Rova Saxophone Quartet Concert Oct. 7

September 29, 2022

The Grinnell College Music Department will showcase Rova Saxophone Quartet Concert Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

Formed in San Francisco with its first concert being in February 1978, Rova Sax Quartet quickly became well-known for its vital blend of compositions and structured improvisation, and has performed - over its 40-plus years - at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals throughout the world, including festivals that are well-known but hardly support the cutting edge of “jazz” - such as The Monterey Jazz Festival - and other major festivals with truly creative programming such as Jazz em Agosto (Lisbon, Portugal),  Winter Jazzfest (New York) Music Unlimited (Wels, Austria), and Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville, Quebec) and Vancouver Jazz Festival. 


Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music; Rova draws inspiration from the visual arts, contemporary poetry, contemporary dance. We listen closely and deeply appreciate both the traditional and the pop music styles of Africa and Asia. And then there is the blues; always a key. 

Rova Sax Quartet's musical goal has always been, since 1978, to instigate, to challenge, and to inspire. The group explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music. Rova:Arts, formed in 1986, acts as the umbrella organization for the musicians, facilitating the goals and productions and tours, the collaborations and special projects. 

More about Rova and Rova:Arts here: 

  • Bruce Ackley – soprano and tenor saxophones 
  • Steve Adams – alto and sopranino saxophones 
  • Larry Ochs – tenor and sopranino saxophones 
  • Jon Raskin – baritone and alto saxophones 


Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30–8:30 p.m.


Bucksbaum Art Center, Room 104 — Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum Arts Center, Room 100 — Rotunda


This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.  

The College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the College's website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or

Minors under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. The College also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus. 

Rova Saxophone Quartet Concert
Photo by Myles Boisen

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