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Pauline Oliveros at the Jewish Museum

Pauline Oliveros at the Jewish Museum
Thursday, November 10
7:30 – 9 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Accompanying Take Me (I’m Yours), the composer performs The Sound of Meditation on V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. The concert blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music through Deep Listening, which Pauline describes as „exploring the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive – of listening.“

Since the 1960s Pauline Oliveros has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. She is the recipient of the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, and serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. She has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones—her primary instrument is the accordion, perhaps an unexpected visitor to the musical cutting edge.

Listen to „Deep Hockets“ by Pauline Oliveros and the Deep Listening Band.

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Watch an interview with Pauline Oliveros :

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Members


Bang on a Can continues our on-going partnership with the Jewish Museum on November 10 and we are thrilled to present the unstoppable composer/performer Pauline Oliveros alongside the exhibit Take Me (I’m Yours). Oliveros will perform The Sound of Meditation on her V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. The concert blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music through Deep Listening, which Pauline describes as „exploring the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive – of listening.“

Oliveros is a long-time collaborator and mentor to all of us at Bang on a Can. She’s repeatedly performed on the Bang on a Can Marathon during our 30-year run and she led the way for all kinds of music – noise, drone, ambient, and more.

At 84 years young, she continues to pioneer new ideas, new sounds, and is certainly someone who’s place in history is assured.

Check out this short video about Pauline and her music from KQED in San Francisco!
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