On Planet Stockhausen

A new book on Stockhausen is reviewed and it sounds like entertaining reading, if nothing else.


Eighth Blackbird Remaining Season

Classical new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird will be finishing up their current season over the next few weeks and will perform a few shows in Chicago, including one tonight.

Chicago, IL
Mar 30&31 8pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
Pierrot Lunaire

Chicago, IL
Apr 1 Sat 8pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
Pierrot Lunaire

New York, NY
May 6 Sat 8pm
Look & Listen Festival
with So Percussion

Chicago, IL
May 12 Friday
Tomorrow’s Music Today
University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
May 19 Friday
Tomorrow’s Music Today
University of Chicago

Pauline Oliveros in Philadelphia

Oliveros is playing two nights in Philly this weekend.

Friday, March 31 | 8pm
Pauline Oliveros and the Deep Listening Band
Pauline Oliveros, electronics/accordian
David Gamper, piano/electronics
Stuart Dempster, trombone
plus very special guests

+Sunday, April 2 | 4pm
An Evening of New Works by Pauline Oliveros, Ben Camp, Jonathan Matis, Valerie Opielski and John Phillips
performed by
Bart Miltenberger, trumpet/flugel horn
Byard Lancaster, saxophones/flutes
Charles Cohen, Buchla Music Easel
Dave Smolen, electronics
Evan Lipson, el. and double-bass
Gerone Dale Jimenez, banjo/vocals
Helena Espvall-Santoleri, cello/electronics
Jesse Kudler, electronics/guitar
Joe Whitt, double-bass/el. bass
Monica McIntyre, cello/vocals
Pauline Oliveros and the Deep Listening Band

The Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd and Spruce streets

Admission to both concerts:
$20 General Admission
$10 Students and Seniors
Tickets available day of events only.

Event Description:
SoundExchange, presented by the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter, and Ars Nova Workshop, in cooperation with Peregrine Arts, is an annual event designed to bring leading composers representing the most influential and distinct stylistic schools to Philadelphia with the purpose of presenting new work and conducting artist workshops with local composers and performers. This year, SoundExchange has selected the composer/master improviser Pauline Oliveros and her Deep Listening Band to hand-select a Philadelphia-based ensemble as well as four local composers. This SoundExchange Ensemble will develop a specific practice through a series of workshops with Oliveros her unique theories and approaches to performance.

SoundExchange programs feature the work of a master artist along side Philadelphia’s brightest emerging artists and seasoned musicians. Performing together exclusively for this engagement will be a Philadelphia electro-acoustic ensemble that will present four new experimental compositions plus a piece by Pauline Oliveros.

Since the 1960’s Pauline Oliveros (b. 1932) has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. She has been celebrated worldwide, and many credit her as the founder of present day meditative music. One of the original members of the Tape Music Center at Mills College (along with Morton Subotnick andTerry Riley), her outstanding body of work includes collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Sonic Youth, Roscoe Mitchell and Alvin Curran, among many others.

Pauline Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the many facets of sound. All of Oliveros’ work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills. She has been celebrated worldwide. During the 1960’s John Rockwell named her work Bye Bye Butterfly as one of the most significant of that decade. In the 70’s she represented the U.S. at the World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 80’s she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

The 1990’s began with a letter of distinction from the American Music Center presented at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2000, the 50th anniversary of her work was celebrated with the commissioning and performance of her Lunar Opera: Deep Listening For_tunes. Oliveros’ work is available on numerous recordings produced by companies internationally. John Cage said of Oliveros, “Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is…It’s about the pleasure of making music.”

Edgefest 2006 Lineup Announced

This year’s Edgefest lineup is stronger than usual. It has not been posted yet but advance word is as follows:

October 11-14, 2006
8 Bold Souls
Time Berne’s Paraphrase
Tomasz Stanko Quartet
Oliver Lake and Mary Redhouse
Claudia Quintet
Myra Melford’s Trio M
Matt Darriau’s Paradox trio
Lars Hollmer’s A2 Global Home Project
Drew Gress’ 7 Black Butterflies group
Trio Derome/Guilbeault/Tanguay
Bottomed Out (a local artist collective)
more TBA