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» NEW LP!! Rova:Zorn “The Receiving Surfaces”
» REMIX Rova
» Other Upcoming Shows
» Favorite Street – Jon Raskin
» RadiOM - Improv:21 archives
» Contribute to Rova:Arts
:: ROVA NEWS: JUN-AUG 2011 ::
The Quartet just played two out of town shows—one in Albuquerque at one of our favorite venues, the Outpost, and one in LA at a new place, The Blue Whale. The gigs gave us a chance to revisit repertoire pieces and also to work up new things, including a new version of the Rova group composition, Contours of the Glass Head—a tour de force of Rova devices and strategies.
We’re now in rehearsals prepping for the SFJazz – Rova:Arts co-production celebrating Rova’s 331/3rd anniversary. New work for our collaboration with DJs P-Love and Olive has been a kick to put together, and promises to provide ideal foils for the two master turntablists. Don’t miss the June 4th show and please spread the word!
In conjunction with our anniversary, we are making available a limited edition, LP-only release of our quintet concert with John Zorn at Yoshi’s SF last August. Later this summer we’ll head into the studio to record quintet music with Russian percussionist, Vladimir Tarasov, a long time Rova co-conspirator for many years.
Ever dreamt about re- or de-constructing one of your favorite recordings—just to explore possible alternate mixes? Read below to find out about an opportunity to mess with our stuff in the REMIX Rova contest.[TOP]
Saturday, June 4, 8:00 PM
ROVA MEETS DJ OLIVE & DJ P-LOVE
Swedish American Hall (above Café Du Nord)
2174 Market Street
Tel 415. 861.5016
In keeping with the “33 1/3 ” theme, Rova will team up with groundbreaking iconoclasts and maestros of the wheels of steel, DJ Olive and DJ P-Love, to create an evening of new sextet music. Working with improvising DJs is not new for Rova (many performances of Electric Ascension featured turntablists, including Marina Rosenfeld, Otomo Yoshihide and Tom Recchion), but this performance will be our first time working as quartet-only with two DJs. The material we’re cooking up for our partners should excite some tight blends and get us all, including you the listener, into some fresh territory. This show will be co-presented by Rova:Art and SFJazz as part of their Spring Season 2011.
Here’s information on the show from SFJazz:
NEW LP!! Rova:Zorn “The Receiving Surfaces”
The Receiving Surfaces —a multi-track recording of the Rova-John Zorn sax quintet in concert at Yoshi’s San Francisco in August, 2010. The HQ-180 vinyl LP is a limited edition of only 300 copies, with no CD or other digital release to be made available now or in the future. The package is beautifully designed by Tania Kaç, and is graced by a deeply compelling photo by our man in Finland, Lauri Nykopp.
Recorded by Eric Moffatt; mixed by Moffat and Larry Ochs; mastered by Kevin Gray; and pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI: the sound is amazing!
The LP exudes a feeling of trust and daring that makes listening to the Rova-Zorn quintet a thrill—explosive, introverted, hair-raising, intuitive, carefree and carefully crafted all at once. The 2010 concert and resultant recording both celebrate a nearly four-decade relationship between Rova members and John Zorn, whom we regard as one of the great visionary musicians and thinkers of our milieu. Even in pre-Rova days we were closely allied with John, and as Rova formed and evolved, our intimate connection with him was maintained through conversation, concerts, recordings, collaboration and friendship. This release may be the culmination of our years in the trenches.
The Receiving Surfaces may be purchased through the Rova:Arts website: http://www.rova.org/. $30 for all US buyers. Payment via PayPal or send a check or money order to Rova:Arts, 333 12 th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. All international buyers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for international shipping costs[TOP]
To celebrate Rova’s upcoming 331/3 Anniversary concert with special guests DJ Olive and DJ P-Love, and to celebrate the release of The Receiving Surfaces, we’d like to make the tracks from Rova’s quartet recording of Steve Adam’s piece “Flip Trap” available to you to rethink, remix, and manipulate as you’d like.
Since the 33 ⅓ Anniversary Concert features 2 turntablists remixing Rova live, and since we have a new vinyl release out, we think it will be cool to see who in the improvised music and DJ communities wants to take a crack at rethinking the recorded, original “Flip Trap” track.
For Remix: We’re making the individual tracks for “Flip Trap” available,plus a host of files from Rovamatic (the Rova-samples CD ROM).
Dig into the individual parts and pieces, chop, flip, rearrange, corrode, and remix them to your heart’s content. Rova dub? Ambient Rova? Hell yeah! We want to hear what you got. We're encouraging remixes that use Rova samples as the only source material, so let us know if you've pulled that off. But if something else seems absolutely essential to include, go for it.
The winning remixwill be chosen in August 2011 in voting by our friends on Facebook after our internal brain trust picks their favorite three. The winner will receive a free copy of Rova’s most recent release, Planetary, that includes “Flip Trap”, a copy of the limited edition LP, TheReceiving Surfaces (featuring John Zorn with Rova), plus another collector’s item: the CD ROM Rovamatic, a sample library featuring the Rova Saxophone Quartet. The top three participants will all receive a copy of the CD Planetary.
We’ll host all submitted tracks on Rova.org for the length of the contest and will feature the top three mixes on our web site for an additional 6 months.
Deadline for submissions: 31 st July/2011. For more details—including rules of engagement, see: http://www.rova.org/projects/.
Other Upcoming ShowsThe Monday Makeout Presents
Monday June 6 @ the Makeout Room
STEVE ADAMS TRIO (10:30)
Steve Adams, saxes
Scott Amendola, drums
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
The Makeout Room
No cover but bring $$ for the ‘pass the hat’.
Thursday June 9, 9:45 pm
The Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series Presents
Luggage Store Gallery
Favorite Street – Jon Raskin
A rare clip of Grant Green
Harrison Birtwistle demonstrates the unpredictable properties of his pebble
The legendary Ethiopian musician Mahmoud Ahmed
The master musician of the shenai, Ustad Bismillah Khan
A clip from a movie about tenor man Jean Baptiste " Illinois" Jacquet
Benny Goodman Orchestra “Sing, Sing, Sing”
“Take the A Train”, Billy Strayhorn tune interpreted by Charles Mingus Sextet in Oslo
A Science video that explains how everything in your life ends up happening at the same time
National Juke Box
“Saxophobia” - Rudy Weifdoft alto
“Sax-O-Phun” - Rudy Weifdoft alto sax
Eubie Blake, piano, 1921
You Are Not a Gadget
A manifesto questioning the technology age by an insider. Questions you hadn’t considered, answered clearly.
This Time We Are Both
“The poet asks ‘who has fallen in with the sound’…”
Ugly Duckling Press
RadiOM - Improv:21 Archives
Want to sample some of the Improv:21 informances?
We will be uploading one show every two months to RadiOM (the archive website of Other Minds) until the entire series is online. There is a lot of stimulating information in each show.
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