Vessels for Improvisation - 2014

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

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

At Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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 was 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.