Recorded live at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, Berkeley, CA, November 2 & 3, 2002. The Space Between brings together the freedom of spontaneous improvisation with a number of diverse traditions and ideas, not the least of which is the legendary Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening concept. In the Cadence review of their 2001 debut, The Space Between with Barre Phillips, Frank Rubolino wrote, "As a unit, they speak in a broken tongue of rarified beauty that is demanding but fully rewarding." This release once again pairs this esoteric trio with a world-renowned bassist in Jöelle Léandre.
More than just an award-winning instrumentalist, Léandre is one of the few artists able to world premiere works by new music composers like John Cage, actively compose and premiere her own music on a world stage, and also collaborate with the best creative improvisers playing today.
Musicians: Pauline Oliveros (accordion), Philip Gelb (shakuhachi), Dana Reason (piano), Jöelle Léandre (bass)
"Liz’s Top 2003 (Experimental)" — Liz Copeland, WDET-FM Detroit
"Léandre sounds so comfortable it's as if she's been playing with the group for years." — Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic
"As the name of the trio might imply, Oliveros' music is interested in silence and space, and this is a musical world that is very congenial to Léandre. Again we have intriguing instrumentation, as Gelb plays a beautiful shakuhachi and Dana Reason's piano has been prepared to sound a bit tinny and brittle, at times even like a harpsichord. Oliveros, of course, plays accordion with the long tones and resonance we have come to expect from her. For this kind of music, this is an ensemble made in heaven. They create abstract and beautiful music constructed from little sounds, sometimes filled with nervous energy but more often with an expansive and atmospheric emptiness that can be captivating." — Philip McNally, Cadence