ROVA NEWS – NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
In this Newsletter:»Upcoming Shows
»Rova – 3 European Dates in December
»Improv:21 Series Continues in January, 2009
»RadiOM – Improv:21 series archived
»Favorite Street: Adams Gets Hungry
We’re now moving to a bi-monthly newsletter schedule, so this missive will include November and December activities of Rova and its community. Amidst economic forebodings and electoral hope Rova and members are maintaining an artistic presence locally and internationally. We hope you can join us. Check out what’s cooking at Steve’s house as he zones in on cookbooks in his Favorite Street.
Thursday, November 20th, 8:00 PM
The ROVA/Nels Cline Celestial Septet
Freight & Salvage
1111 Addison Street (near San Pablo)
Rova and the Nels Cline Singers join forces for a reprise of their exciting collaboration organized for Rovaté 2008 last May, presenting two explosive sets of music. The Celestial Septet book includes original music by members of the band, featuring a special piece dedicated to Albert Ayler by Larry Ochs. If you missed this group in May, make it to the Freight. The Celestial Septet is monstrous.
The Nels Cline Singers are:
Seattle Art Museum
Produced by EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday, November 2, 8 PM
The Western Front
Produced by COASTAL JAZZ
Thursday, November 6, 8 PM
The Jon Raskin Quintet
Jason Levis and Lisa Mezzacappa Duo
416 25th Street at Broadway
(Near 19th Street BART)
Jon Raskin, Liz Allbee, George Cremaschi, Gino Robair, John Shiurba
George Cremaschi is in the Bay Area briefly from Europe and will join the current Raskin Quartet for an evening of music based on art scores and far ranging improvisations. Besides the compelling acoustic instruments, the electronic setups that Shiurba, Allbee, Robair and Cremaschi use are through the roof crazy.
The opening set will feature Jason Levis, drums in duo with Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass. Jason has moved to Europe and is back for a short visit, so if you blink you will miss it.
Friday, November 7, 8 PM
TRIO: Raskin / Graewe / Robinson
QUARTET: Johnston / Melford / Mezzacappa / Anderson
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
Between 20th and 21st Streets
This evening offers an imaginative pairing of two original piano voices performing in an ideal setting. German pianist, Georg Graewe, in a rare appearance in the Bay Area, will be joined by Rova’s Jon Raskin and drummer Donald Robinson, a stalwart of the of San Francisco Bay Area improv scene. And, you can hear Myra Melford explore the boundaries of improvisations and composition with trumpeter Darren Johnston, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and drummer Vijay Anderson. This special opportunity probably won’t happen again.
Thursday, November 13, 20:30
Thursday, November 14, 20:30
Sunday, Nov. 16, 8 PM
»European Dates«December 12 - 14
The Quartet heads to Europe for a quick hit – just 3 dates, but some great spots for music making.
»Improv:21 Series Resumes in January«
John Lindberg: Bass Walk
Rova:Arts is pleased to announce the continuation of Improv:21, a series of “informances” on 21st 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.
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.
Forthcoming Improv:21 artists will include:
»RadiOM – Improv:21 Archives«
Want to sample some of the earlier Improv:21 informances?
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»Favorite Street – Steve Adams«
Steve Adams’ Favorite Street – CookbooksI’ve been threatening to do this for a while but the current situation – no exciting new CDs, Thanksgiving approaching – seems like the right time to list my favorite cookbooks. My life does revolve around what’s for dinner and my wife is a cookbook collector, so I spend more time than I probably should considering them. Here are some that I go back to the most:
Vegetables by James Peterson
Fish by Mark Bittman
The All New Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker
Culinary Artistry by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
The Italian Contingent
Modern Italian Cooking by Biba Caggiano
Molto Italiano by Mario Batali
In Nonna’s Kitchen by Carol Fields
The Antipasto Table by Michele Scicolone
More Great Italian Pasta by Diane Seed
The Basque Kitchen by Gerald Hirigoyen
Lulu’s Provencal Table by Richard Olney
Quick & Easy Vietnamese by Nancie McDermott
One for the Season
Thanksgiving Dinner by Anthony Dias Blue and Kathryn K. Blue
I could keep going, but I really need a snack![TOP]
»Contribute to Rova:Arts«
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 often are reproduced in other parts of the world, thereby bringing the work to a broader audience. Also, many Rova:Arts events have been recorded and enthusiastically celebrated.
Rova:Arts has produced 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.
Click here to find out more and to Join Rova:Arts. Thanks for being part of the art.
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