‘Deep Listening: a gesture for sonic peace’

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pauline Oliveros, a composer and musical visionary who has been close to the Vocal Constructivists’ development and influenced our thinking and musical life in so many ways. Pauline’s compositions and her wisdom have inspired us to work more closely as an ensemble and her personal input has been invaluable. We were honored to work with her as recently as June 2016. In Pauline’s own words:

‘Dying will happen to all of us at some point. Impermanence still rules. However we should think about this question: what is your relationship to peace? Do you want to live in peace or do you want to live in violence? Which would you choose? One of the things we want to do according to my partner and co–Deep Listening teacher Ione is “make peace more exciting than violence.” That is the process we are attempting’.

(American Music, 2007)

We shall be performing some of Pauline’s works in the near future, and hope you will join us to remember her and her extraordinary vision – one which we could all benefit from in these uncertain times.

The Vocal Constructivists.

Call for Graphic Scores


The Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival and experimental chamber choir the Vocal Constructivists are jointly issuing a CALL FOR GRAPHIC SCORES to composers, artists, graphic designers – and anyone else who feels creative.

The winning entry will be performed by the Vocal Constructivists in their concert as part of this year’s Festival at St. Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington on 5th December. The winner and selected others may also be exhibited at the concert venue on the night.

The Constructivists’ concert takes the centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s Eight Red Rectangles as the starting point for a fascinating journey through contemporary Polish scores incorporating graphics and text instructions, tightroping the intersection of a cappella vocal performance and live art.

Scores might or might not respond to this context, but we welcome a variety of approaches to the graphic score medium. Send scanned or photographed scores to sncontemporarymusic@gmail.com.

Deadline: Sunday 1st November 2015.