Reviews that mention Terry Riley
January 6, 2016
Rova: Still Creative After All These Years
By Ken Waxman
Someone once described Rova as the Grateful Dead of Jazz. A comparison to the Rolling Stones would be more accurate. For more than 38 years, with only one change in personnel 27 years ago, the Bay area-based saxophone quartet has created high quality music. However unlike the venerable British rockers whose music hasn’t been cutting edge for decades, Rova continues to evolve and experiment.
Case in point: this month’s series of NYC concerts. From the 19th to the 24th, the band’s residency at The Stone offers a retrospective of classic Rova material as well as new works. Some sets will feature Rova and guest musicians, some of whom have never played with the band before. Before that, on January 17th at Le Poisson Rouge, an expanded Rove ensemble will perform Electric Ascension, a 21st Century re-imagining of John Coltrane’s classic work. Concurrently, RogueArt will release Channeling Coltrane, containing a live performance of Electric Ascension from the 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival on DVD and Blue-ray; a CD of the music itself; plus Cleaning the Mirror, a documentary that mixes the story of Rova’s Ascension adaptation with a history of the creation of Coltrane’s seminal session. MORE
March 23, 2009
1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde
Edited by David W. Bernstein, University of California Press
Morton Subotnick’s move to New York City in 1966 coupled with Ramon Sender relocating to the Morning Star Commune in rural California marked more than a geographical shift of two of the Bay area’s most visionary electro-acoustic composers. It also reflected the end of the fabled San Francisco Tape Music Center (SFTMC) as a stand-alone entity, and its relocation to nearby Mills College.
For the previous five years, operating from funky locations with mostly invented or cadged electronic equipment, the SFTMC was an autonomous, unaffiliated centre for tape improvisation and interdisciplinary experiments. As David Bernstein demonstrates in the series of articles and interviews that make up this book, the SFTMC’s dedication to “unlimited creative possibilities with limited resources,” had a long-lasting impact far beyond its physical existence. MORE