Oliveros at 80

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Join us for a celebration of Pauline Oliveros’ 80th birthday, complete with Tibetan dungchen, didgerdoo, accordion, meditative percussion, and the Fort Worden Cistern—a two-million-gallon underground water tank made famous by Oliveros’ 1988 Deep Listening album and recreated by Jonas Braasch from Rensselaer’s Architectural Acoustics program. Presented in collaboration with the Rensselaer Arts Department, this event will benefit the Deep Listening Institute.

May 10 — Open Studio

During Local Lunch in the café, peek into the process of Pauline Oliveros and Jonas Braasch, who will be working on their Fort Worden Cistern simulation for an evening performance in the Concert Hall. FREE.

Program Info:

Land of Snows — by Brian Pertl
Musicians: Brian Pertl (Dung Chen Tibetan Horn), Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros (Conches); Monique Buzzarté, Peter Zummo, Jen Baker (Digjeridus); Cistern simulation technology by Jonas Braasch, Anne Guthrie, Sam Clapp.

From Now On — by Deep Listening Band (Oliveros/Dempster/Gamper)
Musicians: Deep Listening Band (Oliveros, Dempster) and guest artist Brian Pertl.

Returning — by Oliveros/Dempster
Musicians: Pauline Oliveros (Voice, Accordion) and Stuart Dempster (Trombone/Didjeridu).

The Single Stroke Roll Meditation — by Pauline Oliveros
Musicians: Ade Knowles and the Congeras and Richard Albagli with the Rensselaer Percussion Ensemble.

Exit Sliding — by Stuart Dempster
Musicians: Jennifer Baker, Monique Buzzarté, Stuart Dempster, and Peter Zummo (four trombones).

Argeo Ascani

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 1960s, 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 1960s, John Rockwell named her work Bye Bye Butterfly as one of the most significant of that decade. In the 70s she represented the US at the World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 80s she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The 1990s 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. 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.

Oliveros at 80
Concert Hall
May 10, 2012, 7:30PM
Pauline Oliveros: Open Studio
Concert Hall
May 10, 2012, 11:30AM

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA