The Stone: John Zorn's Latest Downtown Venture
"It's some kind of weird, organic formula that makes sense to me, Zorn says. "I think it can work and I feel like I have to give it a chance. The Stone is meant to be a place for focused listening. It will have a small stage, a simple sound system and a piano and should accommodate an audience of around 80-85 people.
A mentor and champion of the usually transient scene, Zorn hopes to create something lasting. The sense of permanence and stability that Zorn hopes The Stone will provide is reflected in its name. It also honors the late Irving and his wife Stefanie Stone, two longtime supporters and friends of the downtown community. Ultimately, it is all about community for Zorn.
"We are a small utopia in a sense - that's what the music is: it's music by people who believe in what they're doing, it's music that comes from their heart, it's free of a large measure of greed and hypocrisy, Zorn explains. "It's as close to the truth as we can get.
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