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Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros

August 29, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

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

– John Cage, 1989

Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) was an American composer, performer, teacher, philosopher, inventor, humanitarian and one of the first female pioneers in the development of post-war electronic art music. She was a master accordion player, mentor, a gateway to music and sound for non-musicians, and a technical innovator who helped develop everything – from tools that allow musicians to play together while in different countries to software that enables those with physical limitations to create beautiful music. She was a founding member and director of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros is a crucial conduit to pass along Pauline’s wisdom and illuminations. To those who encountered her, or are familiar with her work due to a knowledge of the avant-garde and contemporary American music, Pauline was an indisputable giant of the American arts. It can be easily argued, in fact, that there is no other post-war artist who contributed so much to the cultural landscape. Pauline can easily be elevated to elite status simply for her work as a composer. However, that barely scratches the surface of her contributions. In her unusually prolific six-decade career, Pauline made invaluable contributions as a groundbreaking improviser, multi-media guru, technological innovator, writer, teacher, mentor, philosopher, humanitarian and as an advocate for women and people with disabilities.

While Pauline has been widely recognized by a variety of institutions, it is the filmmaker’s hope that Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros, can broaden that recognition to the public as a whole. Perhaps, through Pauline, we can all learn to really listen.

This evening’s program will include introductory remarks by Justin Rhody and a screening of Deep Listening in the Cinema. A 30-minute experimental musical performance inspired by the work of Oliveros will follow after the film, featuring a quintet of local artists Luna Galassini, Gretchen Korsmo, Justin Rhody, Abigail Smith, and Cody Yantis.

Writer/Director/Editor: Daniel Weintraub
Features: Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, Morton Subotnik
Running Time: 1 hr. 57 min.


Note: Tickets are only $3.00 for EBT cardholders

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Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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