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

June 2021
'Figures of Eight' - a work from 1974, updated, and given a thrilling performance by violinist Emma Roijackers.
Haarlem Lichtfabriek, Holland
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my new 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.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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
September 2021 - delayed Premiere
Jon is currently composing 'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. The work is inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA
Brno, Czech Republic
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