|Vinyl only release!
Celebrating the 33 1/3 anniversary of Rova’s first concert on February 4, 1978 at Mills College in Oakland, Rova:Arts, in conjunction with Metalanguage, announces the forthcoming release of The Receiving Surfaces—a multi-track recording of the Rova-John Zorn sax quintet in concert at Yoshi’s in August 2010. The HQ-180 gram vinyl LP is a limited edition of 300, with no CD or other digital release to be made available now or in the future.
The Receiving Surfaces exudes a feeling of trust and daring that makes listening to the Rova-Zorn quintet a thrill — hair-raising, intuitive, explosive, introverted, carefree and carefully crafted all at once. The quality of the multi-track recording has been maintained through skillful mixing by Eric Moffat, lacquer master cutting by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio, and 180 gram virgin vinyl pressing at RTI, the same plant that pressed many early, audiophile-quality Metalanguage records.
The concert and the recording both celebrate a nearly 4 decade relationship between Rova members and John Zorn, whom we regard as one of the great visionary musicians and thinkers of our milieu. Even in pre-Rova days we were closely allied with John, and then, as Rova formed and evolved, our intimate connection with him was maintained through conversation, concerts, recordings, collaboration and friendship. This release may be the culmination of our years in the trenches.