Pauline Oliveros, an extraordinary American composer, improviser, and teacher whose live and worked touched countless admirers, followers, and students, passed away on November 24, 2016, at her home in Kingston, NY. Today, on what would have been her 86th birthday, National Sawdust Log has the privilege of sharing a new video featuring an Oliveros performance with bassist James Ilgenfritz.
Their duet, “Altamirage,” comes from an upcoming release of the same name, to be issued this August on the Infrequent Seams label. The video was created in collaboration with visual artist Yuri Zupançic.
Asked to elaborate on the album’s origin and his connection with Oliveros, Ilgenfritz provided the following details:
“Pauline and I met almost 15 years ago, but we got to know each other better when she stayed with me for a week in La Jolla to present her telematic music at Siggraph in 2007. Our duets were recorded a couple years later when I visited her in Kingston.
“For a while I would make trips to the Deep Listening Space for New Years Day dreamreadings with Ione; it was around then that Pauline and I did the duets, and when we started discussing me playing her Trio for Trumpet, Accordion, and String Bass from 1959-60, which Anagram Ensemble played at Roulette on the Interpretations series in 2012.
“Pauline and Ione came down for that concert, and she then suggested I also play her Outline for Flute, Percussion, and Bass, which Anagram Ensemble (with Martha Cargo and Chris Nappi) played at the Stone in 2015.
“We recorded it a year later, after we did a second performance for the ICE memorial for Pauline at the Armory. Around that time Anagram also made a studio recording of the trumpet/accordion piece (with Stephanie Richards and Nathan Koci), and those two trios from the ’60s and the duets from 2010 or so make up the album Altamirage, which will come out in August.”
Altamirage will include the performance featured in the video, plus three additional duo performances and the trio recordings Ilgenfritz mentions. The album, mastered by Philip White, will be issued in August on Infrequent Seams.