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Highlights of Rova founding member Jon Raskin's early career include his '70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work “Occupancy”, composing music for Mr


2 + 2 with Shoko Hikage and Kanoko Nishi

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: Night Town; 2 + 2; Terrestrial part one: Cardboard, part two: Bottles; Succulents; The Bucket; Matchstick Army.


Article: Album Review

Bafus - Raskin - Shiurba: Fair Shanks Suburbia

Read "Fair Shanks Suburbia" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Fair Shanks Suburbia emerges as a noteworthy exploration into the avant-garde, where Jon Bafus (Unsilent Majority), Jon Raskin (ROVA), and John Shiurba (Anthony Braxton) orchestrate a sonic journey that transcends conventional musical boundaries. It is a cohesive narrative that delves into the complexities of suburban life through an experimental lens. From the outset, the ...


2 + 2 with Jen Baker & Liz Allbee

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Tableaux; Geomorphs; Light Bending; Night Town; 2 + 2.


Fair Shanks Suburbia

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Rubber Band Rattle Can; Square Wheel; Rubicon Jog; Plinko Test; Lithe Wires; Square Wheel 2; Frantic Cleaning; Slug Lessons; Swarm; Tippy; Crackle Send-off; Cold Scutter.


Article: Album Review

Jon Raskin / Phillip Greenlief: 2 + 2 with Jen Baker & Liz Allbee

Read "2 + 2 with Jen Baker & Liz Allbee" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Innovative saxophonists Jon Raskin and Phillip Greenlief use graphic scores for a series of recordings, each with a similar pair of instruments. These collaborations are called 2 + 2. The first of these is the provocative 2 + 2 with Jen Baker & Liz Allbee. As the title indicates Raskin and Greenlief join two brass players, ...


Article: Live Review

Rova Saxophone Quartet at Bop Stop

Read "Rova Saxophone Quartet at Bop Stop" reviewed by John Chacona

Rova Saxophone Quartet Bop Stop at the Music Settlement Cleveland, OHOctober 4, 2022 One of the inescapable trends in music over the last decade has been the convergence of two traditions in improvised music, one that was created in the African diaspora and another that evolved in European art music. Classifications ...


Live at NIR Studios

Label: Temescal Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: a great harness for a horse; a door with a skeleton as its knocker; a dressing gown inside a locker; a city full of talking faces; the words creating noisy books.


Book 'P' of Practitioners

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Peacock—To Bud Freeman; Pelican—To Buck Clayton; Penguin—To Vladimir Horowitz; Platypus—To Elvin Jones; Porcupine—To Serge Diaghilev; Pterodactyl—To Cat Anderson.


Goodheart Raskin Tarasov Trio

Label: Temescal
Released: 2021
Track listing: Under the Ice; Sound Shock; Starlight on Snow; Light on Limestone at Dusk; Midnight Sun; Acoustic Discourse.


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