|Steve Adams (photo by Matt Campbell)||Shinichi Iova-Koga|
The Center for New Music is partnering with The Contemporary Jewish Museum to present four site-specific performances as part of the upcoming exhibition “Work In Progress: Considering Utopia.” The performances will be presented by improvising duos consisting of one musician and one dancer.
Occurring within the gallery, these performances will “activate” Ohad Meromi’s sculpture 1967 and the gallery itself. Meromi is an Israeli artist based out of New York whose work is being exhibited on the west coast for the first time. 1967 is an interactive installation inspired by the community stage in the kibbutz. The work explores the concept of utopia through the lens of the kibbutz across time.
Steve Adams is active both as a composer and as a performer on saxophones, flutes, and electronics. Steve is best known as a member of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, with whom he has played for twenty years and released over twenty-five recordings. He has performed with Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell, John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Mark Dresser, Joan Jeanrenaud, Fred Frith, Tin Hat Trio, Willie “Loco” Alexander, Yo! Miles with Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith, Donald Byrd, Jaki Byard, and Ted Nugent as well as many other jazz, rock, dance and theater groups. Adams has written more than fifty compositions for saxophone quartet, as well as many others for varied instrumentations. He received a Meet the Composer grant in 1993 and a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2000, and teaches at Mills College.
Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco based performance company inkBoat, founded in 1998. Avant-garde performance developments from Japan developed the core of Iova-Koga’s aesthetic and physical training, strengthened by sustained collaborations from 1997 to 2007 in both Berlin and Tokyo. Iova-Koga currently teaches dance at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Most recently, Iova-Koga has been Associate Director for Anna Halprin’s “Parades and Changes” and in 2009 for “Spirit of Place.” Shinichi was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” award by the SF Bay Guardian in 2007. Most recently, the inkBoat production “Line Between” was awarded the Izzie for “Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.”
The full slate of performances:
Jacob Felix Heule & Christine Bonansea
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 | 6:30-7:15pm
Steve Adams & Shinichi Iova-Koga
Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 | 6:30-7:15pm
Jon Raskin & Justin Morrison
Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 | 6:30-7:15pm
Larry Ochs & Dohee Lee
Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 | 6:30-7:15pm