July 2007

Studio Theatre at Annenberg Center3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $20 General Admission
Friday, April 20, 2007 - 8:00pm

Horns of Hathor featuring Roscoe Mitchell and Samir Chatterjee

Sound Exchange 2007

Pauline Oliveros, electronics + accordion
Ione, voice
Roscoe Mitchell , reeds
Samir Chatterjee, tabla

SoundExchange, presented by the American Composers Forum <http://www.composersforum.org/>, Philadelphia Chapter, and Ars Nova Workshop 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.

Since the 1960s 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 and Terry 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 1960s John Rockwell named her work Bye Bye Butterfly as one of the most significant of that decade. In the 1970s she represented the United States at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 1980s she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

The 1990s 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, and John Cage had the following to say: "Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is...It's about the pleasure of making music."

Roscoe Mitchell's innovations as a solo performer, his role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, and his reassertion of the composer in what has traditionally been an improvised form, have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over thirty years. He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Mitchell was born August 3rd, 1940 in Chicago. He started on clarinet and saxophone as a teenager. Later, while serving in the army in Germany, he played in a band with Albert Ayler. Upon his return in the 1960s, Mitchell began a number of relationships that would last until this day.

In 1966, his sextet became the first AACM group to record. The resulting album, Sound, is still recognized as an achievement, and it signaled a change in the music. In 1969 Mitchell's then group, the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, traveled to France. After under-going a lineup change, the band was reborn as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. For the next two decades they remained one of the most celebrated groups in music. In the time since, Mitchell has developed his solo music, as well as forming and composing for the Trio Space, the Sound Ensemble and the Note Factory as well as various configurations of trio, quartet, and sextet groups.