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Vessels for Improvisation

October 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


We Players and the National Park Service present

Vessels for Improvisation

Featuring ROVA Saxophone Quartet ROVA saxophone quartet plus special guest John Bischoff on electronics
inkBoat (Shinichi Iova-Koga, Dana Iova-Koga, Dohee Lee)

Live music and dance improvisation aboard the historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier

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!

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 dancers of inkBoat and John Bischoff on electronics. Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, inkBoat is a physical theatre & dance company built by and with the collaborative efforts of choreographers, musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists and directors. Presenting in environments ranging from proscenium theater to site specific, inkBoat’s performances mix experimentalism and humor with a hint of the grotesque.  John Bischoff has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music.

As part of We Players’ five year cooperative agreement with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, we are collaborating with a wide range of artists, creating work from diverse vantage points in a variety of media as an exercise in exploring the many layers of story within the site. We aim to provide multiple points of access and connection to both the park and our practice.


October 4, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Hyde Street Pier
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