ABC 1988
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Derived from Paganini's own letters - text and Music by Jon Rose
  • Commissioned for The Listening Room by Ros Cheney
  • Recording engineer was John Jacobs
  • Recorded in pre-digital studio conditions!
  • Faith healers and religious nut jobs recorded from local radio stations by Jon Rose while on tour in the deep south of the USA 1986

The listener discovers a violinist who was as much a faith healer and bewitcher of the masses as conjurer with sound. A full range of violins including the ten string double violin, the baby megaphone violin, the 19 string cello, and amplified bow are used and cut with the ravings of evangelical preachers from America's Bible belt. (Extract from a much longer work)

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April 2023
'Rock/Paper/Scissors' - first performance of a radical new interface between violin improvisation, composition, orchestra, and conductor. Highlights here.
KNM, Berlin
March 2023
'Beak' - Kronos Quartet plays the world premiere, a composition based on the song of a Pied Butcherbird by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor.
Adelaide Festival
March 2024
'Night Songs' celebrates an interspecies multi-media engagement between the ancient music of a uniquely Australian songbird - Cracticus nigrogularis (the Pied Butcherbird) and Australia's premiere new music group Ensemble Offspring. Documentation here.
The Adelaide Festival
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