Rova Saxophone Quartet | SFJAZZ 2021-22 Season
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Exploratory Ensemble

Rova Saxophone Quartet

NOV 11-14 | Saxophonists & Composers

Nov 12, 2021
Joe Henderson Lab
FriNov 12
7:00 PM

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FriNov 12
8:30 PM

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A treasured Bay Area ensemble whose connection to SFJAZZ goes back to the second Jazz in the City festival in 1984, the Rova Saxophone Quartet has consistently explored the fertile territory at the edges of composition and improvisation. Since their formation in 1978, the group has been both a generator of stimulating new compositions from members Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, and Jon Raskin and a workshop for collaboration with many the visionary composers of the 20th and 21st century including Anthony Braxton, Alvin Curran, John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Terry Riley, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Frith, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, and Carla Kihlstedt, among others.

Rova returns for the first time since their January 2017 performance of their groundbreaking extended ensemble work Electric Ascension, conceived by tenor saxophonist Ochs as a radical interpretation and expansion of John Coltrane’s 1965 watershed composition Ascensionwith guests Trey Spruance, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, and Gino Robair.

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The treasured Bay Area ensemble returns for the first time since their January 2017 performance of their groundbreaking extended ensemble work Electric Ascension.

A group known for its unique ability to synthesize modern composition with collective improvisation, not to mention its appetite for advanced techniques and raw adventure

DownBeat

A group known for its unique ability to synthesize modern composition with collective improvisation, not to mention its appetite for advanced techniques and raw adventure

DownBeat

Personnel

Bruce Ackley soprano saxophone
Steve Adams alto saxophone
Larry Ochs tenor saxophone
Jon Raskin baritone saxophone 

The only constant in their music is the avoidance of cliché

All Music Guide

Personnel

Bruce Ackley soprano saxophone
Steve Adams alto saxophone
Larry Ochs tenor saxophone
Jon Raskin baritone saxophone 

The only constant in their music is the avoidance of cliché

All Music Guide

Watch & Listen

Rova Saxophone Quartet

The Time Being

Rova Saxophone Quartet

Oxygen

Rova Saxophone Quartet

The Time Being

Rova Saxophone Quartet

Oxygen

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