Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
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The Space Between with Joëlle Léandre

Pauline Oliveros

 with Joëlle Léandre

Recorded live at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, Berkeley, CA, November 2 & 3, 2002.
The Space Between brings together the freedom of spontaneous improvisation with a number of diverse traditions and ideas, not the least of which is the legendary Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening concept. In the Cadence review of their 2001 debut, The Space Between with Barre Phillips, Frank Rubolino wrote, “As a unit, they speak in a broken tongue of rarified beauty that is demanding but fully rewarding." This release once again pairs this esoteric trio with a world-renowned bassist in Jöelle Léandre.

More than just an award-winning instrumentalist, Léandre is one of the few artists able to world premiere works by new music composers like John Cage, actively compose and premiere her own music on a world stage, and also collaborate with the best creative improvisers playing today.

Musicians: Pauline Oliveros (accordion), Philip Gelb (shakuhachi), Dana Reason (piano), Joelle Leandre (bass) - .482music

 

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The Space Between with Mathew Sperry

Pauline Oliveros

This recording is a tribute to our dear friend Matt whose life was unexpectedly cut short. The first piece is a live concert by The Space Between, recorded in NYC in December 2002. The second piece is a live concert by The Space Between with special guest Matthew Sperry, recorded in Berkeley in 1999. Released July 2003 on 482music.

Musicians: Pauline Oliveros (accordion), Philip Gelb (shakuhachi), Dana Reason (piano), Matthew Sperry (bass) - .482music

 

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The Space of Spirit

Pauline Oliveros

The Space of Spirit (1999) for vocalists, carillon, and organ

 

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The Wanderer

Pauline Oliveros

The Wanderer (composed in 1982) is a rare work for that rare ensemble, the accordion orchestra, here 23-strong. The Wanderer's first half mainly investigates the complexities of drone, with a rich, multi-layered texture serving as the backing for measured solo melodies. A number of dramatic crescendos set it apart from many of Oliveros's other accordion drone pieces. Some of the melodies are reminiscent of bagpipe music, and in the second half it transforms into highly rhythmic dance music.

 

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The Wanderer

Pauline Oliveros

A quietly crucial American composer, Pauline Oliveros has been a pioneer of music that works at the confluence of tone, breath and the expansion of perceptions – an organic tone scientist breathing spirit music with the sometimes unwieldy lungs of the accordion. The eclectic Important label has offered us a nice surprise, re-issuing on CD two classic Oliveros albums from the 1980s.

The Wanderer, originally released in 1984, presents Oliveros’ accordion and vision in live recordings, within various group contexts. The re-issued version opens, surprisingly, with a previously un-released piece, “Duo for Accordion & Bandoneon,” featuring Oliveros and David Tudor. It’s a conversation between the two players and their instruments, offering a plethora of reed tones, bleeps, blurts, and satisfyingly Cage-ian explosions and silences. “The Wanderer: Song & Dance” is a wild, stomping piece for the Springfield Accordion Orchestra and percussion – a sort of Ur-folk dance concerto, with rhythmic cells pumping, pulsing and, once again, breathing . A quartet version of “Horse Sings From Cloud” –featuring Oliveros with Heloise Gold, Julia Haynes and Linda Montano – re-imagines the billowing drones and textures of the piece with the added complexity of the four players’ various wind-blown reeds and their microtonal variations in tuning, making for a quietly awe-inspiring soundwork.

Important has given loving attention to detail in these reissues, reproducing in CD-size the LP jackets, retaining the original liner notes and adding new notes by the composer. Best of all, the CD mastering has preserved the dynamic range of the recordings.

By Kevin Macneil Brown, Dusted

 

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The Well and the Gentle

Pauline Oliveros

The Well and the Gentle (1983)

The Well and the Gentle was commissioned by the Relache new music ensemble and was recorded on the Hat Art label. One of the more popular of Oliveros' text based intuitive pieces, it is a work of sublime beauty. Musicians are given a different scale for each of the two sections with one rhythmic motif for the second section and instructions for musical interaction.

 

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The Witness

Pauline Oliveros

For soloist and an imaginary partner or ensemble of up to 100.

 

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To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation

PAULINE OLIVEROS

 

Shortly after it was published in 1968 the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas fell into my hands.  Intrigued by the egalitarian feminist principles set forth in the Manifesto, I wanted to incorporate them in the structure of a new piece that I was composing. The women's movement was surfacing and I felt the need to express my resonance with this energy.  Marilyn Monroe had taken her own life.  Valerie Solanas had attempted to take the life of Andy Warhol. Both women seemed to be desperate and caught in the traps of inequality:  Monroe needed to be recognized for her talent as an actress.  Solanas wished to be supported for her own creative work. Commissioned by the Music Department of Hope College, Holland Michigan, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation had its premiere in 1970.  Though everyone knew Marilyn Monroe hardly anyone recognized Valerie Solanas or took her Manifesto seriously.  I brought the names of these two women together in the title of the piece to draw attention to their inequality and to dedicate the piece.” – Pauline Oliveros. 

This LP contains both the 1970 Hope College premiere, performed by a 14-piece ensemble, and a 1977 recording from Wesleyan University, performed by a 43-piece orchestra.  Roaratorio is proud to present the first commercially available release of this eerie, beautiful, and important Oliveros work.  Cover artwork by Judith Lindbloom.  Download coupon included.

"Much of Oliveros's aesthetic is best understood as environment, areas of aural doldrums providing momentary and slightly queasy resting points, like the requisite standing back from a massive architectural work to take in the whole before venturing back in. In

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe

, the hallmarks of Oliveros's later philosophy and aesthetic are brought into direct play with politically-charged expressionism. Kudos to Minneapolis-based Roaratorio Records for uncovering such a significant work, a piece of music that will probably scare the living shit out of you. Valerie Solanas would be proud." - Clifford Allen,

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To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation (1970)

Composer:  Pauline Oliveros
Recorded live at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, September 1970.

Shortly after it was published in 1967 The SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas fell into my hands.  Intrigued by the egalitarian feminist principles set forth in the Manifesto I wanted to incorporate them in the structure of a new piece that I was composing. The women's movement was surfacing and I felt the need to express my resonance with this energy.  Marilyn Monroe had taken her own life.  Valerie Solanas had attempted to take the life of Andy Warhol. Both women seemed to be desperate and caught in the traps of inequality:  Monroe needed to be recognized for her talent as an actress.  Solanas wished to be supported for her own creative work. Commissioned by the Music Department of Hope College, Holland Michigan/ To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in recognition of their desperation /had its premiere in 1970.  Though everyone knew Marilyn Monroe hardly anyone recognized Valerie Solanas or took her Manifesto seriously.  I brought the names of these two women together in the title of the piece to draw attention to their inequality and to dedicate the piece.   -Pauline Oliveros

 

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Tower Ring Art Book

The Tower Ring Art Book is a book documentating the premiere of the site-specific performance in Ann Hamilton's Tower at Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, CA On June 4 and 5, 2011. 

Performers include Chris Chafe, Stuart Dempster, Renko Dempster, David Gamper, Brenda Hutchinson,Ÿ Ione, Ÿ George Marsh,Ÿ Pauline Oliveros,Ÿ Christopher Pilafian, Jennifer Wilsey, The Cornelius Cardew Choir directed by Tom Bickley and Students of Mills College.

Photography by ©Aimee Friberg Photography 2011, www.aimeefribergphoto.com unless otherwise noted.
Additional photography provided by: Torreyanna Barley, Diane Caudillo, Cathryn Hrudicka, Ione, Rachel Koenig, Michelle Lou, Adria Otte, Moira Roth, Benjamin Tinker and Jennifer Wilsey.

Sumi and watercolors on paper: ©2011 Suiren a.k.a Renko Ishida Dempster. 
Additional artwork by Nick Kanozik.

Available for purchase only through our Blurb Bookstore HERE.

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