Rova's first trip to Poland
Local Rova shows are invaluable for developing both our material and an audience for the work. Touring over the past 30 years has given us an opportunity to play pieces enough to refine them and explore their potential. Looking toward going out on the road (short as the upcoming October trip is) is exciting for us as players, composers and as part of the international community of improvisers. The quartet members always make it our business to interact with, listen to, and sometimes even play with musicians we encounter while we're away from home.
Vilnius Jazz Festival
Rova Special Sextet
with drummers Vladimir Tarasov and Fritz Hauser
Improv:21 ? Henry Kaiser: Improvisation at the End of the World
Wednesday, October 24 @ The Marsh @ 7:30 PM
Rova:Arts is pleased to present the third season of Improv:21, a series of "informances" on twenty-first century music that explore 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.
Henry Kaiser (recently pictured in Antarctica) resumes the Improv:21 series October 24.
Henry Kaiser: Improvisation at the end of the world
Kaiser discusses his eclectic musical life with Derk Richardson and audience members. Most specifically the evening will focus on Kaiser's current collaboration with Werner Herzog, filming a documentary in Antarctica. Henry's filmic collaborations with Werner Herzog have included the soundtrack for Grizzly Man, cinematography on The Wild Blue Yonder, and he is currently the producer of Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World, which will see theatrical release at the end of 2007. The film was shot entirely in Antarctica; Kaiser also created the score for the film along with his friend David Lindley. Henry will discuss and give a live demonstration of improvised film scoring, assisted by Danielle DeGruttola - cello. Widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, composers, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz and contemporary experimental music, California-based musician Henry Kaiser is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 225 different albums. Evidence of his exceptional musical breadth and versatility can be found in a few of the extraordinary artists with whom he has recorded and/or performed: Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Richard Thompson, Bill Laswell, Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Barbara Higbie, John Abercrombie, Anthony Braxton, Michael Stipe, Terry Riley, Jim O'Rourke, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sergei Kuriokhin, Diamanda Galas, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, David Torn, Bill Frisell, Eugene Chadbourne, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Jerry Garcia, Miya Masaoka, and Cecil Taylor.
Reasonably priced and easily accessible, these 90 minute to 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 experience. All these informances are also being documented on video for future availability to students and fans alike.
The Marsh, in association with Other Minds begins its co-sponsorship of the 2007-2008 season of Improv:21. The Marsh is located @ 1062 Valencia St. between 21st and 22nd Streets. Admission is $10. For more info visit rova.org/improv:21/.
October 24 - Henry Kaiser
November 28 - Zeena Parkins
* Feb 21 - Roscoe Mitchell
* April 9 - Mark Dresser
* May 21 - Scott Amendola
* dates subject to change
Upcoming concerts and events
Antonio Jorge Gonçalves and Gino Robair:
Improvised Light Painting with Skronky Music
AT THE BERKELEY HILLSIDE CLUB
The Berkeley Hillside Club is enraptured to present Antonio Jorge Gonçalves and Gino Robair performing "Improvised Light Painting with Skronky Music". This promises to be be a one-of-a-kind event; don't miss it!
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 pm:
Reading in the Gallery
Recent paintings by Amy Trachtenberg
@ BRIAN GROSS FINE ART
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, October 20th at 8:15
Noe Valley Music Series: special double bill
1. Tips: Songs by Steve Lacy
14 Aphorisms by Georges Braque
Arranged and performed by:
Phillip Greenlief?alto saxophone
Bruce Ackley?soprano saxophone
Larry Ochs?saxophones and compositions
Scott Amendola?percussion and electronics
*Kihnoua ("keen- wah") a Greek word meaning, among many other things:
"movers," "makers of change."
@ Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez Street
Thursday, October 25th at 8:00 pm
Weasel Walter Large Ensemble
416 25th St.
featuring Damon Smith, Aram Shelton, Jon Raskin, Tim Perkis, David Slusser, Liz Albee, Weasel Walter and others.
New CD: Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core: Up From Under
cover painting by Emilie Clark
Larry Ochs?tenor and sopranino saxophones, compositions
Available online and on the street on October 10
Still available from downtownmusicgallery.com:
Frith, Ochs, Johnston, Hoff, Smith: Reasons for Moving
Bill Horvitz Band Northwest Tour 2007
Bill Horvitz ? guitar
Steve Adams ? sax and flute
Harris Eisenstadt - drums (except as noted)
Favorite Street ? Steve Adams
Here are some of my favorite web sites that deal with music in one way or another:
RadioOM ? Improv:21 series archived online
Want to sample some of the earlier Imprv21 informances? We will be uploading one show evey two months to RadiOM (the web site of Other Minds) until the entire series is online. And there is a lot of information in each show.
Here's what's available at the moment: