Pauline Oliveros + Kristin Norderval

The legendary composer and accordeonist Pauline Oliveros visits Oslo and will do a concert at Kunstnernes Hus. The evening starts with a screening of  To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation by the artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, and a rare Q&A with Oliveros and Electra Productions director, curator and writer Irene Revell. Oliveros will also bring her workshop Deep Listening to ANX 14 June.

In addition to doing a duo performance with Oliveros, Kristin Norderval will perform «I Give You Back» by Annea Lockwood.

"Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is... It's about the pleasure of making music." - John Cage, 1989.

Pauline Oliveros, 2010. Foto: Vinciane Verguethen

Pauline Oliveros is a senior figure in contemporary American music. Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones - her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi.

Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.  Pauline Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening,  which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice," she explains, simply. Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation.

Kristin Norderval is a composer and singer who specializes in developing new works for voice, cross-disciplinary work, and works using interactive technology. Commissions have included works for the Ultima Festival, Den Anden Opera, the BucharEast.West International Dance Festival, Ensemble Pi, and the Parthenia viol consort. Norderval's credits as a soloist include performances with Oslo Sinfonietta, Philip Glass Ensemble, Netherlands Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Symphony. Five chamber operas have been composed specifically for Norderval, including Pope Joan, a dance-opera by Anne LeBaron, and She Lost Her Voice That’s How We Knew - Frances White’s one-woman electro-acoustic opera. Kristin Norderval's discography includes works on Aurora, CRI, Deep Listening, Eurydice, Everglade, Koch International, New World, Nonesuch and Ravello. The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross included Norderval's latest CD - Aural Histories (post-ambient arias for voice and electronics) - on his list of “Ten Notable Classical Music Recordings of 2012”.

Born in New Zealand in 1939 and living in the US since 1973, Annea Lockwood is known for her explorations of the rich world of natural acoustic sounds and environments, in works ranging from sound art and installations, through text-sound and performance art to concert music. Her music has been performed in many venues and festivals including: the Possibility of Action exhibition at MACBA Barcelona, De Ijsbreker, the Other Minds Festival-San Francisco, the Walker Art Center, the American Century: 1950 - 2000 exhibition at the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, CNMAT Berkeley, the Asia-Pacific Festival, Donaufest 2006 Ulm, the Donau Festival Krems, the 7th Totally Huge New Music Festival Perth, Ear To The Earth Festival - New York and Sonic Acts XIII.

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation

Six performers are pushing towards a paradigm shift in the future. They are following the score “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation,“ which the composer Pauline Oliveros wrote in 1970 after reading the text “Scum Manifesto“ by Valerie Solanas (who is also known for shooting Andy Warhol).

Performance: Rachel Aggs, Peaches, Catriona Shaw, Verity Susman, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, William Wheeler.

By Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. More info.

Screenshot fra «To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation»

Deep Listening Workshop
Atelier Nord, ANX 14 June 15:00 - 18:00

Deep Listening Workshops include an Introduction to Deep Listening® with history, theory and practice. Practices include energy exercises, listening exercises and movement exercises as outlined in Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice by Pauline Oliveros, iUniverse, 2005. Processes and the experience of the practices are discussed during the workshops with partners or small groups as well as with the group as a whole. Sonic Meditations, Text Scores and Deep Listening Pieces by Pauline Oliveros as well as scores by certificate holders and other composers of participatory pieces may be performed and discussed. Workshops are intended for ear-minded people and attendees may be musicians or non-musicians.

Produced by VoxLAB.
Workshop registration: send an e-mail to Price: kr 350/200 (members of VoxLAB og nyMusikk). Payment to VoxLAB by 9 June with a name counts as obligatory registration, and will not be refunded. 

Kunstnernes Hus
13 June
7 pm

100/150 kr
Tickets on the door.
Address: Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo

Deep Listening Workshop:

14 June
3 - 6 pm

Address: Atelier Nord, Olaf Ryes pl. 2, Oslo