Walker's 2012-13 season: Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche

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Music and dance in the Twin Cities at the Walker Art Center continues to not only be the best source for witnessing and experiencing incredible talent from around the world but also remains as one of the top institutions around.

Internationally recognized as a leader whose steadfast ability to inspire collaborative works and take risks on a grander scale makes news every year when they announce a new season as they did this week. Here's what's coming for the rest of 2012 and the first half of 2013!

Some highlights among the endless list of fantastic theater and modern dance coming to the Walker this year include Australian dance troupe Back to Back, with their on-the-surface bizarre, "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich" at the beginning of the new year, as well as the more subtle -- a joint effort between local choreographer Emily Johnson and Brooklyn's experimental music ensemble So Percussion, with a world premiere at the Walker in September.

For music fans, the season bears mind numbingly generous fruit from some Walker staples Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, pianist and Golden Valley native Craig Taborn, and on two separate occasions, Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche -- stretching out from their day job with Wilco -- with performance collaborations of their own, the latter of which will be trading beats and rhythms with our own Martin Dosh in February.

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As if it were a gift heaven sent for experimental jazz fans, the Walker will essentially be hosting a birthday celebration in the spring for pioneer John Zorn's 60th with a marathon day that has him performing in a minimum of three different cumulative settings, which will focus on the variety his hugely influential body of work comprises. Though it's nearly a year away, the anticipation and possibilities should only increase as Spring 2013 approaches.

Here's a list of the announced music performances, all of which have gone on sale at the Walker Art Center this week. More information and ticket info available at the Walker website.

Sō Percussion
with Emily Johnson, Grey McMurray, and Martin Schmidt

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Walker Commission/World Premiere
Friday-Saturday, September 28-29, 8 p.m.

Laurie Anderson
Dirtday!
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, 8 p.m.

Zammuto + Eluvium
Saturday, November 10, 8 p.m.

Nels Cline/David Breskin/Ed Ruscha
Dirty Baby
US Exclusive Engagement
Thursday, November 29, 8 p.m.

Ben Frost
Saturday, February 9, 8 p.m.
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 West Sixth Street, St. Paul

Glenn Kotche
Ilimaq and Martin Dosh Collaboration

Saturday, February 16, 8 p.m.

Sarah Kirkland Snider and Shara Worden
(My Brightest Diamond)
with yMusic
Penelope and new chamber works
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 26-27, 8 p.m.
SPCO Center, Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul

Cynthia Hopkins
This Clement World
Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, 8 p.m.
Thursday, $18 ($15); Friday-Saturday

John Zorn @ 60
Featuring Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Erik Friedlander, and more

Saturday, April 6
Program I: Game Pieces, 4 p.m.
Marc Ribot Solo/Hockey Wet and Dry/Cobra
Program II: Radical Jewish Music, 7 p.m.
Erik Friedlander Solo/Masada String Trio/Bar Kokhba
Program III: Lounge/Noise/Beyond, 10 p.m.
Aleph Trio/Enigmata/Moonchild instrumentals and more....
plus a Zorn @ 60 Blow Out Finale

Fatoumata Diawara
Friday, April 12, 8 p.m.
The Cedar, 416 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis

Heroic Frenzies: The Music of Craig Taborn
Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.


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