The Center For Deep Listening

Day 259 of A Year of Deep Listening

GROCERY LIST, by Ellen Denham

I wrote this score for the Daily Deep Listening sessions hosted by Fifth House Ensemble on Zoom in summer of 2020, when we were all isolated due to the pandemic. This score was performed on June 17, 2020.

Ellen Denham teaches voice and directs the opera program at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She has been interested in Deep Listening since studying the work of Pauline Oliveros while working on her doctoral thesis, “Improvisation as a Generative Tool for New Opera: An Exploration of Methods and Parameters.” During much of 2020, she participated in daily Deep Listening sessions on Zoom with members of Fifth House Ensemble.

Day 258 of A Year of Deep Listening

EIGHT VOICES, by Greg Niewsma

Greg Nieuwsma is an American living in Krakow, Poland. Nominally a guitarist, he dabbles in any musical instrument he can get his hands on, and even tries to squeeze music out of non-instruments.

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A native of Seoul, Korea, oboist Grace Hong enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She performed with the Chicago Symphony for their 2008 European tour under maestro Bernard Haitink, and many other concerts including two CSO resound recordings: Mahler symphony no.6 and Grammy Award-winning Shostakovich Symphony no.4, and Beyond the Score programs. Grace is a dedicated educator, currently serving on the faculty at the New Music School and has a private studio in Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and beautiful daughters, JiYoo and SeoEe.

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Joel Rust is a composer and sound artist, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University. His main ongoing project is The Conifers, a sci-fi chamber opera about the meaning of family and home in a time of environmental crisis, developed with poet David Troupes. He recently completed a PhD at NYU which investigated Edgard Varèse’s works in the context of the New York City soundscape, and his works feature on recordings by Discantus, The Hermes Experiment, and the Choir of King’s College, London.

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DREAM SCENE, by David Samas

David Samas is a queer, SF native polymath composer, conceptual artist, wilderness advocate, poet, and wizard working in the grey areas between science, magic and art. His work has been seen in most major Bay Area museums, and concert halls. He is director of Pet the Tiger, an instrument inventors collective and directs the Window Gallery for invented instruments at the Center for New Music SF. He was curator of the Meridian Gallery’s Composers in Performance Series and six seasons at the Turquoise Yantra Grotto.

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CONTEMPLATION I, by Rodrigo Barriga

An exercise in listening and a contemplation of self and space.

Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer and performer. His work explores group relationship and communication through the use of openness and guided improvisation. His compositions include works for chamber instruments, alternative instruments such as electric guitars, and open instrumentation scores for improvisers. As a performer and improviser, his playing explores extended techniques on his main instrument, bass guitar. Active in the Bay Area experimental scene, he performs solo and with his own ensemble, the Rodrigo Barriga Quartet.

Day 253 of A Year of Deep Listening


LOVE THE OTHER SIDE, by Missa Coffman for Farmhouse Art Collective

missa coffman is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates the use of language, performance, and 2-dimensional media.
her works have been featured at the buffalo and montreal infringement festivals, art in odd places nyc, and {re}happening at the historic site of black mountain college. she received a bfa from the university of houston, an mfa from indiana university, and taught for several years at central michigan university. in 2012, she cofounded farmhouse art collective, a divergent group of artists and thinkers with an interest in collapsing the barriers between art and life.

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DIALOGUE OF DOG, by Clare Archibald

My score is one led by the duality of loving a dog and the shared daily rhythms whilst accepting that one day the sounds of these will be memories. It is designed to be played either with real instruments or a DAW and as a space of imagination and experimentation that requires feeling more than skill. Everyday sounds predominantly made using everyday dog related objects from my shared rhythm.

I am a Scottish writer working with text, sound, image and materials. Widely published, I have read, exhibited, installed and performed work at literary and arts festivals, galleries, car parks and woods. I have collaborated with a range of writers, artists, musicians and the wider, international public and am especially interested in ideas and feelings relating to articulation, place, movement, transformation and what of the private we make public and why. My collaborative project, Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness, explores aloneness, darkness and wilderness. I believe in stuff.

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INSTRUCTION NO. 9, by Dorinda Kealoha

BE THE SEA is a project commissioned by Sea AIR, part of SeaScapes Co/Lab the creative engagement project for SeaScapes: Tyne to Tees Shores to Seas that asks: how we can become more capable of living with and not just on the coast – in ways that are mutually sustainable with fellow human and non-human beings? BE THE SEA is a collaboration between artist Louise Mackenzie, composer Hayley Jenkins, Durham Wildlife Trust and a growing community of BE THE SEA participants. Scores developed are co-created by the participants of the BE THE SEA project.

BE THE SEA is a collaboration between artist Louise Mackenzie, composer Hayley Jenkins, Durham Wildlife Trust and a growing community of participants based along the coast between the rivers Tyne and Tees in the North East of England, UK. BE THE SEA foregrounds listening strategies to ask how we can live with the coast in ways that are mutually sustainable.