -- and confirmed on John Zorn's MySpace page (remember those?) on top of various blogs and message boards -- the ever-unpredictable saxophonist and downtown NYC fixture will venture out of the 212 and into the Pacific Time Zone for a run of shows next month.

Sadly, you're probably more likely to see Gila monsters rain on the Chinese Theatre than see Zorn perform in L.A. (though it has been hailing here of late), but he will be kicking up his heels at Yoshi's in San Francisco from March 10-15 in various configurations, joined by fellow merry pranksters such as Trevor  Dunn, Mark Ribot, Joey Baron and many more.

Tickets are available for $20-50 a pop at Yoshi's website for enterprising and eager-to-travel fans of jazz and experimental music, with packages available for the full run of early or late shows for a neat $200. We won't be joining in on the fun, as much as it pains us to admit (curse this recession!), but if you do end up dropping the coin to bask in Zorn's mad genius, do check back with us early and often.

Full rundown after the jump, plus a video of Zorn's Bar Kokhba ensemble burning a room down in Warsaw as well as footage of the man's nitrous-burning, serpentine tone with Electric Masada.

How much does it cost to get from Burbank to SFO again?

-- Chris Barton

Photo from John Zorn's MySpace page.

Two shows each night, 8 and 10 p.m.
March 10: John Zorn with the Secret Chiefs 3
March 11: Masada String Trio
March 12: Masada
March 13: Bar Kokhba
March 14: The Dreamers
March 15: Electric Masada