3xCD/DVD Box Set
60th anniversary box set that celebrates the incredible work and vision of Australian violinist and avant gardist Jon Rose: Rose has completely re-thought the potential of the violin and his open approach to improvisation and collaboration has resulted in some amazing one-off hook-ups. Rosin spans the breadth of his career, using both the acoustic violin and his hyperstring interactive bow system. Rose travelled across Australia with his partner ‘playing’ various wire fences with bows ala Alan Lamb that he found along the way and through his experiences with meeting people on his trips he encountered many unlikely collaborators. There’s a ton of that in here, with Rose playing along with local brass bands, musical whips, aboriginal choirs, orchestras of corrugated iron, chainsaws, singing dingos and musical gum leaves. There are also larger works, Ives-esque string settings and improvised violin concertos that have a depth and power that would reconcile orchestral settings with radical free playing as well as pieces for heavy earthmoving equipment that come over like Survival Research laboratories plays UK Industrial. The whole deal is accompanied by a ton of extras, including a whole disc of fascinating quick time videos documenting various performance strategies that runs to 1 hour and 25 minutes, a booklet with a ton of notes and pictures and each set comes with an artefact of used bow hair. A signed edition of 1000 copies, this is a fascinating overview of one of the great contemporary sound thinkers. Recommended.