Arts Professor Pauline Oliveros’ “The Nubians Word for Flowers” receives terrific review in LA Times

Arts Professor Pauline Oliveros’ “The Nubians Word for Flowers” receives terrific review in LA Times

Date posted: 2013-06-04 11:00:51

“Oliveros, a pioneer in electronic music and a practitioner in what she has termed "deep listening," goes deep in "The Nubian Word." The concept, story and texts are by Ione, who examines the colonial mind through a mystical vision of British Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, who mapped the Middle East at the end of the 19th century. We encounter him on a Nubian island. Oliveros begins with an extraordinary cosmic electronic soundscape, traveling aurally from outer space to desert, ocean and meadow, where each flower finds its own electromagnetic field. An instrumental ensemble improvises subtly around and inside the electronics, while four singers provide the surface drama. "Remember," one says, "Heaven in your language is not the same as in mine." Oliveros' musical language, formed over a long lifetime of deep listening, is not the same as anyone else's. Here it is distilled in the vastness and fearless intensity of tone.”  -Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-industry-first-take-20130603,0,1677455.story

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