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John Zorn’s performance venue The Stone to close its doors

The New York venue hopes it will find another home from 2018 onwards

After 13 years in action, John Zorn’s not for profit experimental music venue The Stone looks set to close its doors. Founded in 2005 by Zorn, who holds the role of Artist Director, the venue in Manhattan’s East Village has staged more than 7000 performances. 100 per cent of its ticket sales go to performers, and with no refreshments or merchandise sold onsite, expenses are covered through donations and the selling of limited edition CDs featuring live recordings made at the venue. According to its website, The Stone’s last gig is scheduled to happen in February 2018 – however the venue remains hopeful of finding a new home.

“All of us at The Stone extend heartfelt thanks to the musicians who have performed here, the volunteers who have kept it running, our patrons who have given generously to help cover our expenses and to our audience for its support,” writes Zorn. “We do hope you will all enjoy this last year in our historic underground East Village location and that you will all follow the music wherever it leads. Venues come and go but the music continues on forever!”