the stone at the new school reopens

The iconic downtown performance space will feature artist residencies by pianist-composer Kris Davis and guitarist-composer Mary Halvorson for its first two weeks of new programming

The Glassbox Theater at The New School

October 12, 2021, New York - The New School anounced today that The Stone, the landmark downtown performance space founded and curated by John Zorn, will reopen its doors after a 19-month hiatus on Thursday, October 21 at The New School’s Glassbox Theater.

“From March 2020 to September 2021 the pandemic denied musicians the magic of the live concert experience, forcing them to either forego performing altogether, or to work under the unsatisfying live streaming format that afforded neither the perfection of a studio recording nor the excitement of performing in front of a live audience. With great pleasure we are proud to announce that The Stone at The New School is reopening with a fabulous lineup of artists continuing The Stone's tradition of presenting a wide range of creative musicians in a focused, respectful manner with little or no distraction. The Stone is and always will be a safe home for the mavericks, misfits and visionaries of the musical world, and is dedicated to presenting their cutting-edge music exactly as they envision it without compromise,” said John Zorn.

After 13 years in the East Village, The Stone moved to The New School’s College of Performing Arts in 2018 where it occupies The Glassbox Theater in Arnhold Hall. From March 2018 up until March 2020, when the pandemic overtook New York City, The Stone presented five performances a week, 49 weeks a year. For the remainder of 2021, there will be three performances each week, Thursday through Saturday.

The first week will feature a residency by pianist-composer Kris Davis (Oct. 21–23), followed by guitarist-composer and 2019 MacArthur fellow Mary Halvorson (Oct. 28-30) who is faculty at The New School’s School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Both artists will perform with collaborators from the College of Performing Arts at The New School including faculty members Ben Street (bass), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Patricia Brennan (vibraphone); faculty and alumnus Tomas Fujiwara (drums), and alumni Nick Dunston (bass), and Henry Mermer (bass).

“In the relatively short amount of time that The Stone has been at The New School, it has quickly become a foundational element of who we are at the College of Performing Arts and we’ve gone so far as to create a new graduate program for the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes School of Music that is dovetailed to the artists and programming of The Stone. It seems to me that The Stone may be more important than ever in the role it plays for access to this community of musical artists and we are thrilled to play our part in returning live music to downtown Manhattan,” said Richard Kessler, Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts.

Due to health and safety protocols in place for The Stone at The New School, it is recommended that patrons register in advance. As a result of social distancing, the number of available seats for any given performance at The Stone will be 35, which is half of pre-pandemic capacity. Advance registrations will be held up until 8:20 pm at which time they will be released. Payment for tickets continues to be cash-only at the door. Audience members must show proof of vaccination and ID, be masked at all times, and have had a negative PCR test within no more than seven days prior to the performance. Those who do not have proof of vaccine or proof of a negative PCR test will not be allowed into The Stone at The New School.

SCHEDULE:

THE STONE RESIDENCIES: KRIS DAVIS, OCT 21–23

10/21 Thursday at 8:30 pm
Kris Davis Quartet
Milena Casado Fauquet (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano), Ben Street (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums)

10/22 Friday at 8:30 pm
Kris Davis Trio
Kris Davis (piano), Stephan Crump (bass), Johnathan Blake (drums)

10/23 Saturday at 8:30 pm
Bagatelles CD release party!
Kris Davis (piano), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Noah Garabedian (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES: MARY HALVORSON, OCT 28–30

10/28 Thursday at 8:30 pm
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Mary Halvorson (guitar), Jessica Pavone (viola)

10/29 Friday at 8:30 pm
Mary Halvorson: Amaryllis
Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Nick Dunston (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

10/30 Saturday at 8:30 pm
Mary Halvorson, Nick Dunston & Henry Mermer
Mary Halvorson (guitar), Nick Dunston (bass), Henry Mermer (drums)

Find the complete calendar of The Stone at The New School at http://thestonenyc.com/calendar.php

The Stone was founded in 2005 by the composer-performer John Zorn, who also serves as artistic director. Soon after opening, The Stone established a reputation as a hub for performances by a wide range of experimental musicians – artists that defy conventional categorization. A no-frills and no-nonsense space, The Stone was designed intentionally to focus attention on the artists and their music. Many have come to see The Stone as a sort of temple of music, where there are none of the distractions of food being sold or the hustle and bustle of waiters bringing drinks to the table. In a small and intimate environment, artists are free to perform whatever they choose and receive 100% of the ticket revenue for every show.

Over the years The Stone has presented a literal who’s who of experimental and avant-garde music, including many who received some of their first bookings before other venues would consider them, as well as those you would not ordinarily be able to witness in such an intimate environment through any other venue.

Over 7,500 performances have been presented by The Stone since 2005.

At the heart of The Stone is John Zorn, admired by many for knowledge of and ability to think and work across an extraordinarily wide range of styles and genres. Zorn draws heavily on his own orbit of artists in the curation of The Stone’s season, where for the remainder of 2021 and across 2022 the Stone will feature the likes of William Parker, Susie Ibarra, Brooklyn Rider, Sean Lennon, Joel Ross, Mary Halvorson, Laura Ortman, and many others. Each artist will program their three or four-night residency, expanding exponentially the range of artists performing that week.

The College of Performing Arts at The New School (CoPA) was formed in 2015 and draws together the Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, unbridled experimentation, a progressive education, and world-class performances.

The 1,100 students at CoPA are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty at CoPA collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more. 

The curriculum at CoPA is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs, are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. 

New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Henry H. Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.

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