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Jon Rose - "China Copy"
CGR 01 (1998)

Jon Rose Originally to appear on Henry Kwok's Sound Factory Label in Hong Kong, but releases on JDK after financial problems upon returning Hong Kong to mainland China (We hope it is not a bad omen for the future of alternative music in the People's Republic). This is an hour long experimental radio Horspiel based on the 'Key Copiers of Beijing' and the People's Music Instrument Factory.

Originally to appear on Henry Kwok's Sound Factory Label in Hong Kong, but released on Creamgarden after Rose's return to Hong Kong to mainland China.  This is an hour long experimental radio Horspiel based on the 'Key Copiers of Beijing' and the People's Music Instrument Factory.

Links to the official Jon Rose website.

REVIEWS:

A review on China Copy - taken and translated from Senzor magazine:

Violinist/avant-garde musician Jon Rose has many musical faces. His experiments with samples already resulted in many good, innovative, collage-piece.  His latest sampling-art can be heard on 'China Copy", released on Creamgardens, a sub-label of JdK Productions. The material for the samples on this record comes from various Chinese locations and situations.

We hear people copy keys for the cardboard box in which they live, dumpling sellers, factory workers busy tuning the instruments they are making, Hong Kong radio sounds, public speeches, street sounds, excerpts from a traditional Chinese opera (with saw). Jon Rose completes these tracks with his experimental, often improvised violin-playing, synthesizer, amplified bow and computer-generated sounds. The result is the better, but hectic patchwork with a couple of 'stilled' violin moments. The rhythmical percussion mostly comes from samples which he has transformed into mechanical beats. Intelligent avant-garde 'pur sang'.

Jon Rose Discography --

http://www.wnur.org/jazz/artists/rose.jon/discog.html 


Biography --

Born 1951 in the U.K.
1959-69 Full Music Scholarship King's School Rochester.  1970-75 Miscellaneous Music Activities: Rock Bands, Music Publishing (UMP, London), Recording Engineer (Royal Academy of Music), Multi-media performance, Local Jazz Groups, Session Musician, Commercial Arranger (Pathway Studios), West Indian Folk Reggae Band. Music for BBC Children's Programmes, Sitar Studies, Flamenco Duo, "New Music" Compositions, Graphic Design, Film Animation, Video Work.

1976 Emigrates to Australia, 1976-89 Relative Violin Projects based mainly in Australia.  Since 1985, he has performed over 250 concerts in Australia, Japan, West Germany, East Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, United States of America, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Italy.

He has been featured in many of The World`s Festivals of Contemporary Arts such as:  Strasbourg New Music Festival, New Music America, Moers New Jazz (Germany), Musique Actuelle (Canada), Musique Action (Nancy), The Vienna Festival, Festival D`Automne, North Sea Jazz Festival, Inventionen (Berlin), Taklos (Zürich, Bern, Basel), The European Media Festival, Perfo 4 (Rotterdam), East West International Jazz Festival (Budapest), New Music Chicago, Poliphonix Festival Paris, Nickelsdorf Confrontation (Austria), Atonal Festival (Berlin), Pisa Festival (Italy), Middelberg New Music (Holland), Internationale Des Musiques Innovatrices (St. Etienne), Jazz Bühne (Berlin), Festival at Ulrichsberg, Wels, Hoffheim, etc.

He has performed/recorded with the many of The World`s leading Improvising/Innovative Musicians, including Derek Bailey, Alvin Curran, Misha Mengelberg, Fred Frith, Toshinori Kondo, George Lewis, Barry Guy, Eugene Chadbourne, Dr. Johannes Rosenberg, Christian Marclay, Shelly Hirsch, Evan Parker, Han Benniink, Tristan Honsinger, Conrad und Johannes Bauer, Joelle Leandre, etc.  He has appeared on more than 15 Record Albums under his own name including - "Vivisection" (Aufruhr), "Cultural Terrorism" (Dossier), Les Domestiques (Konnex), "Paganini`s Last Testimony" (Ear-rational).

Awards

Compositions for Violin

Major Film/Music performance works - (available as super 8 and Video)

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