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OLIVEROS, PAULINE / DAVID ROTHENBERG / TIMOTHY HILL - Cicada Dream Band

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Gruenrekorder GRUEN 149
Release Year: 2014
Note: this trio with the project name CICADA DREAM BAND was built in 2013 & performed various times when certain 'periodical cicadas' arrived back in millions to the New York area after 17 years again => overtune singing, 'prepared' clarinet & digital accordion form electroacoustially enhanced instrumental improvisations as a kind of "modern ode" to these beautiful insects..
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"Flames will destroy everything
at the end of the universe.
It may already be destroyed.

A cold cricket cries in the pile of wet leaves.
He wanders back and forth, unable to get past regret.

Go along with it
Stumble in rain,
Walk on alone.
At the end of the trail is a warm cabin with a single fire.
There you may dry out those lonely years.

Case 29, The Blue Cliff Record

2013 marked the arrival of millions of periodical cicadas to the New York Metropolitan area. These musical insects appear only once every seventeen years. On the occasion of this auspicious event, David Rothenberg performed a series of concerts together with composer and deep listener Pauline Oliveros, overtone singer Timothy Hill, and live singing insects brought in from the trees. The ensemble of digital accordion, clarinets with electronically enhanced nature sounds, and harmonic singing is certainly a trio unlike anything heard before. Even Pauline, with eighty-two years of music making, confessed she had not heard anything like it. The ensemble headed to the famous Dreamland Studios just outside of Woodstock to commit three and a half hours of music to digital memory. For the album they picked their favorite 64 minutes and 32 seconds. Jolle Landre said I love this trio, its wonderful, special! "[label info]

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"Last year Gruenrekorder released the album Bug Music by David Rothenberg. He has a love for the rhythms produced by birds, insects, etc and made a record based on these rhythms coming from nature, joined of vocalist Timothy Hill and guitarist Robert Jrgendal. The album by the Cicada Dream Band is a sort of a next step. The band combines the talents of Pauline Oliveros (V-Accordion), David Rothenberg (bass clarinet, clarinet, iPad, creatures) and Timothy Hill (voice). They made their recordings in august 2013 in New York. 2013 marked the arrival of millions of periodical cicadas to the New York Metropolitan area. These musical insects appear only once every seventeen years. On the occasion of this auspicious event, David Rothenberg performed a series of concerts together with composer and deep listener Pauline Oliveros, overtone singer Timothy Hill, and live singing insects brought in from the trees. That is how it started. It inspired the three for long extended
dialogues with these natural sounds, and about an hour of this material is selected for this album. Although I like their improvisations, their way of combining it with animal sounds did not really do it for me. Although...this last sentence I wrote after one or two listening, but now that Im listening again it begins to reveal its beauty. Like the beautiful lines they play along the whistling of an European blackbird in Room at the Inn. The music becomes more and more ne and intriguing after repeated listening. Besides the vocals by Timothy Hill fascinate and inspire. He is a new voice for me. He worked with a variety of artists like John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Madan Gopal Singh, and not to forget David Hykes. Okay, Im pretty much in favour of the dreams of Rothenberg." [DM/Vital Weekly]