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Larry Ochs


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Larry Ochs has been performing with Rova Saxophone Quartet since February, 1978, and with them has traveled throughout USA, Canada and Europe as well making two tours in Japan. 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.

Outside of the many collaborations between Rova and other artists, Ochs has also performed or recorded on his own with Fred Frith, John Lindberg, Joan Jeanrenaud, Andrew Cyrille, Glenn Spearman, John Zorn, Marilyn Crispell, Satoko Fujii, George Lewis, Henry Kaiser, Gerry Hemingway, Scott Amendola, Miya Masaoka, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Zeena Parkins and many others. In addition to Rova, he is "regularly" touring with the following groups: Jones Jones: an improvising trio [with Mark Dresser(bass) and Vladimir Tarasov (drums)] w/ a recent CD release on SoLyd Recordings // What We Live (with Lisle Ellis and Don Robinson): last tour in October 2006; most recent CD in 2007 // Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core: last tour in October 2008; newest CD in 2009 on Rogue Art // Trio Ochs/Masaoka/Lee (acoustic koto, cello, saxophones): last tour in 2006; new CD in October, 2008 // Maybe Monday, a trio with Fred Frith and Miya Masaoka; new CD in 2008 on Intakt // Kihnoua - a new band (2007) with Dohee Lee (vocals) and Scott Amendola (drums and electronics); first European tour: Nov. 08, adding Okkyung Lee on cello; CD release in 2010.

Ochs also has organized larger projects, the most active at the moment being Electric Ascension, a large ensemble featuring Rova, Nels Cline, Fred Frith, Otomo Yoshihide and many others performing the great composition of John Coltrane: Ascension. (CD on Atavistic). In 2005, he was guest curator at Music Unlimited 2005, an experimental music festival in Wels, Austria.

Ochs has received composition commissions from Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America and festivals. All of Ochs' compositions employ specific strategies for improvisation in addition to - or sometimes in place of - standard musical notation.

"It is always the primary goal in any piece to be musically coherent; to tell a story and/or create a mood, feeling, or environment. The [improvisational] devices used in any given piece are employed with the sole intent of realizing the intentions of that composition. And the decision to use (structured) improvisation as a means of furthering those intentions is made in order to create the possibility of realizing even more - more than the composer imagined possible when composing the piece."

Firehouse 12 Performances

Spectral (Rempis, Johnston, Ochs) Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:00p
Larry Ochs and Don Robinson Duo Friday, September 27, 2013, 10:00p
Larry Ochs's Kihnoua Friday, March 23, 2012, 10:00p
ODE Friday, November 6, 2009, 10:00p

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