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Rova:Arts presents Rovaté 2013: Grand Electric Skull

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Date(s) - 06/06/2013 - 06/07/2013
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Contemporary Jewish Museum


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June; Thursday 6 and Friday 7 at 8pm

A new collaboration between the Rova Saxophone Quartet, visual artist Ikue Mori, and multi-instrumentalist Gino Robair.

Since performing its first concert 35 years ago at Mills College in 1978, the Rova Saxophone Quartet has opened new musical frontiers through their vital blend of written compositions and improvisation, with influences ranging from jazz and 20th-century new music to the traditional music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. To celebrate more than three decades of genre-bending music making, Rova is presenting yet another ambitious collaboration as part of its Rovaté series.

Rova’s saxophonists – Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin – are teaming up with world-renowned visual artist Ikue Mori and composer and multi-instrumentalist Gino Robair to create The Grand Electric Skull. The calaveras imagery of José Guadalupe Posada, an influential Mexican illustrator and cartoonist known for his satirical and political work inspired this new work. Posada’s calaveras pieces were created to satirize the life of the upper classes in late 19th century Mexico, and their bold, colorful and poignant messages resonate with street art and actions of today’s Occupy movement. Deftly handled by Mori, both Posada’s images as well as photographs taken recently by the artists in the Bay Area will become the visual component for The Grand Electric Skull. Rova will provide a composed-improvised musical score, collaboratively created with Gino Robair. And Robair and Mori will mix and manipulate audio and visual information in real time, lending improvisatory elements of surprise and correspondence to the concert experience.


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