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ROVA NEWS :: MARCH - APRIL :: 2010
After months of background on the website, composing, planning and rehearsing, Rova is about to emerge for a flurry of activity—both locally and on the road. Except for our February concert at Noe Valley Ministry, which was an exciting prelude to our upcoming events, the quartet has essentially been behind the scenes preparing. The Other Minds Festival will kick this phase of Rova work off this weekend, and then we hit the road. New CDs are coming and local shows are being arranged. We hope you’ll be listening. Visit our new website for the whole story on what’s happening; hear and watch what we have posted there; and to get involved in the Rova:Arts community: www.rova.org.[TOP]
Pandæmonium @ Other Minds 15
Pandaemonium is a newly commissioned work for Rova by composer, violinist and band leader, Carla Kihlstedt, to be premiered by the quartet (with narrations by dramatic readers Joan Mankin and Matthias Bossi) at Other Minds Festival 15 on March 6. The work is partially informed and influenced by the intriguing book of the same name by Humphrey Jennings—a collection of “images” culled from the Industrial Revolution; Pandaemonium promises to be an important entry into to the saxophone quartet cannon and a valuable cultural contribution.
Rehearsals have been exciting and we think the work will be truly provocative. Joan and Matthias have been a joy to work with and are helping to make the piece come alive. Take a look at some video clips on our site of Carla talking about her music world and her perspectives on Pandaemonium—and you can get a peak at Tallulah too: http://rova.org/projects/videos.aspx
Don’t miss this concert!
Saturday, March 6th, 8:00 PMROVA Saxophone Quartet and Matthias Bossi & Joan Mankin, Narrators
Premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s
Other Minds Festival 15
Jewish Community Center, SF
3200 California Street
Also at Other Minds on March 6:Gyan Riley
When Heron Sings Blue (2010) - Gyan Riley Trio (w. Scott Amendola, Timb Harris, and special guest Michael Manring)
Combinations (2003) - Quatuor Bozzini
Eggs and Baskets (1987) - Clemens Merkel, violin; Stephanie Bozzini, viola; Johnson, narrator
7:00 Panel discussion with all 3 composers
Rova on Tour
March 16: Rova “Art of the Improviser, Chicago”(Fred Lonborg-Holm – anti-cello; Lou Malozzi – electronics; Julia Miller - multi-speaker MIDI guitar; Jason Roebke – bass)
Chicago Cultural Center
March 17: Rova Quartet
March 18: Rova Quartet
March 19: Rova Quartet
March 20: Rova with guest John Zorn
Form Free Form
The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church
Jon Raskin Quartet: Jon Raskin - reeds and electronics, Liz Allbee – trumpet, John Shiurba – guitar, Ches Smith - drums
Carla Harryman, Steve Benson: words and voices
The following shows involve Rova members and are all at The Stone in NYC during March
The Steve Adams Trio
John Zorn founded The Stone in 2005. The idea was simple but startling: open a small performance space for adventurous music of all kinds which would be completely for and about the music. No bar, no food, no distractions. You come in, you pay a very modest entrance fee, and you experience a set of music that will never happen again. And 100% of the money the audience pays to hear the music goes to the musicians, with the rent and other finances covered by benefit performances, some volunteer employees, and a series of special CDs sold to support The Stone. And it’s still working, with 12 performances a week by a who’s who of improvised music, plus many other stellar performers from other areas of the music universe.
Each month Zorn selects a musician to curate for 2 to 4 weeks; the curator has total freedom to book as they wish. I had the honor to be asked some time ago to book 2 weeks in March 2010. I decided to have one series running through the period that focused on words and music primarily—not including pop, rock, folk and other music forms that normally include lyrics (although some of that is happening too). And then I thought that there were a lot of West Coast musicians who rarely get to perform in New York, and this was an opportunity to give them a venue to play at. Now, The Stone is a door gig, so how exactly everyone was to make it to New York from California to play was a problem; but, many musicians were thinking about going to New York “sometime in 2010” anyway and, to my surprise, my phone calls galvanized them to make the effort in March, rather than waiting until later in the year.
So it is with pleasure that I am able to introduce New York listeners to some bands I don’t think have ever been there before. The list includes Dohee Lee-Theresa Wong Duo, who are creating beautifully intricate tapestries of vocal sounds; on the same evening: Cylinder, a collectively led quartet (everyone composes) with former Chicagoan Aram Shelton on alto sax and clarinet, the way under-exposed Darren Johnston on trumpet, mover and shaker Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass, and San Francisco-based master Kjell Nordeson on drums; the guitar power-trio called QWOC, consisting of Devin Hoff, Weasel Walter and Ava Mendoza, in a band that really shows off what she’s got going on with the guitar. Other musicians coming through include Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi on March 31, and while they have of course performed in New York, on this jaunt they’ll premiere the live version of a recently recorded CD. I take particular pleasure in the fact that Oliver Lake will be doing a solo show while I am still in New York myself, and that The String Trio of New York will be doing their first club concert in a decade during this two week stint.
As for the “word and music” series, I was looking for the edge, not the center. So it’s really nice to be presenting Erica Hunt (March 17), Carla Harryman (March 21 with Jon Raskin’s quartet) and Carlos Torres on March 25. Not to mention California performers Pamela Z (March 30) and Aurora Josephhson (March 16), and the great Tom Buckner who sings with Jason Kao Hwang’s fantastic ensemble on 4/27.
Former California resident Lisle Ellis leads off the two weeks of my stint, March 16 with a nonet! Scott Amendola and Charlie Hunter play a very rare duo set on March 23. Vinny Golia comes in from L.A. to do 2 shows on March 24. Ned Rothenberg plays March 28, Marty Ehrlich on March 17, and a Buffalo Sax-Drum Power Duo closes things out on March 31. I feel like it’s a festival really. But in the end it’s what happens in New York every night of the year.
I mention all this not only because I’m excited, but also because most of you reading this do not live in New York but do have friends there. They might not be aware of The Stone, and tipping them to any of the California artists that make it into town only occasionally would be nice. They’ll be happy you told them and The Stone will gain some new audience members.
For a complete listing of all the artists performing at The Stone, during Ochs’ curatorial period (March 16 – 31), and for shows before and after that, visit: http://thestonenyc.com/
Remember, each set is a separate admission and all proceeds go to the musicians![TOP]
Rova, Lost Planet, Past Present Future
LOST PLANET (Slusser/Weinstein/Patterson/Clarke) - 8:30
Bruce Ackley / Henry Kaiser Duo
Matt Small’s Chamber Ensemble
Koret Auditorium in the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
Matt Small – composer, bass, lecturer, Steve Adams – saxophone, flute, Rachel Condry – clarinet, Kymry Esainko – piano, Micah McClain – percussion, Sarah Jo Zaharako – violin, Chris Grady – trumpet (special guest)
Matt Small’s Chamber Ensemble performs the premieres of commissioned works by Matt Small, inspired by traditional forms and principles of Silk Road-region music. Matt will also lead a presentation on the cultural influences of ancient Egyptian culture at the time of King Tut by Silk Road traders, and trace the evolution of musical instruments from the ancient Silk Road to modern times.
Admission is free
Saturday, April 10, 8:00 pm
The Jazz School
An afternoon of music by John Cage for the exhibit The Visionary Art of Morris Graves
Saturday, April 18, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Atlas Eclipticalis by John Cage (1962)
Jon Raskin, Steve Adams and Phillip Greenleif - woodwinds
Steve Adams and John Hanes - electronics
Kingman's Ivy Room
[Also appearing Flormadecking, Ross Hammond, Missincinatti, Will Erokan]Kihnoua in Europe:
Ochs, Dohee Lee, Scott Amendola and bassist Wilbert de Joode
April 26: Padova, Italy
We All Feel the Same Way
SoLyd Recordings (SoLyd SLR 0396)
Mark Dresser – bass, Larry Ochs – tenor and sopranino saxophones, Vladimir Tarasov - percussion
1. In Jones We Trust
Recorded live in 2008 at Bulthaup Center by Design in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the famous jazz institution for improvised music, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Amsterdam, by all means see the new Bimhuis. If every city—or even every one that considered itself a major city— had a venue like this for improvised music, things would be very different indeed. We might even have universal health care in this country by now!
These 5 free improvisations, totaling 71 minutes of music, are from the first tour by this trio after several performances in Northern California. It’s an exciting band to play in: I feel like I’m very much flying without a net 90% of the time. The CD is currently available at CDBaby.com and is available at iTunes and other platforms for download:
RadiOM - Improv:21 Archives
Want to sample some of the Improv:21 informances?
Here’s what’s available at the moment:Wadada Leo Smith
Lawrence “Butch” Morris
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