In partnership with the Center for New Music, The CJM offers this site-specific performance in conjunction with the exhibition Work In Progress: Considering Utopia. The performance takes place within the gallery to “activate” Ohad Meromi’s sculpture 1967 and features musician Jon Raskin in an improvisational work with dancer Justin Morrison.
Rova Saxophone Quartet founding member Jon Raskin's early career includes participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands) in the 1970s. Before beginning 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. 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 30th Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane's Ascension, and performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles!
Justin Morrison is a San Francisco based dancer and choreographer. As a former member of Amsterdam based collective MAGPIE Music Dance Company spearheaded by Katie Duck, he has performed with many luminary musicians including Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Mary Oliver (ICP Orchestra), Rozemarie Heggen, Wilbert de Joode, Andy Moor (The Ex), Yannis Kyriakides, and others in the Amsterdam music scene. Originally from San Diego, Morrison has performed with Charles Curtis, Lukas Ligeti, George Lewis, Joseph Waters (SWARMIUS), and members of the Trummerflora collective. His evening length solo entitled WEAPON recently premiered at CounterPULSE in June.