We optimistically enter the New Year, anxious to blow those first notes of 2007 here and on the road. The Quartet and Rova:Arts have been taking stock of what’s been happening and putting plans together for the next year and beyond. We’re looking at good things on the horizon and hope you’ll be there with us for some of it…hitting our 30 th season!
Rova:Arts is pleased to announce the 2007 season of Improv:21, a continuation of our highly successful series of informances on 21st-Century musical improvisation and composition, led by master improvisers from the Bay Area and beyond.
On Monday February 5 @ 7PMLawrence D. “Butch” Morris – Understanding Conduction
(The gray area between notation and improvisation)
San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
Morris will talk with you and host Derk Richardson about his career and conduction, demonstrating his methods in live performance.
Featuring an ensemble of Bay Area string players:
Awarded the 2006 Herb Alpert Foundation Award for music, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris is recognized internationally as the principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of CONDUCTION. Mr. Morris first considered the possibility and nature of Conduction in 1971 and has utilized its promise to explore new possibilities in the marriage of improvisation and composition for over 30 years.
Conduction (conducted interpretation/improvisation) is a vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real-time musical arrangement or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information for interpretation, and provides instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form.
Improv:21 programs explore the art and practice of improvisation through a shifting (i.e. “improvised”) combination of onstage dialogue, musical demonstration and performance, and audience question-and-answer forum. Reasonably priced and easily accessible, these two-hour events are designed to inform, inspire, challenge, and enlighten a wide-ranging audience, from professional and amateur musicians to listeners of all backgrounds and levels of understanding.
All Improv:21 informances are at 7:00 pm and take place at:
Watch for details on future Improv:21 informances with:
Wednesday, January 17
2 + 2 Concert Series
416 25th Street (near Broadway)
Tickets prices are $8 - $15, sliding scale
Phillip Greenlief + Jon Raskin (saxes) with Kyle Bruckmann + Sara Schoenbeck (double reeds)
(Larry Ochs, Tim Perkis, Mark Miller)
For the second year in a row, Phillip Greenlief (saxophonist and founder, Evander Music) + Jon Raskin (Rova) will present a series of concerts which pair the 2 saxophonists with a duo of like instruments to explore new directions in composition and improvisation.
Future 2 + 2 Concerts at 21 Grand will feature Kris Tiner + Darren Johnston (trumpets – February), Aurora Josephson + Patti Waters (voices – March), Ignaz Schick + Matt Davignon (turntables – April), John Hanes + Gino Robair (percussion – May).
Friday, January 26
Orkestrova Paris 2007:
Electric Ascension continues to yield new worlds to explore thanks to ongoing concert opportunities, the availability of a pool of really great players, and the rich possibilities imbedded in the original Coltrane work. Watch for details on our Philly concert in early February.
Favorite Street: Jon Raskin
This is a list of movies, books and recordings that really grabbed me last year. They are not necessarily new works or releases but things that really gave me food for thought, kept in rotation for long periods, or provided a needed distraction.
BOOKS:Bird Sounds (How and Why Birds Sing, Call Chatter and Screech) Barry Kent MacKay
A wonderful book that explains the science but keeps the magic of how birds sing.
Blindness Jose Saramango
Collapse Jared Diamond
Europe Central William T. Vollmann
Late Victorian Holocausts (El Niño Famine and the Making of the Third World) Mike Davis
Sicilian Uncles Leonardo Sciascia
The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, the Confusion, The System of the World) Neal Stephenson
The Long Tail Chris Anderson
The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? David Brin
Playtime Jacques Tati
Mondo Vino Jonathan Nossiter
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Rainer Fassbinder
Saraband Ingmar Bergman
Nobody Knows Hirkazu Koreeda
Grizzly Man Werner Herzog
Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel
Amestoy Trio le fil
Brian Eno & David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Gangbe Brass Band Togbe or Whendo
John ColtraneThe Complete 1961 Vanguard Recordings
Louis Armstrong The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens
Melingo Santa Milonga
Nathan & Zydeco Cha Chas Hang it High, Hang it Low
Oberosterrich-Salzburg: Volkmusic Rare Shellacks 1910-1949 on Trikont
Aaron Novik Kipple: Flases of Irrational Happiness
Pietra Montecorvino Napoli Mediterranera
Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshide’s New Jazz Quintet Live in Lisbon (featuring Mats Gustafsson)
Accordion, bass and trumpet, playing wonderful compositions.
The past year was full of awesome sonic delights, from the band’s perspective—and that’s saying a lot 30 years down the line. We’re thrilled that many of you joined us in the work, and hope to see you during the coming year. Thanks for helping to make these events happen!Totally Spinning
Held up in record company limbo for several years, our newest studio CD was finally released early in 2006 on the Italian label Black Saint.
Nearly East Coasting
We played concerts in Rochester, Buffalo, Erie, PA and Nashville during a March tour, in wonderful spaces to fresh ears.
A performance-collaboration by Rova and the Butoh inspired dance collective inkBoat (Shinichi Iova-Koga and Yuko Kaseki), interactive media designer Eric Koziol, director Ernie Lafky and lighting designer Allen Willner.
This has been our most developed and engaging collaborative project. We are only sorry that it couldn’t have had a longer run so that more people could have checked it out.
Vancouver (July) and Portugal (August) shows.
The Juke Box Suite
In September we recorded Jon Raskin’s 7 part Juke Box Suite at Myles Boisen’s Guerilla Euphonics Studio in Oakland. Method for packaging and distribution: unknown.
The Starry Plough Rova show with Nels Cline Singers
This December show was either just another amazing gig, or could be the start of a new project coupling Rova with the Nels Cline Singers. The show culminated in an ensemble version of Coltrane’s Living Space, arranged by Steve Adams. WOW!!!
The series has continued all year, thanks to Larry Ochs’ vision and energy, support from audiences, funders and the San Francisco Performing Arts Library Museum, and because there is such a vast community of artists with compelling work to share.
Looking forward – 2007 and beyond
The coming year looks promising on a lot of fronts:
We’re looking forward to a more artistically inclined vibe in the coming months, and hope to make our way in a more peaceful and settled mode given recent changes nationally. Enjoy the budding New Year and go out and listen to something good.