ROVA NEWS – JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2009
In this Newsletter:»Improv:21 Series John Lindberg
& Ellen Fullman
»Rovaté 2009 Fissures, Futures (May 22, 23)
»A new CD from Larry Ochs: Spiller Alley
»Favorite Street: Ackley's World
»RadiOM Improv:21 series archived
Rova projects receive year end kudos:
The Mirror World (for Stan Brakhage) was named Best Large Ensemble Recording of 2008 by All About Jazz New York. Congratulations to project organizer and composer, Larry Ochs, and to all the participants:John Schott, Joan Jeanrenaud, Theresa Wong, Lisle Ellis, Ben Goldberg, Toyoji Tomita, Jen Baker, Darren Johnston, David Bithell, Tim Perkis, Matt Wright, Willie Winant, Gino Robair, Moe! Staiano and to Rova.
In December Rova’s newest release, The Juke Box Suite, was cited as one of the top jazz CDs of the year on the Bay Area NPR radio station, KQED. Congratulations to composer Jon Raskin!
»Improv:21 Series Resumes in January«
Rova:Arts is pleased to announce the continuation of Improv:21, a series of “informances” on 21 st century music that explores the connection between predetermined structure (composition) and performer interpretation (improvisation). Led by master improvisers and composers from the Bay Area (and beyond) and hosted by critic and KPFA radio host Derk Richardson, Improv:21 programs look at the many ways of organizing improvisation through a shifting (i.e. “improvised”) combination of onstage lecture and dialogue, musical demonstration and performance, and audience question-and-answer forum.
All Improv:21 informances will be presented at:
Wednesday, January 14, 7pm
John Lindberg (bassist/composer/performer) will present his views as an improvising composer by showing his short, music-driven documentary, Bass Walk and the recently produced music video, The Myth. He will also perform his composition for solo bass, Fiddlesticks, followed by a discussion and Q&A.
Lindberg embarked on his professional career in 1975 at the age of sixteen. The following year he co-founded the String Trio of New York, a composers’ collective performance unit that has gone on to produce seventeen albums of original music and present hundreds of concerts worldwide. In 1979 he formed his first ensemble dedicated to the performance of his own compositions.
His ensembles and duo collaborations have performed hundreds of concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, East Asia and the Middle East. He has appeared on over seventy-five albums, including recordings with Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Lyons, Steve Lacy, Albert Mangelsdorff, Tony Coe, and Wadada Leo Smith.
Wednesday, February 18, 7pm
Ellen Fullman will present a video documentary on her work featuring her music and sounds on the original "long string" instruments that she has created. Then she will discuss the concepts behind the music with Derk Richardson and the audience.
In 1981 Ellen Fullman began developing the "Long String Instrument", an installation of dozens of wires fifty feet or more in length that are 'bowed' with rosin coated fingers. Fullman has recorded extensively with this unusual instrument and has collaborated with such luminary figures as composer Pauline Oliveros, choreographer Deborah Hay, the Kronos Quartet, Keiji Haino and Francis-Marie Uitti. Fullman is currently an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where she has installed her instrument in what was once the old gymnasium.
Forthcoming Improv:21 artists will include:
Saturday, January 10, 8pm
544 Capp Street
Between 20th and 21st Streets
In a special show organized by filmmaker/musician, David Michalak, Rova will share the stage with innovative Bay Area improvisers, Ghost in the House. Michalak has managed to redirect his moviemaking dreams into the sonic realm with accomplished co-conspirators, Bruckmann, Nunn and Stackpole—all masters of their craft. Each group will do a set of music and will mix it up together.
Ghost in the House is:
Sunday, February 8, 8pm
Reasons for Moving
Café du Nord
2170 Market Street
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Larry Ochs – saxophones
Fred Frith – electric guitar
Devin Hoff – bass
Ches Smith – drums
Friday, Feb 27, 8pm
228 W Broadway #2
New York City
Larry Ochs – saxophones
Lisle Ellis – bass
Trevor Dunn – bass
Michael Sarin - drums
Rovaté 2009 Fissures, Futures
(for Buckminster Fuller)
May 22, 23
About the Project
Lillevan’s work embraces improvisation in its approach to digital animation, combining moving film, “found” historic film stills, and digitally manipulated color design. Fissures, Futures offers the additional artistic challenge of real-time interaction between sound and visual artist during performance. Fissures, Futures will consist of a suite of pieces designed/composed for the ensemble by the members of the ensemble, and inspired by the ideas of visionary philosopher Buckminster Fuller.
Released on the French CD label RogueArt, Spiller Alley is the second CD of compositions created by Larry Ochs for the trio of saxophone, Japanese koto and cello. The first CD was a studio recording released in 2002 on Intakt with Miya Masaoka on koto and Joan Jeanrenaud on cello. Spiller Alley, recorded live on tour in 2006, retains Masaoka but now features the Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee. Peggy Lee has performed with many of the great improvisers of our time including Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Evan Parker, Nels Cline and on and on, as well as appearing in the Vancouver Jazz festival version of Rova’s Electric Ascension.
Favorite Street Bruce Ackley
Ackley’s Mixed Media Favorites
Conversations on the Improviser’s Art
University of Michigan Press
Interviews with musicians often bore me, largely because interviewers can’t figure out how to get at the good stuff that most creative artists have to share, which they often don’t know how to express themselves. Andy Hamilton has put together a series of relaxed and candid conversations with one of the true originals of jazz, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. The book has been engaging and offers a glimpse into the creative process of this committed artist.
Lennie Tristano Quartet
Maya Lin – Systematic Landscapes
The Grand Piano – Part 7
Small Press Distribution in Berkeley is a great place to get hard to find publications by adventurous writers, including The Grand Piano series.
Barack Obama Quartet: The White House Tour
A followup to his 2000 hit recording, Advise and Consent, Obama continues to fulfill the promises of his earlier work and should be topping the charts for the next eight years. Sound relief at long last.
»RadiOM Improv:21 Archives«
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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 are often reproduced in other parts of the world, thereby bringing the work to a broader audience. Also, many Rova:Arts events have been recorded, resulting in releases which have been enthusiastically celebrated.
Rova:Arts continues to produce 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.
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