12/3 @ 8 pm: SF LIVE ARTS presents ROVA & Fred Frith Trio

“Fred Frith and Rova have collaborated on music shows and recordings since the late 1980s. The newest of Fred’s trios, with bassist Jason Hoopes and drummer Jordan Glenn, appear alone and together with Rova tonight to celebrate the trio’s 2016 trio release on Intakt. Thats right, in one show: a set by Frith, a set by Rova, a set of septet pieces featuring both units playing together. For tickets please click here.

rova-2About Rova Saxophone Quartet

 Rova Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.

Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music, and draws inspiration from the visual arts and from the traditional and popular music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

In noting Rova’s innovative role in developing the all-saxophone ensemble as “a regular and conceptually wide-ranging unit,” The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls its music “a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds” created by “deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing [and] prodding at the boundaries of sound and space…” Likewise Jazz: The Rough Guide notes, “Highly inventive, eclectic and willing to experiment, Rova [is] arguably the most exciting of the saxophone quartets to emerge in the format’s late ’70s boom.”

Inspired by a broad spectrum of musical influences – from Charles Ives, Edgard Varese, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis and Morton Feldman to The Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman – Rova began, in 1978, writing new material, touring, and recording, including early collaborations with such like-minded colleagues as guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith, and saxophonist John Zorn. Also in its early years, Rova shared the stage in collaborations with fellow San Francisco based trailblazers Kronos Quartet and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. A 1983 tour of the USSR and accompanying PBS documentary highlighted the first five years of Rova’s existence.

In 1985, the Rova Saxophone Quartet incorporated as the not-for-profit organization Rova:Arts. Founding member Andrew Voigt left Rova in August 1988 and was replaced by Steve Adams. Otherwise, the personnel – Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin and Bruce Ackley – has remained the same throughout these 30-plus years, giving the group a consistency and sensitivity that has enabled its ever-evolving and highly nuanced explorations into new musical territory.

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11/16 @ noon: Free Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors

Senior Lunch featuring special Thanksgiving menu & jazz trio offered by Episcopal Senior Communities and St. Cyprian’s Church. Space is limited so you must RSVP and reserve your place at this Special Holiday Event!

To RSVP and reserve your free meal please call Amy at 415-563-8043 or click here and reserve online. Reserve early: this will fill up soon.

New works by Resident Artist Kyle Brunel continue in Sanctuary Gallery thru December

A new exhibit of our Resident Artist Kyle Brune’s work will continue to hang in our Sanctuary Gallery as well as her studio in the choir loft through the end of this year. All of her paintings now hanging on our walls are new, giving us a chance to see how her artistic vision is changing year to year.

We are planning to bring back our Souls of San Francisco photography show in time for Kwanzaa and the start of a new year. We are looking forward to working with Kyle to bring other artists to join her in displaying their art here. Please let our Vicar know if you have an artist to suggest for our resident artists or gallery program.