A few months before Pauline Oliveros passed away (November 2016), Edu Comelles commisioned a concert by accordionist Isabelle Latorre meant to be a free musical interpretation of Oliverosâ€™ â€˜Deep Listeningâ€˜ theories. The
Latorreâ€™s performance takes up side A of this cassette release on CrÃ³nica. Itâ€™s a single 22 minute piece that starts with quiet prolonged notes but slowly builds up to an emotional climax and then slowly releases its grip again. Not often you will hear the accordion played this way â€“ unless you are already familiar with Oliverosâ€™ work, of course.
For La Isla Plana, the second piece on this cassette, Edu Comelles sampled Isabelâ€™s instrument and arranged the samples into a completely different composition. He connects the recorded samples using a Shruti Box to create a background drone La Isla Plana sounds organic (because of its sound sources) and detached at the same time.
A very honest, heartfelt tribute to a legendary artist, who taught us the art of â€˜deep listeningâ€™. Peter van Cooten