The Tramp
SR 1993
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Produced for Robert Karge at Saarländischer Rundfunk as 'Der Landstreicher'.
  • Text and violin - Jon Rose
  • Round Midnite by Thelonius Monk (features Alexander Von Schlippenbach on MIDI keyboard).
  • Direction and Mr. 'fix it' for SR Stefan Dutt
  • In German, in case you were wondering

A violin playing tramp journeys through the streets and sewers (a huge thank you to the Sewage department at Saarbrücken for access to the sewers), meditating on the decline of civilisation, the species, and everything. This is a depressing and very black piece! As the tramp goes through the garbage, the chorus shouts out a litany of woe (mainly environmental) and eventually hurls its abuse and hatred at him too. This production was recorded just after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Now 30 years later, we know just how much we have screwed the environment. The tramp is not bothered, concentrating on life's little pleasures... like picking his nose. (Extract from the original full length production).

What's New

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
July 2022
'Fringe Benefits 1977​-​1985' - Historic glimpses of Improvised and Experimental Music in Australia; making available recordings from the original vinyl and cassette catalogue on Fringe Benefits.
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
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
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.
Brno, Czech Republic
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