Saturday, March 24, 2018
ROVA PLAYS THE BIG EARS FESTIVAL
Saturday March 24, 2018 - 11:50 PM!
SPECIAL MIDNIGHT PERFORMANCE OF THE JOHN COLTRANE MASTERWORK, RE-ARRANGED BY ROVA FOR AN ALWAYS UNIQUE ENSEMBLE OF GUEST STAR MUSICIANS.
MORE DETAILS COMING UP!!!
Rova’s excited to announce our premiere appearance at Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, March 22 – 25, 2018!
Rova shows - as a quartet on march 23...Electric Ascension on March 24 at 11:55 PM
Probable starting lineup for Electric Ascension:
Batting first in right field... oops sorry, wrong show. Okay:
Rova Quartet -- Ochs, Ackley, Raskin, Adams - saxophones
NELS CLINE - electric guitar
JENNY SCHEINMAN - violin
MAZZ SWIFT - violin
OKKYUNG LEE - cello
IKUE MORI - electronics
YUKA HONDA - keyboards, eleectronics
DEVIN HOFF - electric bass
CHES SMITH - drums
Declared “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by The Oxford American Magazine, Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts.
Rova will perform twice during the festival. Joined by a lineup of creative luminaries, Orkestrova 2018 will present John Coltrane’s Ascension, reimagined as Electric Ascension.
In its traditional quartet formation, Rova will also perform a unique site-specific set, Sound in Space, designed to explore the enhanced acoustic properties of the Knoxville Museum of Art.
The rap at Big Ears site as of 1.27.18
“The Rova Saxophone Quartet is an equivalent of the Kronos String Quartet,” John Rockwell astutely noted in The New York Times. “Both are San Francisco foursomes devoted to new music with a vernacular twist.” That was 1990, less than halfway into a career that has reshaped the very ways the saxophone and the jazz quartet itself are perceived. Formed in a moment of great jazz reinvention, Rova became a pioneer of the woodwind quartet format by ruling that, first and foremost, there were no rules. They’ve since dabbled in wide-open improvisation and neoclassical structure, rock hybridization and electronic updates. The quartets ranks have swollen to big-band and jazz-orchestra size and incorporated a top-notch roster of collaborators and composers, all forcing Rova to think outside stereotypes of its past and its pedigree. The quartet’s forty-year discography is a testament to compulsive restlessness and top-notch musicianship—an empire of borderless exploration, built around an instrument with some of the strongest preconceptions of all.
At Big Ears 2018, Rova will perform twice. In its traditional quartet format, the group will dig into a powerful discography that has gleefully twisted genre lines. And then, they will expand into 'Electric Ascension,' an ongoing examination of the musical spirit of John Coltrane based on his 1966 landmark, 'Ascension.' Rova largely re-created the album in 1995 before returning to it a decade later with a different task—embrace its lessons and spirit of ecstatic group improvisation while delivering a wildly new interpretation of the sound itself. On 2006’s 'Electric Ascension' and 2016’s 'Rova Channeling Coltrane,' Rova enlisted an all-star cast of collaborators to pivot between sharp solos and vibrant ensemble work, channeling the operating principle of Coltrane’s 'Ascension.' At Big Ears, they’ll gather a new crew in order to ascend again.
Monday, March 26, 2018
ROVA PLAYS TUSCALOOSA, AL
University of AL Main Concert Hall
In our first trip to Alabama, Rova will present new work in Tuscaloosa as part of our southeast US tour.
Friday, May 04, 2018
ROVA PLAYS SAN FRANCISCO
NEW CD RELEASE PARTY
Friday, May 4
SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian's
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Rova will play music from our new CD, "In Transverse Time", to be released in April on the innovative, and always adventurous, Canadian label, Victo. We'll reprise vintage Rova material from the vaults, in celebration of our 40th year presenting new music in the Bay Area and beyond.
Friday, May 18, 2018
ROVA PLAYS VICTORIAVILLE FESTIVAL IN CANADA
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MUSIQUE ACTUELLE DE VICTORIAVILLE
FRIDAY MAY 18 AT 8 PM
ÉGLISE ST-CHRISOPHE D’ARTHABASKA
40 rue Laurier Ouest, Victoriaville