Pauline Oliveros, Lisa Dillan, Øyvind Storesund, Else Olsen S.: Botanikk

Pauline Oliveros, Lisa Dillan, Øyvind Storesund, Else Olsen S.: Botanikk

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About the quartet on the album “Botanikk”. Else Olsen S. met Pauline Oliveros through performative Ph.D. studies in The United States, where Oliveros was her mentor. The quartet Oliveros, Olsen S., Dillan and Storesund met during the Open Form Festival in Oslo in 2009, where this recording was made. Oliveros is considered one of the foremost contributors to experimental music. She has always been on the edge of the established music scene with her electronic and musical experiments. It is not surprising that these exact three Norwegian musicians have found their way to Oliveros. They have all established their work in the “gray area”. Their different paths have led them to the flora of free music: Øyvind Storesund´s musical starting point is in rock and heavy metal, Lisa Dillan started with jazz and Elvis, and Else Olsen S.’ pathway has been via conventional classical piano and contemporary music.

Botanikk (Botany) is a collection of different plants that have emerged in a wild and lush terrain. Each and one of the plants that share their names with a song, own a peculiar power, despite the fact that through flora history they´ve been classified as weeds. For example, Alchemilla, which every night emits a bit of its own liquid, which settles like a sparkling gem its green, spacious leaf. It is said that if you bathe in the dew of the Alchemilla, you will be forever young.