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John Zorn Presents the Aleph-Bet Sound Project

Jun 8, 2008–Feb 1, 2009

Acclaimed musician John Zorn curates a series of original sound pieces based on a letter of the Hebrew alphabet by such leading musicians and composers as Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Erik Frielander, Chris Brown, and Terry Riley.

about the exhibition

Highly-acclaimed musician John Zorn was commissioned by The Contemporary Jewish Museum to curate a series of sound pieces for The Museum’s Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Yud Gallery, a unique space featuring a 65-foot ceiling, 36 diamond-shaped skylights, and walls that converge at different angles.

Featuring new work by leading musicians and composers, the Aleph-bet Sound Project acoustically explores the Kabbalistic principle that the ancient Hebrew alphabet is a spiritual tool full of hidden meaning and harmony. The works musically link the alphabetic symbols in architect Daniel Libeskind’s design for the new facility with The Museum’s mission of exploring traditions within a contemporary context.

featured artists
  1. John Zorn
  2. Laurie Anderson
  3. Lou Reed
  4. Chris Brown
  5. Erik Friedlander
  6. David Greenberger (Duplex Planet)
  7. Z’EV
  8. Terry Riley
  9. Alvin Curran
  10. Christina Kubisch
  11. Marina Rosenfeld/Rez Mesinai
  12. Jewelia

The Contemporary Jewish Museum's presentation of John Zorn Presents the Aleph-Bet Sound Project is supported by a generous grant from The Guzik Foundation.

Image Credit

Header image: Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Yud Gallery, photo by Paul Dyer.