Pauline Oliveros & American Voices
Pauline Oliveros, accordion & voice
Neely Bruce, director
Pauline Oliveros is internationally acclaimed as a composer, accordionist, teacher and innovator of the technique called Deep Listening. "Deep Listening" unfolds through the interaction of the performers as they are influenced by special tunings and the space around them.
In 1991, Oliveros was invited by Neely Bruce, director of American Voices, to conduct Deep Listening training sessions with them in the chapel of the Pomfret School in Connec-ticut. This chapel was specially chosen for the sessions because of its rich and reverberant acoustics. After two weekends of workshops, Oliveros and American Voices recorded several Deep Listening/Sonic Meditations in the Chapel.
A special solo performance by Pauline Oliveros on her "just-intonation" accordion was titled St. George and the Dragon, an interaction with the the chapel's acoustics, which included a noisy squirrel who joined in! Oliveros is again featured on the accordion with American Voices for In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney, a moving meditation for those departed.
A second disc from these sessions is in preparation for release on Mode Records.
"The three-quarter hour solo accordion improvisation, St. George and the Dragon comes as a bit of a shock after other recent Oliveros recordings; cavernous reverberation in a light, poignant tone, are replaced by much more brittle, shriller sounds, which penetrate rather than embrace."
"Surrounded by the rough stone walls of a chapel at the Pomfret school in Connecticut, Pauline Oliveros improvised the forty-seven-minute solo piece St. George and the Dragon by listening to the her accordion in this space, and reacting to its reverberations. Oliveros plays her accordion much the way rock guitarists play their amp; responding to the subtle changes in the noise, building the feedback to acheive a wall of sound."
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