:: ROVA NEWS: SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2013 ::
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Saturday, September 14, 7:30 PM
Indoor BBQ, Pt. 3 – Rova w. Tim Perkis & John Hanes
Rova continues their collaborative Indoor BBQ series with guests Tim Perkis and John Hanes on electronics. The two artists have different rigs, different palettes, and different improvisational sensibilities they’ll bring for an evening organized by Rova’s Steve Adams. Perkis’s long history with Rova, coupled with Steve’s frequent work with Hanes, provides fertile ground for creative interplay. Adams has composed a new set of works for the evening, including the premiere of his Dark Forest Suite for the sax quartet alone. New pieces for the sextet will include Provisional Star Atlas, written in response to the music of Kurt Weill, Polynodal Discourse, and In the Waterfall, inspired by the film Intangible Asset No. 82 .
The concert will be presented in the round, with Rova playing in the center of the audience and one electronics player positioned behind each half, resulting in an immersive musical environment.
The Center for New Music
No Favorites: A Tribute to Butch Morris in Istanbul
“50% of my background is in jazz, the other 50% is in discovering who I am. I’ve got influences—I like Samuel Barber and I like Marvin Gaye. You can’t ask me who my favorite trumpet player is, because if you name one, you gotta name two, and if you name two, you gotta name three. I don’t have a favorite composer; I don’t have a favorite trumpet player; I don’t have a favorite nothing’” -- Lawrence "Butch" Morris
Rova will return to Istanbul for the first time since 1997 when we performed a solid set of quartet music, and a triumphant collaboration with 4 Turkish percussionists. Performing at the AKBANK Jazz Festival, we’ll team up with a local string quartet and a guitar, bass and drums trio for an evening of improvisations in tribute to our recently departed colleague, Butch Morris. Morris was well received by the improvising community there, and Instanbul’s Club Babylon will be a suitable venue for this ambitious project in his memory. Combining Rova’s Radar system of hand-cue directed improvisation with written material and graphic notation, Rova and guests will create a musical celebration of the legacy of Butch Morris and his conduction system.
Rova @ AKBANK Jazz Festival, Istanbul
Thursday, October 10
Saturday, November 2, 6pm
Vessels for Improvisation ROVA with Shinichi Iova-Koga at the Hyde Street Pier
This will be our first opportunity to work with dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga since our massive collaboration with his group inkBoat in 2006, Glass Head. His inventive movement and boundless creativity will lend an exciting visual component to Rova’s soundscapes aboard the Eureka in the San Francisco Bay.
Rova Member ShowsMonday, September 2 at 7:30 pm
Steve Adams with Ross Hammond and Vladimir Tarasov
Steve Adams - woodwinds
1414 16 th Street
Friday, September 6 at 7:30 pm
Steve Adams, alto saxophone
Center for New Music
Ochs will be working with new and old friends for a week of gigs on the Lower East Side. Click on the link below for details on the different bands performing each night. If you’re lucky enough to be in NYC, catch a show or two.
Sunday, September 15, 8:00 PM
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 PM
Larry Ochs – Don
Robinson (drums) Duo
Larry Ochs – Don
Robinson East Coast Tour
Sunday, September 29 at 8 pm
Outsound Presents T.D. Skatchit & Company’s Surround Sound DVD release with a premiere performance of “Ear of the Storm”, live in surround sound, using the entire space of the Mission Community Music Center! This piece, performed by 15 musicians, is based on an extended skatchbox arrangement, inspired by the wild rhythms of tornados, hurricanes and thunderstorms. The listener is in the “ear of storm,” where music is born out of the elemental noise only to be whisked away by the wind. Multiple musical scenarios, characters and abstractions present themselves within the different phases and sonic locations in the storm. The pre-storm first half of the concert will feature various duos, trios and quartets from T.D. Skatchit & Company.
Community Music Center
Sunday, September 29 at 8 pm
Also appearing the Andreas Willers/Phillip Greenlief Group
Berkeley Arts Festival
Monday, September 30 at 7:30
Saturday, October 5 at 8 pm
The Crane House
Sensitive Skin Magazine is releasing Steve Adams’ project TrisKoTronica online at sensitiveskinmagazine.com . TrisKoTronica is an album of radically new versions of tunes by Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz using alto and tenor sax, bass flute and electronics, bringing an intriguing, startling sound palette to these under-appreciated jazz masterpieces.
Rova Channels Coltrane – DVD Review by Stuart Broomer
Read Stuart Broomer’s review of
the DVD document of Orkestrova’s Guelph performance
of Electric Ascension. Here’s
the link to the article at Point of Departure,
an online magazine that has something interesting in every
issue. In essence this is the first mention in a review
of the DVD, Channeling Coltrane, by filmmaker,
Below is an excerpt, but check out the whole article. The background Broomer provides about Coltrane’s Ascension is fascinating.
The film of the 2012 Guelph performance is a major event
in the documentation of free improvisation, with five synchronized
cameras involved in the filming. It lends new detail to
the sound of the performance as well. The group is very
close to the 2003 personnel, with Hamid Drake on drums
in place of Donald Robinson and Rob Mazurek’s cornet
replacing Otomo’s turntable.
Favorite Street – Bruce Ackley
“Favorite Street” is a Rova News institution which gives quartet members the opportunity to cite some inspirational event, recording, document, film, book, recipe—well, just about anything that can be seen as a motivation for making art. We’ve been compiling lists of favorites for years, and you can see some of them archived on the RovaArts website: http://rova.org/.YouTube:
This is truly unbelievable on so many levels. The depth of the Flamenco scene depicted here completely rips my head off.
Willie Colon with Hector Lavoe
"A modern-day Rosetta Stone, Book Beginning What and Ending Away bridges the wild conceptual experimentalism of the 1960s and the rigid, doctrine-driven personal politics of the 1970s and early 1980s Language poets, while illuminating the path toward a freeform, devastating 'point perspective lyric' that is Coolidge's operative method today."—Tom Orange
Just digging in. Many caves to explore here.
An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
Crocker Museum of Art
Unfortunately, this exhibit is just closing now, but was a great show to catch. It allowed the viewer to virtually step into the milieu of this San Francisco couple, poet Robert Duncan and visual artist, Jess. For decades they held court at their Baker Street house, which was filled with their own art and that of their many friends—much of which was on exhibit at the Crocker. Alongside pieces by Jack Spicer were a film by James Broughton, original copies of early books by Duncan and friends, and riveting paintings by so many artists that were new to me. Back to reading some Duncan.[TOP]
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