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THE VOCAL CONSTRUCTIVISTS

THE VOCAL CONSTRUCTIVISTS are a dynamic ensemble specialising in the performance of text and graphic scores, alongside works that extend ‘traditional’ notation. The group was formed by Jane Alden in 2011 and was the first ensemble to perform an all-vocal version of Cornelius Cardew’s epic Treatise (1964-67). Coming from diverse backgrounds including classical music, punk, dance, mime and noise art, and with an age range of 18-78, the group draws on a variety of artistic influences to create programmes that reflect their shared interests in experimental music from the UK, the US, and Poland. In their short history, the group have commissioned and premiered twenty works, establishing themselves as an important force in new music-making. Their CD Walking Still is available on the Innova label (#898). As one of the few British ensembles that worked closely with Oliveros, the Vocal Constructivists pay tribute to this radical pioneer, to encourage listeners to continue her work, listening more deeply.