Curating John Zorn's The Stone in New York this October will be Thirsty Ear's Blue Series president Peter Gordon, who picks the acts from 1–15 October. As well as The Stone curatorship, Thirsty Ear will also be hosting a clutch of group and solo performances.
The series opens with Vernon Reid on 1 October, followed by Lafayette Gilchrist. Musicians playing will largely be previewing forthcoming releases, including Matthew Shipp, who plays two nights showcasing material from this year's Art Of The Improviser and Elastic Aspects, scheduled for release in 2012. Other artists previewing material are Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut, Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone, Dawn Of Midi, plus a trio of Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson, and Peter Evans.
Outside of The Stone shows, Matt Maneri will lead four group performances, Lafeyette Gilchrist and Elliott Sharp will lead two each, and there will be performances from Jessica Pavone, the Mara Rosenbloom Quartet, High Priest (of Anti-Pop Consortium), and DJ Spooky and the Antarctica Ensemble’s The Book of Ice.