DEEP LISTENING® AND SOUNDING INTENSIVE
‘IF IT HAS A SPIRITUAL COMPONENT, I’M VERY GLAD. IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE NOT LISTENING TO ONE ANOTHER THAT THINGS ARE IN A MESS.’ -PAULINE OLIVEROS, The NEW YORK TIMES
:: Deep Listening® :: a listening practice created by renowned composer Pauline Oliveros. Oliveros own intention of 'listening to everything it is possible to listen to all the time,' becomes embodied through the shared experience of listening and sounding the text scores of her Sonic Meditations and Deep Listening pieces.
:: sonic anatomy :: listening and sounding for well-being, with attention to the endocrine system on a vibratory level, speaks to the embodied harmony and authenticity to the spirit possible when sounding
:: listening meditation :: listening attention practices
:: Deep Listening circle :: singing to create form together as improvising composers, with only several spoken parametres, to be interpreted individually while listening to all.
:: global and focal listening:: like an involuntary breath towards peace
Individuals may experience a sense of wellbeing from this creative experience.
This practice can inspire interpretations in other modalities such as the the deeply listening body of Heloise Gold, and the dream work of Ione
The Certificate Program established by Pauline as an Online Portal will continue from the Center for Deep Listening at Renssaelar in NY.
I facilitate gathering to explore the sound and listening meditations of Pauline Oliveros called Deep Listening Pieces.
A long time DL associate of composer Pauline Oliveros, who I consider my friend, and a profound influence, I was one of the original six who travelled to the Rose Mountain Retreats, in Northern New Mexico during the last half of Oliveros ten year tenure, and received a Certificate to teach her Deep Listening materials. Compelled by Oliveros' listening practices and text scores as active/receptive techniques of composition, I have formed experiential groups to practice Deep Listening. I have presented Deep Listening Workshops at: Open Ears Festival, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, York University, the Tone Deaf Festival, for the Green Lift: Mood Walks Summit 2015, Girls Rock Camp 2017, Artscape Gibraltar Point with Christopher Willes, 2017, in the Dan School of Drama and Music, Queens University, 2017 and at the Obey Convention in association with the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia.
Upcoming in Toronto, I will join sound artist and dramaturge Christopher Willes in residency curated by Xenia Benivolski and Su-Ying Lee of Feminist Art Museum, withinthe Gardiner Museum. We will practice Deep Listening with a group of performers in development with Christopher Willes for a remount of the Pauline Oliveros piece "For Valerie Solonas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation," Produced by Public Recordings.
I am honoured to be asked on Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Summer Music 2017, by Claire Chase to facilitate Deep Listening in the Music department, and improvisational composition in the Creativity, Collective Composition Lab for Composers, Choreographers and Dancers.
In my experience, I carry the score for Primordial/Lift, a unique composition of Oliveros’ that offers mandala and text description of complex listening that directs attention to the resonant frequency of the earth from an inner sonic anatomy. Our premier was at Hallwalls in Buffalo NY, 1998, released on Table of the Elements. We later remounted at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn NY, recorded for TAIGA records, 2010. And finally a resounding performance at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn NY, for Ten Years Alive on the Inifinite Plain, 2013. At the NY conference on the Art and Science of Deep Listening, at EMPAC, 2014, I presented on Primordial/Lift and Sonic Anatomy.
Deep Listening colleague and musical collaborator Doug Van Nort was the first Director of the Deep Listening conference at EMPAC 2013. Doug now holds a Canada Research Chair at York University, in Toronto, is founder of the DisPerSion Lab and Director of Sensorium.
In the month preceding Pauline's unexpected passing in November 2016, we were privileged to gather in Toronto for a remarkable quartet performance with Pauline Oliveros, myself, Doug Van Nort, and Ione at the Music Gallery XAvant 2016. We had a beautiful Deep Listening Circle in the Courtyard the following morning, where the intention to create sanctuary for Deep Listening was established and will continue in the coming season at the Music Gallery.
After Pauline's passing there have been an extraordinary number of testimonials, speaking to the radiant love and relationship Pauline was engaged in all over the world and beyond, through her presence of listening. For the Park Avenue Armory Memorial January 2017, hosted by Ione with Claire Chase and Ross Karre of ICE, (International Contemporary Ensemble,) I offered to lead the Tuning Meditation in memory love and gratitude of Pauline. The sound of the Tuning Meditation in the architecture of the Armory, with the tone of the day of love and gratitude, sorrow and the joy of life force, is a sound I will never forget.