Pauline Oliveros Events

Deep Listening Workshop and Site Specific Performance

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:30pm
Location: Severance Green Lawn, Friends of Horticulture Greenhouse Visitor's Center Creighton Room

Pauline Oliveros: Deep Listening Workshop and Site Specific Performance

Pauline Oliveros: Deep Listening Workshop

Earth Day: Tuesday, April 22  |  12:30–1:30 PM  |  Hay Amphitheater (behind Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center) | Rain location: Multifaith Room, lower level of Houghton Chapel

There’s more to listening than meets the ear. Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive -- of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself.  It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth. Please bring your own lunch. 

Pauline Oliveros is a senior figure in contemporary American music. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.  


Pauline Oliveros: Site-Specific Performance

Tuesday, April 22  |  4:30–5:30 PM  |  Severance Green (across from the library)  |  Rain location: Ferguson Greenhouses, behind the Science Center

Pauline Oliveros will be performing site-specific improvised music on the accordion and electronics in Severance Green. This performance will activate the specific space on Wellesley campus and invite the audience to interact with the location by listening deeply to Oliveros' sonic offering, the surrounding environment, and to ourselves. Sweets and snacks will be available before and after the performance.