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:: April - June 2019 ::

In This Dispatch:

Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! A Cecil Taylor Tribute

Other Rova Shows

Upcoming Rova Member Shows

New Adams and Ochs Recordings

Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! A Cecil Taylor Tribute

Saturday, April 20, 8:00 PM

Orkestrova / Positive Knowledge / duo B.


80 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Rova:Arts is excited to announce our upcoming tribute concert to jazz master pianist/composer/poet Cecil Taylor. In a 3 part program, Rova and collaborators will present works composed or inspired by Taylor. Driven by a desire to follow up on Rova’s successful 2018 concert Air: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor, and an interest in revisiting Taylor’s compelling album-length composition, Dark to Themselves, Rova has assembled an ensemble of serious practitioners deeply influenced by his monumental music to present this special event, Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!
ORKESTROVA: Dark to Themselves

Rova, Larry OchsJon RaskinBruce Ackley, and Steve Adams, will be joined by guitarists Jean-Paul Bourelly and Henry Kaiser, bassist Jason Hoopes, and drummer Donald Robinson to present Steve Adams’ arrangement of Dark to Themselves—a 1976 Taylor work that has not been performed live in more than 4 decades. In keeping with Rova’s approach to the other artist tributes the quartet has explored, the intent is to celebrate this significant work in the spirit in which it was created: honoring the intrinsic design of the piece, while delivering the work with imaginative energy and the magic of Rova’s improvisational structures. The fire of guitarists Bourelly and Kaiser, supported by the rhythm section of Hoopes and Robinson, will burn through the Rova horns to reignite Taylor’s 1970’s masterwork.
Positive Knowledge

Taylor’s poetry is an important limb on the tree of his creativity. Poet and vocalist Ijeoma Thomas will join Oluyemi Thomas, on soprano sax, bass clarinet and percussion, to present original works dedicated to Taylor, as well as poems by him. As Positive Knowledge this groundbreaking duo will reflect on the words and voice of Cecil Taylor to illuminate an important aspect of his output.
Positive Knowledge

duo B.: Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within)

Bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and percussionist Jason Levisduo B., will play a mini-set of music informed by its investigations of the solo piano improvisations of Cecil Taylor. This concert represents the culmination of a multiple-year process of immersion in Taylor’s 1976 live solo performance Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within), which Levis and Mezzacappa have explored through extensive rehearsal and research, and over several West and East Coast tours. The music is visceral, dynamic, urgent, relentless, unequivocal—but also created from a very open and vulnerable creative space. A studio recording of the project was released in 2017.


duo B. 

Other Rova Shows

Saturday, June 29th, 7:30 PM

Rova Plays San Francisco

Bird & Beckett Books & Records

653 Chenery Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

More details here.
This will be Rova’s first concert in this intimate neighborhood setting. After Rovas heard Beth Schenck’s wonderful sax quartet, Social Stutter, at Bird & Beckett, we were convinced that this cozy spot would be a great room to hear Rova. Expect some new works, as well as choice pieces from our repertoire. 

Upcoming Rova Member Shows

April 13th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Bruce Ackley, Solo

The Soprano Saxophone: A Personal Journey with the Straight Horn
Bruce Ackley, photo Peter Ganushkin

San Francisco Public Library - Richmond Branch

Richmond Meeting Room
351 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

More details here
Ackley will present a brief and informal survey of the history of the barely tamable, and little celebrated, soprano saxophone. Through conversation and live music examples, he will explore the use of the straight horn in traditional and contemporary jazz, and the alternate universe of improvised music. Ackley has dedicated nearly 50 years to study of woodwinds and improvisation, concentrating almost exclusively on the soprano sax, and will present original works, improvisations, and pieces by soprano masters John Coltrane, Steve Lacy, Sidney Bechet and Johnny Hodges.

April 11 – 17

Cleaver, Cline & Ochs in Southeast USA

Gerald Cleaver - Larry Ochs – Nels Cline                                                
  • April 11 – Orlando: Iron Cow (produced by The  Civic Minded Five) details
  • April 12 – Gainesville: Heartwood Soundstage details
  • April 13 – Tallahassee: Fifth and Thomas details
  • April 14 – Atlanta: The Bakery Atlanta details
  • April 15 – Chattanooga: Barking Legs Theater details
  • April 16 – Athens, GA: Hendershots details
  • April 17 - Nashville:  Little Harpeth Brewing Company details
  • Check out a preview here.
Monday, April 22nd, 7:30 PM

Jon Bafus & Jon Raskin Duo

Jon Raskin

Luna Cafe 

1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Jon Bafus is a drummer, percussionist, bandleader, painter and general creator of things with interests in both structure and chaos (and the spectrum in between). He has been involved with many musical projects over the years, leaning in one or both of those directions.  His main focus lies within his band Gentleman Surfer, which was founded as a solo project in 2006, and has since grown into a fully functioning trio. Other current projects include percussion duo Invasive Species (with Kevin Corcoran), Pac and Seep (duo with saxophonist Randy McKean), as well as various collaborations with Sacramento Guitarist Ross Hammond. Bafus has also taken part in Improvisational collaborations with Carson McWhirter, Nick Reinhart, Phillip Greenlief, Vinny Golia, Steuart Liebig, Jon Raskin, John Shiurba, Eli Wallace, Joshua Marshall, Tony Passarel, Jed Brewer and others.” www.jonbafus.com
For a taste of what’s going to happen check out this improvisation based on “The Sounds a Sax Can Make” by Steve Lacy here.

Friday, April 26th, 8pm

Ross Hammond, Jon Raskin, Charles Smith Trio

Ross Hammond and friend

Gold Lion Arts

2733 Riverside Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95818
This is a one-time project with guitarist Ross Hammond and poet Charles Smith.

Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with: Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Tetuzi Akita, Nicole Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Suzuki Junzo, Amy Reed, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Max Johnson, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, Catherine Sikora, Scott Amendola, Steuart Liebig, Sameer Gupta, Tony Passarell and more. Hear more here.

Charles Smith is a Sacramento poet and archivist who has extensively video taped the creative music scene in the Bay Area and Sacramento. You can check his archive of the shows at the Gold Lion here.

Friday, May 24th, 7:00 PM

CORUSCANT: Ackley/Josephson/Greenlief 

Bruce Ackley & Phillip Greenlief, reeds; Aurora Josephson, voice
Also performing: Kanoko Nishi-Smith & Wobbly; and John Bischoff
Singer Aurora Josephson

Adobe Books

3130 24th Street
(two blocks east of 24th Street Bart)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Details here.
Saturday, May 25, 8:00 PM

Larry Ochs - Don Robinson Duo 

Opening for the Bay Area premiere performance of
Garth Powell - Steuart Leibig - Michael Vlatkovich Trio (from Los Angeles)

Center for New Music

55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Monday, May 27th, 7:30 PM

Heath Proskin, Jon Raskin, Jenn Schaaf Trio

Luna Cafe 

1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Heath Proskin, bass, and Jenn Schaaf, drums are long time collaborators so it’s a real pleasure for Jon to jointhem on saxophone. They are members of the Thin Air Ensemble and have been a part of some of the best music shows I have heard in Sacramento.

New Adams and Ochs Recordings

STEVE ADAMS - Hex Stillness Escape
Available FREE here!
hex stillness escape is my fourth collection of pieces that were started while participating in songadayforamonth.com, during January, 2019. It’s dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg, whose work I’ve seen a lot of during the last year, between the SFMOMA retrospective and his mammoth work The Quarter Mile at LACMA. I was constantly reminding myself while making these to simplify, leave things out, only use what really needed to be there, and to leave some rough edges. It can be very tempting when making music on the computer to pile more on and have everything line up perfectly, but, for me, that doesn’t lead to the most interesting results. 
Larry Ochs - tenor and sopranino saxophones
Nels Cline - electric guitar, effects
Gerald Cleaver - drums

Recorded live in December 2016 in Richmond, Virginia, CD available here
1. Outcries Rousing
2. A Pause, A Rose
3. Shimmer   Intend   Spark   Groove   Defend
First Review: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019
Gerald Cleaver / Nels Cline / Larry Ochs - What Is To Be Done (Clean Feed, 2019)
Posted by Tim Niland here

What Is To Be Done - https://larryochs.bandcamp.com/
Also note: Just released in November - Gerald Cleaver and Larry Ochs on Rogue Art: Songs of the Wild Cave, recorded live in October 2016 in a cave in the Dordogne area of France containing some 150 Pleistocene - era cave paintings.

Just released on March 20:
THE FICTIVE FIVE – Anything is Possible  
CD now Available here

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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.

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