Dear Friend of Rova:
Last Monday the Rovas gathered at Steve Adams’ house to recount recent accomplishments, as well as to gaze ahead to planned and imagined dream projects. As we oriented the quartet to the future, we unflinchingly reaffirmed our commitment to adventurous music-making, Rova style. As our 5th decade unfolds, we remain passionate about creating, performing and recording works that take listeners, as well as us and our collaborating players, on improvisation-rich excursions—points of departure that offer inspiration and motivation in these troubled times. We’re writing you now, as 2018 comes to a close, to ask for your support in the year to come.
Some recent milestones include:
• Our 40th Anniversary Concert at the Lab, SF, featuring Wobbly, Dohee Lee and AC Villa
• An enormously successful tour of the US southeast, including 2 shows at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, and concerts in Atlanta, Athens, Chattanooga, Tuscaloosa and Orlando
• Release of our latest CD, In Transverse Time, on the Canadian Victo label
• Presentation of No Favorites, our tribute to Butch Morris, at Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, featuring and expanded all-star band of SoCal players
• 4 city tour of France
• Recording of our next CD, planned for release in 2019
In the coming year, we have many exciting projects lined up, all of which your generous gift will help make possible:
• Collaboration with producer Gino Robair to make a studio-based recording—resulting in pieces that cannot be performed live, but are only possible through the magic of the studio
• Following on this past year’s tribute to Cecil Taylor, we’ll present a Rova-expanded ensemble take on Taylor’s “Dark to Themselves”—a remarkable composition recorded by his band in 1976
• Fall US tour, including participation in the Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI
• Collaboration with pianist and composer, Myra Melford
• Work with guitarist and deep sea diver, Henry Kaiser, to record with Weddell seals
With the end of the calendar year rapidly approaching, we’d greatly appreciate your joining or renewing your commitment to our community of adventurous creators and listeners with a year-end gift to ROVA:ARTS, Rova’s nonprofit organization.
We look forward to sharing coming projects with you throughout 2019, as we collectively reaffirm our commitment, through music and art, to freedom of expression, mutual understanding, basic human dignity and decency, and relentless status quo–shattering. Please join us!
The ROVA Saxophone QuartetJon Raskin
PS Remember that donations made by December 31, will be eligible for a tax deduction in 2018.
Rova:Arts programs have made a lasting difference in the Bay Area's musical and cultural life. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us continue our commitment to artistry and community throughout the coming year.
Thank you for taking the time to read about ROVA:ARTS, and we appreciate your support.
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