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Larry Ochs

Saxophonist, composer, Rova member, band leader
Larry Ochs works on and breathes music. He composes. He plays saxophone. He looks for adventurous ideas to take on and for other artists - musicians and friends in other art mediums - to take them on with him.

Ochs is primarily found in the worlds of “avant-garde” or “improvised music.” That means that he composes music for “structured improvisation” in general, and in particular for musicians steeped in the art of improvisation, an art form that has really only come into its own in the past 50 years in Western music, primarily thanks to the development of jazz as influenced by the blues and then Western art music, as well as to the increased exposure of Western musicians to the music of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. But any artists in the visual arts or other performance-based arts that have an interest in taking chances are welcomed in. Thus, for example, he has worked recently with Shinichi Iova Koga and his dance group inkBoat; he is at the beginning of a relationship with We Players, a very cool theater company in the Bay Area, and is into ongoing work with Korean performance artist and vocalist Dohee Lee.

Rova Saxophone Quartet: Since 1978, Ochs's professional activities have been primarily centered around the Rova Saxophone Quartet, (www.rova.org) which has made over thirty-five European tours plus numerous concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as recording over 30 CDs/LPs as a quartet and/or in collaboration with other artists. Ochs has created roughly two dozen compositions for saxophone quartet as well as other pieces for Rova when working within larger 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 1988. A recent concert video and accompanying documentary on the making of “Electric Ascension” recorded at 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival will be screened at film festivals in 2014-15.

In addition Ochs currently composes for and leads Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core with Scott Amendola, Don Robinson, Satoko Fujii, and Natsuki Tamura ("Stone Shift"- 2009 CD) and Kihnoua with vocalist Dohee Lee, Scott Amendola and special guests ("The Sybil’s Whisper"- 2012 CD). He is performing in and composing for more “collective” bands such as: East-West Collective - with Didier Petit, Sylvain Kassap, Miya Masaoka, Xu Fengxia ("Humeurs" - 2014 CD); Ochs-Robinson Duo with drummer Don Robinson; Jones Jones - with Mark Dresser and Vladimir Tarasov ("We All Feel the Same Way"- 2010 CD); Maybe Monday - with Miya Masaoka and Fred Frith (Unsquare -2008 CD); Shelton-Ochs Quartet with Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson and Mark Dresser; Trio Dave Rempis- Darren Johnston- Larry Ochs (“Spectral“- 2014 CD). Details on tours and recordings, and several interviews at www.ochs.cc.

One final major indulgence for those of you with some time for a good story. At the top of this "Bio" we mention the search for adventure through music. One thing that can lead to is unexpected encounters with various parts of the general public. Here's a reflection on one such encounter in Spain, its ramifications, and well, it's just a good story that few have seen, since it was published in 2012 in French only, in the French avant music and arts magazine Les Allumés du Jazz. If you'd like to see a copy contact Ochs via eMail
Contact information:
Email: lmo49 (AT) earthlink (DOT) net
Phone: 510-548-1817
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 17 2017 8:00 AM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
ROVA Meets Ghost In The House with Kinji Hayashi

ROVA will feature new works.
ROVA is Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley, Larry Ochs and Steve Adams

Ghost In The House - will feature music from their new CD Second Sight as well as early and new work.Ghost In The House is Kyle Bruckmann – double reeds, David Michalak – lap steel, Karen Stackpole – percussion, gongs, Tom Nunn – inventions, Polly Moller – bass flute, John Ingle – saxophones, Dean Santomieri - voice and guests Cindy Webster - saw and Kinji Hayashi – dance  More...
CDs on which Larry Ochs appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Rova Saxophone Quartet Long On Logic
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: Long On Logic
Label: Sound Aspects SAS CD 037
Label page on this site: Sound Aspects
Sound Aspects SAS CD 037
Rova Saxophone Quartet This Time We Are Both
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: This Time We Are Both
Label: New Albion Records NA 041 CD
Label page on this site: New Albion Records
New Albion Records NA 041 CD
Rova Saxophone Quartet Morphological Echo
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: Morphological Echo
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 027
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 027
Room Hall of Mirrors
Artist: Room
Title: Hall of Mirrors
Label: Music and Arts CD-4700(1)
Label page on this site: Music and Arts
Music and Arts CD-4700(1)
Glenn Spearman Double Trio Mystery Project
Artist: Glenn Spearman Double Trio
Title: Mystery Project
Label: Black Saint BS 120147
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint BS 120147
Glenn Spearman Double Trio The Fields
Artist: Glenn Spearman Double Trio
Title: The Fields
Label: Black Saint BS 120197
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint BS 120197
Glenn Spearman Double Trio Smokehouse
Artist: Glenn Spearman Double Trio
Title: Smokehouse
Label: Black Saint BS 120157
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint BS 120157
Larry Ochs The Secret Magritte
Artist: Larry Ochs
Title: The Secret Magritte
Label: Black Saint BS 120177
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint BS 120177
Rova Saxophone Quartet The Works, Volume 1
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: The Works, Volume 1
Label: Black Saint BS 120176
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint BS 120176
Rova Saxophone Quartet The Works, Volume 2
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: The Works, Volume 2
Label: Black Saint BS 120186
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint BS 120186
Ben Goldberg Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin
Artist: Ben Goldberg
Title: Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin
Label: Les Disques Victo
Label page on this site: Les Disques Victo
Les Disques Victo
Room Room
Artist: Room
Title: Room
Label: Sound Aspects SAS CD 028
Label page on this site: Sound Aspects
Sound Aspects SAS CD 028
Rova Saxophone Quartet Bingo
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: Bingo
Label: Victo CD056
Label page on this site: Victo
Victo CD056
Rova Saxophone Quartet The Works, Volume 3
Artist: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Title: The Works, Volume 3
Label: Black Saint 120196-2
Label page on this site: Black Saint
Black Saint 120196-2
John Lindberg Ensemble A tree Frog Tonality
Artist: John Lindberg Ensemble
Title: A tree Frog Tonality
Label: Between the Lines 001
Label page on this site: Between the Lines
Between the Lines 001
Maybe Monday Saturn’s Finger
Artist: Maybe Monday
Title: Saturn’s Finger
Label: Buzz Records ZZ 76007
Label page on this site: Buzz Records
Buzz Records ZZ 76007
What We Live Quintet for a Day
Artist: What We Live
Title: Quintet for a Day
Label: New World Records 001
Label page on this site: New World Records
New World Records 001
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