Scratch and the Sequence

Following a busy two years online, the Vocal Constructivists returned to live performance at Pentameters Theatre in summer 2022 with an exciting programme that revisited groundbreaking works of past decades and explored visionary new pieces. Along with their other programmes, they continue to develop Scratch and the Sequence, to question the contents of Linn D’s Nothing in Nothing, explore being Half Rite, listen in for Barbara Alden’s Inner Word, chase Ben Zucker’s Wolffs, crumple Nye Ffarrabas’s paper concerto with rounds and egg watching, buzz after Simone Forti, vibrate in Daniel J. Wolf’s spectral madrigals, wake up to Jin-Hi Kim’s Living Tones II, get back to the board with Cornelius Cardew’s Schooltime Compositions, and resonate in Alvin Lucier’s Opera with Objects.

‘Deep Listening: a gesture for sonic peace’

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pauline Oliveros, a composer and musical visionary who has been close to the Vocal Constructivists’ development and influenced our thinking and musical life in so many ways. Pauline’s compositions and her wisdom have inspired us to work more closely as an ensemble and her personal input has been invaluable. We were honored to work with her as recently as June 2016. In Pauline’s own words:

‘Dying will happen to all of us at some point. Impermanence still rules. However we should think about this question: what is your relationship to peace? Do you want to live in peace or do you want to live in violence? Which would you choose? One of the things we want to do according to my partner and co–Deep Listening teacher Ione is “make peace more exciting than violence.” That is the process we are attempting’.

(American Music, 2007)

We shall be performing some of Pauline’s works in the near future, and hope you will join us to remember her and her extraordinary vision – one which we could all benefit from in these uncertain times.

The Vocal Constructivists.