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John Zorn's 60th birthday celebrations continue in London, with Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn in tow

A plethora of events are being held this year to celebrate John Zorn's 60th birthday. On 12 July Zorn preforms with Mike Patton, Marc Ribot and others at London Barbican. For his birthday, Zorn's asked Patton, Ribot, Sean Lennon and others to put words to tracks from his back catalogue. As well as lyricised Zorn, the night will also include Illuminations, a piano piece inspired by Arthur Rimbaud, his accapella vocal piece The Holy Visions, plus The Alchemist, The Dreamers, plus Zorn's group Electric Masada, and Moonchild: Templars – In Sacred Blood, the sixth release in the Moonchild series with Mike Patton on vocals. Full details for the night over at the Barbican.

Zorn's also performed 60th birthday shows at Moers festival in Germany and Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Canada, plus the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and a show in Glasgow in January where a new work was premiered.