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Accordion Tribe II: Four Accordions of the Apocalypse

Accordion Tribe II: Four Accordions of the Apocalypse In May 1996, five of the world's most innovative contemporary composer/accordionists convened in Europe for a three-week tour. The concerts were a powerful and thrilling experience -- in several critics' polls of European Jazz Magazines, the project was chosen as "live-performance of the year." As a result of the tour, a CD with the title "Accordion Tribe" was released in January 1998 on Intuition Music/Schott. After the success of the first accordion project with Guy Klucevsek, Maria Kalaniemi, Lars Hollmer, Otto Lechner and Bratko Bibic, there is now an exciting continuation, with renowned composer/accordionists Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Amy Denio and Alan Bern. Each of these players is recognized in classical, jazz, folk or avant-garde music circles as having a unique compositional voice, as well as an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Individually, they are uncompromising and driven by a deep passion for breaking down musical barriers. Collectively, they meet the challenge to integrate these forces into a whole, of which the combined energy is greater than the sum of its parts. The program features solos and combinations, compositions and collaborations from individual and collective group members. Like the first accordion tour, the full presentation will no doubt be a major event in the accordion renaissance, a turning point for the accordion as a contemporary instrument. As with the original Accordion Tribe venture, the chief instigator of the project is New York composer/accordionist Guy Klucevsek.

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Carrier Band

Peer Bode, Voice and Vocoder Andrew Deutsch, Electronics and toys Pauline Oliveros, Accordion/Expanded Instrument System

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Circle Trio

Pauline Oliveros, accordion India Cooke, violin Karolyn van Putten, vocalist The Circle Trio formed 1996 in Oakland,CA and includes violinist India Cooke, accordionist Pauline Oliveros and vocalist Karolyn van Putten. India Cooke is a classically trained violinist/composer who has performed many styles of music including jazz and crossover fusion; Pauline Oliveros is a composer/performer who has improvised her way through the avant garde, electronic music, free music and her own Sonic Meditations and Deep Listening Pieces; Karolyn van Putten is a vocalist/improvisor with a deep interest in music as a healing force drawing from traditional, contemporary and original music. Each member of the Circle Trio improvises from her own special experience making a diverse mix of music from extraordinary sound consciousness. The strong sense of community shared by the members of The Circle Trio in their music may guide the audience to a deep listening experience.

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Deep Listening Band

Deep Listening Band

Pauline Oliveros, accordion, electronics
Stuart Dempster, trombone, didjeridu
Panaiotis (1988-1990), vocals, electronics
David Gamper, keyboards, electronics

The Deep Listening Band was founded in 1988 by Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, and Panaiotis. David Gamper replaced Panaiotis in 1990.

The band is named after Oliveros' term, concept, program and registered servicemark of the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd., ''Deep Listening®'', and specializes in performing and recording in resonant or reverberant spaces such as cathedrals and huge underground cisterns including the two-million gallon Fort Worden Cistern, which has a 45 second reverberation time.

They have collaborated with Ellen Fullman and her Long String Instrument on "Suspended Music" released by Periplum Records; the Joe McPhee Quartet on "Unquenchable Fire" released by Deep Listening. They have also performed, recorded, and released a trope on John Cage's 4'33". "Non Stop Flight" released by Music&Arts is a 70 minute excerpt from the 4 hours and 33' trope.


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Extreme High Risk Entertainment System John D.S. Adams, modular electronics Norm Adams, cello/electronics Ione, spoken word, sonic vocals/electronics Pauline Oliveros, accordion/Expanded Instrument system (EIS) EHRES is Pauline Oliveros, John DS Adams, Ione, and Norman Adams: a quartet of performers employing an innovative system of acoustic and electronic interconnections for live performance. EHRES creates multilayered networks of connections allowing all sounds to be shared, processed and distributed to a multi-channel sound system. The web of connections begins with the interaction of the artist’s immediate music making process. EHRES balances on the unique qualities of listening, intuition, emotion, timbre, and range that their individual methods of music making present. Their web extends further into electronic sound, as the musicians process various signals, as the artists interact with one another’s acoustic and electronic sounds and as the sounds move through the performance space, via the immersive, eight channel speaker array. Musical structures are created spontaneously within each of the performer's instruments / systems and extends into the interconnections and interactions between the artists and the control of their systems. EHRES plans to produce a high resolution video/audio recording (on Blueray or DVD-HD) that illuminates the unique relationships of this ensemble in a performance setting. The audio will be recorded in a multi-channel environment in order to capture the spacialization of the sound system and the acoustic it is recorded within. The visuals will be a creative performance unto itself incorporating sophisticated and evocative lighting, multiple camera angles, and a mix of close-up shots and improvised video which in part will highlight the continual interaction between the performers of EHRES and the visual artist. In addition, material is planned which explains the EHRES system to clarify the music for listeners, as well as interviews with the performers describing the unique perspective each takes in their performance process.

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Sound artists Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood began performing as the duo Evidence in 2001. Focusing on the universe of real-world sound, Evidence pours field recordings like water into their compositional and improvisational process, resulting in music that balances between tight organization and unregulated flow. Using recording equipment, laptops, and other electronic devices, Evidence creates music that deals with gradual change, improvised over time, sometimes atmospheric, sometimes pulsating, always texturally striking and unique. Resisting classification into a single genre, Evidence is equally at home performing in experimental venues, clubs, galleries, planetariums, and rooftops.

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The Horns of Hathor

Pauline Oliveros, accordion/expanded instrument system (EIS)
Ione, spoken word/sonic vocals/electronics









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Interactive computer music improvisation duo "interface" creates sonic textures ranging from delicate imperceptible noise to a high energy wall of sound. They have extended, surrounded, and obscured their electric stringed instruments with a variety of technologies, creating an organic, gesturally powerful computer music. Curtis plays the SBass, a 5-string "vertical bass" (like an acoustic bass with no body) fitted with electrical pickups, motion, touch and pressure sensors which allow him to "drive" his computer during performance. Dan plays a 6-string electric violin and an electric bow of his own design; the RBow is a normal violin bow covered with motion and pressure sensors that send performance information to Dan's computer performance system.

Their instruments are dynamic, changing constantly from performance to performance and within performances. Recently, they have begun to integrate spherical speaker arrays, which radiate sound in all directions, into their performance set-up. Interface has a commitment to free-improvisation and electronic music composition. They create real-time sonic environments in performance which combine pre-composed electronic sounds with real-time digital signal processing, synthesis, algorithmic composition, and sampling.

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PUC is a quartet from Woodstock, New York, formed in 1989 by Chris Lane, loops and guitars; Harvey Jones, synthesizers; Peter Buettner, winds and electronics; and Carl Adami, bass. PUC has produced four releases and has been included on the Alternative Woodstock compilation. Their performances have been broadcast throughout the United States and Europe (including Latvia!). PUC plays live frequently and was featured in the 1994 Kleinert Concert Series of the Woodstock Guild. "If you thought that honest interplay and unposturing originality in music were both taking a snooze, wake yourself up...listen to PUC." David Torn

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Philadelphia-born Jason Finkelman is a percussionist who specializes in the Afro-Brazilian bow instrument berimbau. His extended instrumentation includes African and Brazilian percussion, congas, riti (African fiddle), found metal, bird calls, and ocarinas. His compositional credits for theater and dance include Cynthia Oliver's works from 1995 to 2000 and Carl Hancock Rux's No Black Male Show (2000), and Shakespeare's Henry V (2001) produced by the theater department of the University of Illinois. He recently founded Elliptical Orbit while seeking unusual instrumentation for improvised music in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois where he currently resides.

Guitarist/Composer Geoff Gersh performs in various ensembles of improvised and composed music in NYC as well as composing for dance and film.. He is currently a band member for the Off-Broadway production of Blue Man Group: Tubes, where he plays the electric zither. In the spring of 1999 he began his studies on the shamisen with Kiharu Nakamura, who teaches in the Nagauta style. He received a Special Opportuity Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1999 and Meet the Composer Awards on multiple occasions.

Based in Philadelphia, Charles Cohen, has been composing and performing electronic music since 1971. He specializes in collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects with theatre, dance, music, and media artists, and is especially interested in live performance and improvisation. His instrument is the Buchla Music Easel. It is an extremely rare integrated analog performance instrument made by synth pioneer Don Buchla. In regards to his work, he states, "Mood, atmosphere, and landscape are what my sounds are about. Collaboration and exploration are what my process is about. The intent is sharing our favorite pastime with others."

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