Larry Ochs (musician)

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Larry Ochs at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2009

Larry Ochs (b. May 3, 1949, New York City) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Ochs studied trumpet briefly but concentrated on tenor and sopranino saxophones. He worked as a record producer and founded his own label, Metalanguage Records, in 1978, in addition to operating the Twelve Stars studio in California. He co-founded the Rova Saxophone Quartet, and also worked in Glenn Spearman's Double Trio. A frequent recipient of commissions, he composed the music for the play Goya's L.A. by Leslie Scalapino in 1994 and for Letters Not About Love, which was named best documentary film at SXSW in 1998. He has also played in a new music trio called Room and the What We Live ensemble. He has recorded several albums as a leader.[1] He formed the group Kihnoua in 2007 with vocalist Dohee Lee and Scott Amendola on drums and electronics,[2] which released Unauthorized Caprices in 2010.[3]

He is married to the poet Lyn Hejinian.

Discography as leader[edit]

  • Room: Hall of Mirrors (Music & Arts, 1992)
  • The Secret Magritte (Black Saint Records, 1995)
  • The Neon Truth (Black Saint, 2002)
  • Fly Fly Fly (Intakt, 2004) - with Joan Jeanrenaud, Miya Masaoka
  • Out Trios Vol.5: Up From Under (Atavistic Records, 2007)
  • The Mirror World (Metalanguage, 2007)
  • Spiller Alley (Rogueart, 2008)
  • Stone Shift (Rogueart, 2009)
  • Jones Jones: We All Feel The Same Way (SoLyd, 2009)
  • Unauthorized Caprices (Not Two, 2010)[3]
  • The Throne (Not Two, 2014) - with Don Robinson
  • The Fictive Five (Tzadik, 2015)

With Rova Saxophone Quartet

With Fred Frith and Maybe Monday

With Dave Rempis and Darren Johnston


  1. ^ Lane, Joslyn. Larry Ochs (musician) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kihnoua Introduction. Larry Ochs website.
  3. ^ a b Horton, Lyn (October 17, 2010). "Kihnoua - Unauthorized Caprices, Not Two". Jazz Times.

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