ROVA NEWS – SEPTEMBER 2008
In this Newsletter:»Rova’s 32nd Season
»Favorite Street – Jon Raskin’s Picks
»RadiOM – Improv:21 series archived online
Rova’s 32nd Season
As Rova steps into its 32nd season, we’re busy, artistically and administratively, realizing some ambitious projects over the coming nine months. During September the quartet will spend two days in the studio recording our ‘graphic’ pieces. We’ll have a couple of local shows in the fall, including a reprisal of the Rova-Nels Cline Celestial Septet in November, and a recording session with them. December should include a European tour which is now being coordinated. After rounding the corner of 2009 we’ll play in Berkeley and San Francisco, head to the Southwest US for a quick tour, host Rovaté 2009 and then head to Italy for shows in June... totally spinning.
Early this month we’ll be in the recording studio documenting several of Jon’s and Steve’s graphically notated compositions which have been part of our recent repertoire. Since these graphic pieces are stacking up, it’s time to turn them into digits for posterity and, with luck, eventual CD release.
Adams’ Graphic #35 (shown here) will be on the roster for recording. An especially engaging aspect of these compositions is that they are suitable for a wide range of ensembles and could be performed by improvising novices as well as seasoned players. And they tend to get at sonic areas that are elusive or neglected in settings which are either more or less structured.
Upcoming ShowsFriday, October 3, 8:00
Eye Music for Ears, Part 2
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Fresh from the studio, the quartet will perform a two set concert of original music with a focus on Raskin’s and Adams’ graphically notated compositions. This will be a great opportunity to hear Rova in an optimum accoustic environment in North Berkeley. If you haven’t been to the Hillside Club, you’ve got to see and hear it.[TOP]
Favorite Street: Jon Raskin’s PicksJon offers 3 things which have been "really inspiring":
#1: The work of Chris Ware
I recently had the fortune to hear Ware discussing his work along with Art Speigelman at the JCC in SF. The Acme Novelty Company and Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth were written for the "second reading" as he mentioned that night. This quote has made me reflect about the way that I see sound and hear images.
From Chris Ware:
#2: Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means
#3: Decoding Ferran Adria
RadiOM – Improv:21 series archived online
Want to sample some of the Improv:21 informances? Below are links for you to stream many of these exciting programs:
To get news from Other Minds click here.[TOP]
Contribute to Rova:Arts
Formed in 1977, Rova’s been in a state of continual artistic renewal for over 3 decades. Rova:Arts, formed in 1986 to support the activities of Rova, has been instrumental in producing local projects and advancing an ongoing cultural exchange between local Bay Area artists and the international scene through its Rovaté concert series. These events, made possible by funding to Rova:Arts, have engaged Bay Area musicians and composers as well as musicians from around the world. Rova:Arts projects often are reproduced in other parts of the world, thereby bringing the work to a broader audience. Also, many Rova:Arts events have been enthusiastically received when released as recordings.
Rova:Arts has produced the Improv:21 series, providing a forum for innovative musicians like John Zorn, Fred Frith, Oliver Lake, Miya Masaoka, Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins and others to share their artistic visions and unique paths to creativity, with you the audience, in an intimate setting.
We’re excited to welcome Betsy England to our administrative staff. Betsy is sharing her time between Rova:Arts and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where she is a Performing Arts Assistant. Betsy’s enthusiasm and energy will assist us in presenting some great programming this year.
Click here to find out more and to Join Rova:Arts. Thanks for being part of the art.[TOP]
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