April 7, 2013

at Timken Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA
event begins at 5pm
performance starts at 5:30pm


Carla Harryman is the author of seventeen books, among them the prose diptych W—/M—forthcoming from Split Level Press in 2013; Adorno’s Noise, a collection of conceptual and experimental essays (Essay Press, 2008); Baby (2005); Gardener of Stars: A Novel (Atelos, 2001); The Wide Road (Belladonna, 2011, with Lyn Hejinian); and a sequence of essays in The Grand Piano, a multi-authored ten volume work about art and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1975-1980, (Mode D, 2011). Her Poets Theater, interdisciplinary, and bi-lingual performances have been presented nationally and internationally. Recent work in performance includes the “re-performance” of Theodore Adorno’s 1959 lecture “Music and New Music” at dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (with music composition by Jon Raskin) and the publication of Open Box, a music and poetry collaboration with Jon Raskin (Tzadik, 2012). She is co-editor of Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker (2006), and the editor of Non/Narrative a special issue of the Journal of Narrative Theory (2011). She serves on the faculty of and directs the creative writing program at Eastern Michigan University.


Highlights of Rova founding member Jon Raskin’s early career include his ’70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work “Occupancy”, composing music for Mr. Bungle/ Rova, organizing the 30 year Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane’s Ascension, performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles!, the Glass Head Project with Inkboat and the ongoing Electric Ascension Project. Raskin has received numerous grants and commissions to work on a variety of creative projects: NEA composer grant for Poison Hotel, a theater production by Soon 3 (1988); Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer (1992 & 2000); Berkeley Symphony commission (1995) and Headland Center for the Arts Residency 2009. Learn more at www.jonraskin.com

Purchase Carla Harryman and Jon Raskin’s collaborative CD, Open Box, here.


Roham Sheikhani, is a poet, actor, and a playwright. Since 1986 he has worked with diverse groups from DARVAG , to Night Letter Theater, to Shotgun Players,….As an experimantal performer, since 1986 he has been extremely fortunate in collaborating with exceptional artists like Carla Herryman, Jon Raskin, James Cave, Woody Woodman, Amy Trachtenberg, Erling Wold, Lauren Elder, Sydny and Arthur Carson……

Crystal Pascucci, cellist/composer/improviser, is an active performer in the Bay Area. Before relocating from the east coast, she worked passionately in new music ensembles and studied under improvising masters, Robert Black of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Anthony Braxton. Her current personal projects, Opera Wolf and Wild Hen, are both small improvising ensembles. Opera Wolf is a free improv. trio of tenor sax, amplified cello and drum set, and performs text-based and graphic scores. Wild Hen is a quartet of clarinet, cello, vibes and drum set, which plays loosely composed material with free improvisation. Crystal’s approach to improvisation and composition are influenced greatly by her training in chamber music. Her music utilizes delicate communication amongst musicians in order to facilitate response and expression. She recently performed the works of Roscoe Mitchell at Yoshi’s Jazz Club, participated in the 2012 Outsound Summit Festival and has presented her solo set at several Bay Area music series. She performs regularly with Lisa Mezzacappa’s String Band, the Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and Oakland Active Orchestra, which performed at the 2013 SF Switchboard Festival. www.crystalpascucci.com

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