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Violins to Fences A Life of Experimentation in Music

Jon Rose performs on the global stage at the sharp end of experimental, new and improvised music. Central to that practice has been 'The Relative Violin' project, a unique output, rich in content, realising almost everything on, with, and about the violin - and string music in general. Most celebrated is the worldwide Fence project in existence since 1983; least known are the relative violins - over 20 home experimental string instruments, created specifically for and in Australia.

Jon Rose has appeared on more than 60 albums and collaborated with many of the mavericks of new music including Kronos String Quartet, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Alvin Curran, Fred Frith, George Lewis, Otomo Yoshihide, Christian Marclay, John Cage, etc. at festivals of New Music, Jazz, and Sound Art world wide such as Ars Elektronica, Festival D'Automne, Maerzmusik, Dokumenta, North Sea Jazz Fest, Leipzig Jazz Fest, European Media, New Music America, the Vienna Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, etc.

Recently Jon Rose was commissioned by the Kronos String Quartet to write and build "Music from 4 Fences" for the Sydney Opera House; realised his bicycle powered "Pursuit" project at Carriage Works (Sydney) and The Mona Foma Festival (Hobart); performed a completely new and improvised solo part for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; created two major radiophonic works for the BBC on the first Aboriginal string orchestra and the history of the piano in 19th century Australia; toured in Europe with his current improvisation groups 'Futch' and 'Strike'; produced his interactive Ball project at The Melbourne Festival, Gallery of New South Wales, Sounds Outback, and Mona Foma; performed his interactive multi-media composition "Internal Combustion" for violin and orchestra at The Philharmonic, Berlin.

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