SAINT JOHANNA
Radio France 1989
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Produced in 1989 at Le Confort Modern, Poitiers, for Fazette Bordage; edited at Radio France.
  • Text, music, MIDI Keyboard, by Jon Rose.
  • Shelley Hirsch - voice, Peter Hollinger - drums, Jon Rose - violin.
  • Local cast of footballers and crowd by Le Confort Modern.
  • The chronicle of Saint Johanna was sung by boy singers Nicholas Epain and Marc Delors.
  • Les Boyaux Anciens de Poitiers directed by Docteur J. Rosenberg.
  • Later exposed on Radio France by Kaye Mortley (it had been gathering dust).

A tale of two heroines, both with the same name, both play the violin (or Medieval Vielle in the historic case), both sing, both engaged in battle with the English; one is a Joan of Arc archetype from the 14th century and the other is a new wave rock star from the 1980's. The earlier one is probably the most significant, as she references a football match played in 1381... "only used to playing with one ball, the invaders became disorientated when the French started kicking 100s of balls at them, believing the French army to be 22 times as big as it actually was". She seems to have been responsible also for the phrase "The English are coming", used by French women to this day to describe their monthly cycles.

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April 2022
'Honey Ants' - New and Experimental Music Album from Alice Springs featuring Luiz Gubeissi and Jon Rose on Thödol Records.
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May 2021
'State of Play' titles my double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
September 2021
'Corrugations' heralds a new music series starting in Alice Springs - we just moved into a new house here big enough to hold the Rosenberg Museum and performances.
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May - October 2021
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November 2021 - Premiere
'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. Finally after many Covid-19 delays, the work is performed. Inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA, you can mix your own version here.
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