LaSaM Unplugged – A Rose is a Rose (2008)

Short and Sweet Summer Evening Music for Inquisitive Minds, Friday, June 27, 2008, Metro Studio, Victoria BC.

In partnership with and the Victoria Conservatory of Music

A concert of acoustic music by Alvin Curran, James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Earle Brown, Ned Rorem and LaSaM members Chris Reiche, Cathy Lewis and Tina Pearson. Featuring text by Gertrude Stein and the sounds of piano, voice, flute, accordion, harp, trumpet, toys, spoken word and glass. With Margaret Ashburner and Nicholas Fairbank.

…spare or stripped to its essentials … repetition (often of short musical phrases, with minimal variations over long periods of time, ostinati) or stasis (often in the form of drones and long tones) … emphasis on consonant harmony … a steady pulse … hypnotic effect … use of phase shifting where sound units gradually move out of sync with each other…

PROGRAM

The Greeting by Pauline Oliveros (from Sonic Meditations I-XII, 1974)

A Rose is a Rose is a Round for Philip Corner (1970) by James Tenney

Nothing Elegant and A Petticoat by Cathy Lewis and Tina Pearson  with text from Tender Buttons (1914) by Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Swell Piece for Allison Knowles (1967) by James Tenney

Time by Chris Reiche

White Hunter (2008) by Cathy Lewis, Tina Pearson and Chris Reiche with text from Tender Buttons (1914) by Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Understanding (1981) by Tina Pearson

4 Systems (1954) by Earle Brown (1926-2002)

A Sound by Margaret Ashburner, Cathy Lewis, Tina Pearson and Chris Reiche with text from Tender Buttons (1914) by Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Rounds (1969) by Alvin Curran

 

Margaret Ashburner, Chris Reiche and Cathy Lewis. Photo Tina Pearson

PERFORMERS
Margaret Ashburner, harp; Nick Fairbank, trumpet and voice; Cathy Lewis, voice and bowls; Tina Pearson, flute, accordion voices; Chris Reiche, piano, bowls