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Rova November Tour Announced

Rova's tour kicks off November 8th at Sound In Motion, in Antwerp, Belgium, with a unique concert of the Rova Special Sextet: Rova Plus Belgian percussionists Jakob Warmenbol and Eric Heestermans. Below is a full list of upcoming shows!

Nov 08 | Sound In Motion | Antwerp, Belgium
Project: Rova Special Sextet: Rova plus Belgian percussionists Jakob Warmenbol and Eric Heestermans

Nov 10 | Badischer Kunstverein | Presented by Jazzclub Karlsruhe, Germany
Project: Rova's Sound-in-Space

Nov 11 | Stockwerk Graz | Presented by Open Music, Graz, Austria
Project: Rova Saxophone Quartet

Nov 12 | Martinschlössl | Presented by JazzHeinz, Vienna, Austria
Project: Project: Rova Saxophone Quartet Workshop + Concert

Nov 13 | Alte Gerberei | Presented by Muku, Sankt Johann in Tirol, Austria
Project: Project: Rova Saxophone Quartet Workshop + Concert

Nov 14 | Jazzatelier Ulrichsberg | Ulrichsberg, Austria
Project: Rova Saxophone Quartet

Nov 16 | MUG | Presented by Offene Ohren, Munich, Germany
Project: Rova's Sound-in-Space

Nov 17 | Jazzkeller Hofheim | Presented by Jazz:yl, Hofheim, Germany
Project: Rova Saxophone Quartet

Nov 18 | Centro di Ricerca Musicale / Teatro San Leonardo | Bologna, Italy
Project: Rova's Sound-in-Space

Nov 20 | Museo Novecento | Florance, Italy
Project: Rova Saxophone Quartet

Think of the human voice in music. The most primal of instruments, it can melt you or move you to tears on the spot. Then it’s the saxophone, one-step removed from the human voice, and the next most powerful messenger in music. Multiply that power, that capability, times four, and you have a saxophone quartet. Rova Sax Quartet: a group that can move you the way an Eastern European choir of voices can move you, but also a group with force, a force that can simulate one of nature’s wild phenomena, or conversely, the almost-silent overlapping sound-patterns heard with eyes closed in a field in the wilderness.

Rova Sax Quartet's musical goal has always been, since 1978, to instigate, to challenge, and to inspire. The group explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music. Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop and free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music; Rova draws inspiration from the visual arts, contemporary dance, and contemporary poetry. We listen closely and deeply appreciate both the traditional and the pop music styles of Africa and Asia. And then there is the blues; always a key.
For additional reading, please visit the Rova Saxophone Quartet artist page, Rova::Arts, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin



“The polish of this celebrated self-contained unit is matched only by their daring.” — The New Yorker

“The Rova Saxophone Quartet first.. took its inspiration from the work of musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, and Roscoe Mitchell (and his Art Ensemble of Chicago), all of whom had worked with new compositional techniques and approaches to improvisation. From the outset, Rova flouted dogma, putting a premium on group interaction and eschewing the stultifying head-solo-head approach of most jazz. The group embraced the complexities of contemporary music - both composed and improvised - and found a way to seamlessly weave them together into a music that had the density and thorniness of Monk, the lushness of Ellington, and the angularity-and occasionally the austerity-of Webern. In Rova's hands, the twelve-bar blues came face to face with twelve-tone music.” — Paul Bennett, Hedges and Shambles

“… a utopian intermingling of ‘styles’ and philosophies that moves some distance beyond jazz. The playing is very clean-lined and exact, with a virtuosic interweaving of voices. ROVA go on from strength to strength.” Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings


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