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Pauline Oliveros, 80th Birthday Celebration

“Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is….It’s about the pleasure of making music.” — John Cage, 1989

The Cornell Department of Music with generous support from the Cornell Council for the Arts and the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center presents an 80th Birthday Celebration with visiting composer and performer Pauline Oliveros, March 14th – 16th 2012. The event consist of a public interview with Cornell music faculty member Benjamin Piekut, a Deep Listening* workshop with Oliveros, a concert shared with the Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE), and a formal talk and discussion session. See the schedule below for complete details.

Schedule of Events

March 14th:

1:30 pm Welcome interview with Assistant Professor of Music Benjamin Piekut @ Lincoln Hall B20

– This event will be preceded by an informal luncheon beginning at 1pm

March 15th:

12 noonDeep Listening* Workshop @ The Johnson Museum of Art (6th Floor panoramic conference room)

8 pm Concert @ The Johnson Museum of Art (new wing)

– First half, Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble; Second half, Pauline Oliveros

March 16th:

1:30 pm – Composers’ Forum talk and discussion @ Cox Music Library Seminar room 316, Lincoln Hall

What is Deep Listening (from the Deep Listening Institute)?*

“Deep Listening® is a philosophy and practice developed by Pauline Oliveros that distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. The result of the practice cultivates appreciation of sounds on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one’s environment, technology and performance with others in music and related arts.

The practice of Deep Listening provides a framework for artistic collaboration and musical improvisation and gives composers, performers, artists of other disciplines, and audiences new tools to explore and interact with environmental and instrumental sounds.”

Biography: Pauline Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer, and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ senses to the many facets of sound. Since the 1960’s, she has profoundly influenced American music through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual. Many credit her with being the founder of present day meditative music. All of Oliveros’ work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills.

She has been celebrated worldwide. During the 1960’s, John Rockwell named her work Bye Bye Butterfly as one of the most significant of that decade. In the 70’s she represented the US at the World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 80’s she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The 1990’s began with a letter of distinction from the American Music Center presented at Lincoln Center in New York, and in 2000 the 50th anniversary of her work was celebrated with the commissioning and performance of her Lunar Opera: Deep Listening For_tunes. The Foundation for Contemporary Arts recently named Oliveros the winner of the John Cage Award for 2012, a prize made biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts for work that reflects the spirit of John Cage. Oliveros is currently a Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Oliveros’ work is available on numerous recordings produced by companies internationally. Sounding the Margins—a forty-year retrospective, will be released soon in a six CD boxed set from Deep Listening.

Johnson Museum of Art, location of March 15th Deep Listening workshop and Concert

Event sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts: