II.4: Ghost Ensemble
Ghost Ensemble presents an evening of music that reaches toward sensual experience and the possibility of transcendence. The ensemble is guided by a philosophy of intuition and experiential wholeness, focusing on music that excites imagination and inspiration. Ghost Ensemble’s inaugural event will feature chamber and solo works by Pauline Oliveros, Giacinto Scelsi, Gerard Grisey, and David Bird, alongside works by Ghost musicians Joshua Morris and Somna M Bulist and a world premiere for the full ensemble by ensemble director Ben Richter.
Pauline Oliveros The Extreme Slow Song
Giacinto Scelsi Hyxos (1955)
Gerard Grisey Prologue (1976)
David Bird Squeem (2011)
Somna M Bulist I Lay My Heart Open To The Benign Indifference Of The Universe (2012)
Joshua Morris Duet for Doublebass and Doublebassist
Ben Richter Healing Ghost (2012)
The Extreme Slow Song
Somna M Bulist:
I Lay My Heart Open to the Benign Indifference of the Universe
Duet for Doublebass and Doublebassist
Ben Richter is a composer, accordionist, and director of Ghost Ensemble. In his music, sound worlds of constant transformation emerge from shifting timbre gradients and microtonal fluctuations, exploring alternative modes of time perception. Wind People, “a massive drone of lapidary detail” that “thrums, throbs, and glides with surging and ebbing density” (Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily), was featured on Ghost Ensemble’s LP We Who Walk Again (2018, Indexical). As an accordionist, Ben has explored the microtonal potential of the instrument through collaborations with Pauline Oliveros and Phill Niblock; his immersive just-intonation accordion album Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean (2017, Infrequent Seams) was hailed by Stephen Smoliar as “likely to offer a profound impact on the very nature of listening.”
Since its founding in 2012, Ghost Ensemble has dedicated itself to long-term study of experimental music with a focus on new perceptual perspectives that explore the experience of listening. The group has extensively explored the Deep Listening philosophy of Pauline Oliveros, collaborating with the composer to inaugurate the release of her Anthology of Text Scores at Eyebeam in 2013, and has previously premiered new works written for the ensemble by John Rot, Leonie Roessler, Kyle Gann, Lucie Vítkova, Sky Macklay, and Somna M Bulist. Ghost Ensemble’s performance techniques realize fragile, liminal sounds, produced by virtuosic performers who are experts on their instruments. These practices can only be realized through long-term collaborations between composers and performers. Tax-deductible donations to Ghost Ensemble’s commissioning project support a crucial stage of this long-term relationship between composers and performers, and help to shape its future.