Jon Rose

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Photograph of Jon Rose and Miya Masaoka in 1996, around the time of the recording of Sliding.

Australian, born England, 1951, violin, long strings, myriad invented and adapted string instruments, samples.

Jon Rose started playing the violin at 7 years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester. He gave up formal music education at the age of 15 and from then on, was mostly self-taught.

Throughout the 1970's, first in England then in Australia, he played, composed and studied in a large variety of music genres - from sitar playing to country & western; from 'new music' composition to commercial studio session work; from Bebop to Italian club bands; from Big band serial composition to Sound Installations. He became the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every Art Gallery, Jazz and Rock club in the country - either solo or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band.

In 1986, he moved to Berlin in order to more fully realise his on-going project (of some 20 years) The Relative Violin. This is the development of a Total Artform based around the one instrument. Necessary to this concept has been innovation in the fields of new instrument design (over 25 deconstructed violin instruments including the legendary double piston, triple neck wheeling violin and giant bowed instruments reaching up to 15 meters in length), environmental performance (eg. playing fences in the Australian outback using the violin as a bow), new instrumental techniques (tested sometimes in uninterrupted marathon concerts of up to 12 hours long), both analogue (built into the violins themselves) and the more recently inter-active electronics (2 bowing to Midi systems) . . . plus using the mediums of radio (over 20 major International productions for radio stations like ABC, BBC, WDR, SR, BR, Radio France, RAI, ORF, SFB, etc including Eine Violine fr Valentin, The Long Sufferings of Anna Magdalena Bach,and Breadfruit), live-performance-film and television to create a new, alternative and personal revised history for THE VIOLIN.

He has worked with many of the innovators in contemporary music (including Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Shelley Hirsh, Connie Bauer, Toshinori Kondo, Alvin Curran). In 1989, in co-operation with New Music Festival 'Inventionen' (Berlin), he directed the first "Relative Violin Festival" with over 50 violinists from around the world. In 1991, he directed "Das Rosenberg Museum", a surrealist satire commissioned by ZDF, (Germany's second TV channel). Other films/videos include Café Central and Shopping (both made for ORF, Austria). Jon Rose is currently performing The Chaotic Violin, one of a number of highly acclaimed works for violin and inter-active software. His current group projects are Violin Music in the Age of Shopping (with the likes of Chris Cutler, Lauren Newton, Otomo Yoshihide, etc); the Berlin Noise-Impro-Rock Band Slawterhaus (with Johannes Bauer, Dietmar Diesner & Peter Hollinger); The interactive 'Badminton' game PERKS, based on the musical innovations and perversions of Australian freak composer Percy Grainger; working in duo with Miya Masaoka; and the new impro/interactive project Exiles (with Tony Buck & Joe Williamson).

Moving into 2001, Jon Rose will be heavily involved in the Australia Ad Lib Project.


Further information

About Jon Rose
Corbett, John (1994). Jon Rose: the violable tradition, in Extended play: sounding off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein. Duke University Press, 0 8223 1473 8. pp. 298-307.

By Jon Rose
Rose, Jon (1997), A radio affair: reflections on a lifetime of radio. Resonance, vol. 5, no. 2, p. 28-30.
Rose, Jon, The Pink Violin. Melbourne: NMA.
Rose, Jon, Violin music in the age of shopping. Melbourne: NMA.

See also Jon Rose's own web site.


A more detailed version can be found at the online Jon Rose discography by Patrice Roussel and Michael Rosenstein.

1977/1985. Fringe benefits, Entropy stereo esr 006.
1978, Solo Violin Improvisations, Fringe Benefit Records.
1979, Decomposition, FBR. With Louis Burdett, Dave Ellis.
1980/1986, Forward of short leg Dossier ST 7529.
1983, Tango, HOT Records. With Martin Wesley-Smith.
nd, A Room with a View, HOT Records. With Shelley Hirsch.
1983/1984. Country music of Southeastern Australia, Entropy stereo esr 002. Eugene Chadbourne.
1985, The Relative Band '85, HOT Records. With Eugene Chadbourne, David Moss, Jim Denley, etc.
1985, Open the box, Moers Music 02048. One piece on Vario LP.
1987, Les domestiques Konnex ST 5019. Duo with Joëlle Léandre.
1987/1990, Violin music for restaurants ReR BJRCD.
1988, Kultural Terrorism, DOSSIER. With Eugene Chadbourne.
1988/1990, Live, Victo CD013. Slawterhaus.
1988/1995, Paganini's last testimony, Resonance RES 5.2 CD. Track on CD from Resonance magazine.
1990, 2 real violin stories Extraplatte EX 176.
1990, The virtual violin, Megaphone 009.
1991/1993, Pulled muscles, Immigrant 019.
1992, Brain weather ReR BJRCD2.
1992, Monumental, Intakt CD 030. Slawterhaus.
1993, After hours/the colour of blood ReR quarterly vol. 4, no. 2. Single track on compilation CD.
1993/1994, Eine violine für Valentin, No Wave NWCD 007.
1993/1995, Rosenberg's revised timetables, Erosha ERH 004.
1993/1996, The fence, ReR Recommended ReR JR5.
1994/1995, :// ReR JR4.
1994, Violin music in the age of shopping, Intakt CD 038.
1994, Violin music for supermarkets, Megaphone 016.
1994, Switchbox, No man's land nml 9421. Frank Schulte.
1994, Tatakiuri SANK-OHSO/Creativeman disc CMDD-00017. With Otomo Yoshihide.
1995, AngelicA 1995 AI 007. Two brief duos with Otomo Yoshihide.
1995, Techno mit störungen Plag Dich nicht 002.
1996, Perks ReR JR3.
1996, Sliding, Noise Asia NAIM 02CD. Duo with Miya Masaoka.
1996, Exiles 1., Megaphone Exiles 1.
1997, China copy, Creamgardens CRG 01. Sampling project.
1998, PERKS 1, 2, 3, Long Arms Records CDLA 98020. Three brief tracks on Russian compilation CD.
1999, The hyperstring project, ReR Recommended ReR JR6.
1999, The violin factory, Hermes Discorbie HDCD001.
1999, Steel water light, ReR Recommended ReR RMGC. Roberto Musci/Chris Cutler/Jon Rose/Claudio Gabbiano.
?, Nightnursing, Auditorium 01. Claudio Gabbiani.
2000, The Kryonics, Emanem 4047.
2000, Strung, Sublingual SLR011.
2000, State of the Union 2.001, EMF CD 028. Short solo track on compilation 3CD set.
2000, Musical Corr≡la(c)tivity, combined Book/CD. Rose/Weston duo on one track.
2000-2002, Temperament, Emanem 4207. Rose/Weston duo.
2001/2005, Tunings & tunes, Hermes Discorbie HDCD011. Jon Rose/Veryan Weston.
2002, Double indemnity, Hermes Discorbie HD005.
2006, Futch, Jazzwerkstatt JW010. Bauer/Rose/Lehn.
2012, Colophony, Creative sources CS 229. Jon Rose/Meinrad Kneer/Richard Barrett.
2014, Tuning out: pieces for tracker-action organs and strings, Emanem 5207. Veryan Weston/Jon Rose/Hannah Marshall.

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