Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 – 8 pm
Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.

Larry Ochs has been performing with Rova Saxophone Quartet since 1978, and with them has traveled throughout the world. He also has served as the acting executive director of the non-profit umbrella “Rova:Arts” since its inception in 1986, and in that capacity has produced many large collaborations in San Francisco. All of Ochs’ compositions employ specific strategies for improvisation in addition to – or sometimes in place of – standard musical notation. He has received composition commissions from Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and various festivals.

Founded in 2000, the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core features Ochs on saxophone, drummers Donald Robinson and Scott Amendola, Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), and Satoko Fujii (synthesizer/piano).

Don’t miss this special evening in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall!

Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core pieces utilize four special compositional forms developed by Ochs, but ebb and flow through air with juxtaposed collective improvisation.

For me, form precedes function. If I can’t see the big picture, that universe of sound within which a given piece will come to life, it is hard to organize the internal details. –Larry Ochs