FRESH SOUND MUSIC SERIES
LARRY OCHS – DON ROBINSON DUO
Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound Music Series @Space 4 Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.freshsoundmusic.com
Performing together in various ensembles since 1991, Ochs and Robinson played for the first time as a duo in 2011 in their hometown San Francisco Bay Area. As a result, the duo recorded a new CD’s worth of music over the next 5 months; soon to be released. That material comprises most of the music they will perform on tour in 2013. Ochs and Robinson performed together from 1991 to 1998 in The Glenn Spearman Double Trio. From 1994 to 2002, they worked with bassist Lisle Ellis in the trio What We Live, a band that recorded many CDs with incredible guests for special concerts/recordings including Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, Nels Cline, John Zorn, Miya Masaoka, Saadet Turkoz and Chris Brown. From 2000 until 2010 Robinson was part of the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core featuring drummer Scott Amendola, as well as Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura from 2007 – 2010. Throughout all this time, Ochs and Robinson jammed and rehearsed in Robinson’s studio. Thus it seems inevitable that they would eventually create a special repertoire for this duo.
left to right: Don Robinson and Larry Ochs
Larry Ochs, saxophones
In his thirty-plus years in Rova Saxophone Quartet, Larry Ochs has created roughly two dozen compositions for saxophone quartet as well as other pieces for Rova in extended ensembles, many of which are recorded, and some of which were commissioned by Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation and Meet the Composer. He has been acting executive director of Rova:Arts since 1987. In addition Ochs currently composes for and leads Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core (with Scott Amendola, Don Robinson, Satoko Fujii, and Natsuki Tamura and Kihnoua (with vocalist Dohee Lee, Scott Amendola and special guests. He is performing in collective bands: East-West Ensemble (with Didier Petit, Sylvain Kassap, Miya Masaoka, Xu Fengxia), Jones Jones (with Mark Dresser and Vladimir Tarasov), Maybe Monday (with Masaoka and Fred Frith), Shelton-Ochs Quartet (with Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson and Scott Walton). Details on tours and recordings, and several interviews at www.ochs.cc.
Don Robinson, drums
Described as a “percussive dervish” (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco Bay Area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area’s improvisors, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, Raphe Malik and Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: ‘the best bass-drums tag team on the scene’ (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970′s, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman.