Biography:Besides having a fascination with resonating objects, Gino Robair owns
Rastascan Records and is an associate editor for Electronic Musician
Gino frequently tours North America and Europe as a soloist and often improvises in ad-hoc groups. He has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, John Butcher, LaDonna Smith, Otomo Yoshihide, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, The Club Foot Orchestra, and he is a founding member of the Splatter Trio.
Gino has studied percussion with Ron George, AMM percussionist Eddie Prevost, William Kraft, and William Winant; studied composition with Barney Childs, Lou Harrison, David Rosenboom, and Larry Polansky; and has earned two masters degrees--Electronic Music and Composition--from Mills College, Oakland CA.
Click here for Jim Ryan's interview with Gino.
Tom's Place3111 Deakin Street
Tuesday, May 28 2013 7:30 AM
T.D. Skatchit & Company ~ EAR OF THE STORM CD Release Show
Part 1 - Performance - 4 sets
-T.D. Skatchit & Bruce Ackley (soprano saxophone, clarinet)
-T.D. Skatchit & Gino Robair (energized surfaces)
-T.D. Skatchit & Aurora (vox extraordinaire)
-Aurora, Gino Robair & Bruce Ackley
Part 2 - Deep Listening
A multi-channel sound system will be set up for the playback of the title piece recorded in surround sound.
EAR OF THE STORM - This turbulent piece is based on an extended skatchbox arrangement inspired by the wild rhythms of tornados, hurricanes and thunderstorms. The listener is in the ear of storm, where music is born out of the elemental noise only to be whisked away by the wind. Multiple musical scenarios, characters and abstractions present themselves within the different phases and sonic locations in the storm. Each of 17 musicians added their musical reflection and resolve to the path of this skatch tornado.
The Players ~ T.D. Skatchit are Tom Nunn & David Michalak - skatchboxes
Aurora Josephson- voice, Bob Marsh - voice, Kyle Bruckmann - English Horn, Bruce Ackley - soprano saxophone
Rent Romus - alto saxophone, accordion, Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Tom Djll - Trumpet
Polly Moller - bass flute, Thollem McDonas - piano, Scott Looney - piano, Gino Robair - energized surfaces
Jacob Felix Heule - Percussion, Doug Carroll - cello, Jonathan Segel - violin, Tony Dryer - contra bass,
Tim Perkis - electronics
Another track from the DVD, Battle in the Bird House (for surround sound), will open part 2.
Jewish Community Center SF Kanbar Hall3200 California St
@ Presidio Ave
Thursday, Jun 6 2013 8:00 PM
Rova’s ever-exploratory and inquisitive saxophonists are teaming up with world renowned visual artist, Ikue Mori, and composer and multi-instrumentalist Gino Robair to create an ambitious collaborative work, The Grand Electric Skull. Initially inspired by the topical urgency of Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada’s calaveras imagery, the six artists have sought to grasp the original intent of Posada’s work, and its application to contemporary issues. The calaveras pieces were created to satirize the life of the upper classes in late 19th century Mexico, and their bold, colorful and poignant messages resonate with street art and actions of today’s Occupy movement. Deftly handled by Ikue Mori, both Posada-related images, and photographs taken by the artists in the Bay Area, will become the visual component for our June 6 & 7 concerts. Rova will provide a composed-improvised musical score, collaboratively created with Gino Robair. Robair and Mori will mix and manipulate audio and visual information in real time, lending improvisatory elements of surprise and correspondence to the concert experience.
JCCSF's Kanbar Hall
3200 California St.
Standard: $20 | Members $17 | Students $12
Buy tickets here: https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/performances/music/grand-electric-skull/
Tom's Place3111 Deakin Street
Tuesday, Jun 11 2013 7:30 PM
Steve Adams (winds, electronics) and Scott Walton (contrabass)
Josh Allen (tenor sax) and Gino Robair (percussion)
CDs on which Gino Robair appears: