Vessels for Improvisation

Saturday, October 4th: Vessels for Improvisation

Featuring ROVA Saxophone Quartet and inkBoat
Live music and dance improvisation aboard the historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier

We Players and the National Park Service present

Vessels for Improvisation

Saturday, October 4th
6:00pm – 8:00pm (Gates open at 5:30pm Hyde Street Pier Entrance)
6pm performance to be followed by light reception and Q&A!


“Besides numerous site specific performance works, inkBoat hosts annual workshops entitled “Dance on Land” that brings the relationship of performer and land into the mindset of a growing number of practitioners.  The site-specific work of We Players naturally connects to the inkBoat mission and line of investigation. ROVA and inkBoat have collaborated on set works such as “Glass Head” as well as playing in the liminal space of improvisation.  Not knowing the next move allows each of us the opportunity to absorb and respond to the moments as they happen, not according to the ideas in our heads, but to the situation that reveals itself.” – Shinichi

The ROVA Saxophone Quartet has been exploring the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation for over 35 years, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires. The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls ROVA’s music “a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds” created by “deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing [and] prodding at the boundaries of sound and space…”

For Vessels for Improvisation, ROVA will be joined by Dohee Lee, Dana and Shinichi Iova-Koga of inkBoat.  “…moods and tempos freely incorporate elements of modern, jazz, and popular dance, all with captivating grace and precision.”
-SF Bay Guardian

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