Saxophone Diplomacy (1985; reissued 2019)

by Rova Saxophone Quartet

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    Remastered Live Recordings from the historic 1983 tour of Russia, Latvia and Romania. Expanded and updated liner notes by critic Peter Kostakis.
    Feel free to download the attached photos, all by photographer George Mattingly who came on the tour with Rova along with USA poets, music critics, film-makers, recording engineer Bob Shumaker, and a video crew called Ideas in Motion which produced a one-hour documentary for PBS network which premiered on KQED San Francisco the following year. Rova returned in 1989 for a second tour, but many things had changed by then; the USSR was in fact no more.

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released October 1, 2019

All recordings in June 1983 by Robert Shumaker;
CD-master by Peter Pfister; Cover photo by Luca Buti; Liner notes by Peter Kostakis; graphic concept by fuhrer vienna; Recordings produced by Eva Soltes & Larry Ochs; Executive Production by Bernhard „Benne“ Vischer, Christian C. Dalucas and Werner X. Uehlinger.
Special thanks to: Eva Soltes, Robert Shumaker and the Ideas In Motion Crew of Jim Rogers, Jim Mayer and Dimitri Devyaktin.
This recording is dedicated to Alexander Kan, whose 1982 invitation to perform for the Leningrad
Contemporary Music Club was the first step of many that eventually led ROVA to The Soviet Union.


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Rova: a group that can move you the way an Eastern European choir of voices can move you, but also a group with force that can feel as if its tearing the walls of the listening space down, or one of nature’s wild phenomena, or conversely, the almost-silent overlapping sound-patterns heard with eyes closed in a field in the wilderness. Since 1978, dealing it, and surprising listeners worldwide. ... more

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