Pauline Oliveros


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Pauline Oliveros & American Voices



mode 40 Pauline OLIVEROS: St. George and the Dragon; In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney — Oliveros (accordion & voice), American Voices.  Premiere recordings

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Pauline Oliveros & American Voices

Pauline Oliveros, accordion & voice

American Voices

Neely Bruce, director

Pauline Oliveros is internationally acclaimed as a composer, accordionist, teacher and innovator of the technique calledDeep Listening. “Deep Listening” unfolds through the interaction of the performers as they are influenced by specialtunings and the space around them.

In 1991, Oliveros was invited by Neely Bruce, director of American Voices, to conduct Deep Listening trainingsessions with them in the chapel of the Pomfret School in Connecticut. This chapel was specially chosen for the sessionsbecause of its rich and reverberant acoustics. After two weekends of workshops, Oliveros and American Voices recordedseveral Deep Listening/Sonic Meditations in the Chapel.

A special solo performance by Pauline Oliveros on her “just-intonation” accordion was titled St. George and theDragon, an interaction with the the chapel’s acoustics, which included a noisy squirrel who joined in! Oliveros is againfeatured 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.


“Oliveros’s bold use of dissonance in her improvisations brings to mind the solo organ meditations of OlivierMessiaen…”
—Bill Tilland, Option

“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.”
—Damon Krukowski, Fanfare


Pauline Oliveros on Mode:
Deep Listening Band: Sanctuary (mode 46)

Neely Bruce on Mode:The Plague; Eight Ghosts; The Dream of the Other Dreamers — works for voices and electronics performed by Electric Phoenix. (mode 20)