Zeitgeist Early Music Festival
Zeitgeist’s 9th Annual Early Music Festival explores the powerful contributions of our musical pioneers with a celebration of composer Pauline Oliveros. From the 1960s until her death in 2016, Oliveros influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.
Thursday, April 4
7:30 p.m. Vocal works by Oliveros:
Sound Patterns (for speaking chorus)
Sound Patterns and Tropes
Friday, April 5
7:30 p.m. The Well and the Gentle, Papericity, and Listening for Pauline and IONE, a new work by Viv Corringham in recognition of Oliveros
Saturday, April 6
3:30 p.m. Early Music Workshop: Deep Listening with Viv Corringham
5:30 p.m. Screening of Oliveros’s opera Io and Her and the Trouble with Him
7:30 p.m. The Earthworm Also Sings: A Deep Listening® Event
Sunday, April 7
2:00 p.m. Chamber music by Oliveros:
For Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation
Lullaby for Daisy Pauline
Six for New Time
Zeitgeist Early Music Workshops
Leading up to the festival, Zeitgeist will host four workshop sessions at Studio Z focusing on the work of composer Pauline Oliveros.
March 19, 6 p.m. Music of Pauline Oliveros
March 26, 6 p.m. Pauline Oliveros: Artist & Activist
April 2, 6 p.m. Deepening the Legacy
April 6, 3:30 p.m. Deep Listening® with Viv Corringham
Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) was a senior figure in contemporary American music. Her career spans fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the 1950s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, and poets gathered together in San Francisco. Awarded the 2012 John Cage award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros was Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Oliveros was as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones. Her primary instrument was the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approached in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Oliveros's life as a composer, performer and humanitarian was about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Since the 1960s, she influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Pauline Oliveros was the founder of "Deep Listening," which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electroacoustics. She described Deep Listening as "a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice." Oliveros founded the Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer.
Permissions for performances of Pauline Oliveros' music courtesy of The Pauline Oliveros Trust and The Ministry of Maåt, Member ASCAP
Viv Corringham is a British singer and sound artist, based in New York and active since the late 1970s. Her work includes concerts, soundwalks and multi-channel installations. She is interested in exploring people's sense of place and the link with personal history and memory. She has received many awards, including two McKnight Composer Fellowships through the American Composers Forum. She studied and worked with Pauline Oliveros for many years and holds a Certificate to teach Deep Listening®. She facilitates workshops in sounding and listening, most recently in Hong Kong, London, Bangalore, New York, Kolkata and Manila. Her music has received international recognition and been presented in twenty five countries on five continents. More info at vivcorringham.org
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