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An Evening of New Works by Pauline Oliveros, Troy Herion, Paula Diehl, Dustin Hurt and Paul Pinto
Sound Exchange 2007
SoundExchange, presented by the American Composers Forum <http://www.composersforum.org/>, Philadelphia Chapter, and Ars Nova Workshop is an annual event designed to bring leading composers representing the most influential and distinct stylistic schools to Philadelphia with the purpose of presenting new work and conducting artist workshops with local composers and performers. This year, SoundExchange has selected the composer/master improviser Pauline Oliveros and her Deep Listening Band to hand-select a Philadelphia-based ensemble as well as four local composers. This SoundExchange Ensemble will develop a specific practice through a series of workshops with Oliveros and her unique theories and approaches to performance.
SoundExchange programs feature the work of a master artist along side Philadelphia's brightest emerging artists and seasoned musicians. Performing together exclusively for this engagement will be a Philadelphia electro-acoustic ensemble that will present four new experimental compositions plus a piece by Pauline Oliveros.
Since the 1960s Pauline Oliveros (b. 1932) has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. She has been celebrated worldwide, and many credit her as the founder of present day meditative music. One of the original members of the Tape Music Center at Mills College (along with Morton Subotnick and Terry Riley), her outstanding body of work includes collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Sonic Youth, Roscoe Mitchell and Alvin Curran, among many others.
Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the many facets of sound. 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 1970s she represented the United States at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 1980s she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
The 1990s began with a letter of distinction from the American Music Center presented at Lincoln Center in New York. 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, and John Cage had the following to say: "Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening I finally know what harmony is...It's about the pleasure of making music."
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.