Jon Rose, Hollis Taylor, Jim Denley
Tuesday 30 March 2010
The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort St, Perth
Jon Rose solo tenor violin and interactive K-Bow.
The ever inventive and rigorously playful composer, improvisor, virtuoso, curator, writer, sound artist, myth breaker Jon Rose continues to challenge the status quo of music and cultural practice around the globe.
For Club Zho Jon will present Palimpolin, from the Hyperstring project 4.
Since 1987 Jon Rose has pioneered the exploration of interactive electronics through a series of violin bow powered MIDI compositions.
In 1998, he became the first violinist to manipulate iconic violin images and live video at the end of his bow.
Now utilising the latest in violin bow technology, surround sound, and media, he puts his virtuosic violin technique to the test in a new series of challenging interactive environments.
Information on how the new bow is programmed can be found at
“Jon Rose put c&w, power tools and socio-political parody into a blender and out poured many inspired moments, hearing history being made on the spot – like nothing else on the face of the earth”
Hollis Taylor violin
Dr. Hollis Taylor is a violinist, composer, and ornithologist specialising in the Australian pied butcherbird, with an abiding interest in lyrebirds and bowerbirds as well.
Hollis will perform “Super Tweeter”, featuring her compositions based on the vocalisations of the pied butcherbird for violin and field recordings. Rather than attempting to “improve” on the bird, these works celebrate the pied butcherbirds’ sense of musicality and underline the many commonalities between them and humans.
“rich boundary area of cultural difference, history, and environmentalism.”
Jim Denley saxophone
Jim Denley is one of Australia’s foremost improvisers with a career spanning over three decades. An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer. He was recently awarded a Fellowship by the Australia Council for 2006 + 07 and is currently working towards a paradigm shift in the notion and perception of the saxophone; to establish it’s relevance to ancient and current traditions in Australian music, and to extend it’s range with the addition of innovative electronics and miking.
“I first started playing wind instruments seriously at the age of 10. Initially it was Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Roland Kirk that inspired me, but soon enough it was also the sound itself that led. 43 years later I still feel positive and unconstrained by the search.
The flute music from the Solomons, New Guinea and the Amazon is particularly inspiring these days. In much of the music from these regions the flute signals a wormhole to that which is beyond the everyday.
But truthfully these (for me) mediated influences are smaller than the influence of the playing itself. To be playful with sound, acoustics and duration is such a powerful force in my life. Sound, the potentials of instrumentalism, and a commitment to time/site specific work (improvisation) take me to those moments where, as Chris Mann says, “‘the part that is the whole, has no analysis.”
I’m very excited to be doing this concert at Club Zho. I haven’t done much solo work for some time and it feels like a very good time to do it.”