The Center For Deep Listening

Day 21 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

DREAMING WITH GAIA, by Susanne olBrich

Susanne Olbrich is a pianist, music educator and mindfulness teacher living at Findhorn/Scotland. Equally fascinated by sounds and silence, her work explores the intersection of meditation and creative practice. Susanne was trained as a Zen teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh and loves offering meditation retreats with musical and creative themes. Recently, she researched “Mindfulness and Musical Creativity” in a Master’s thesis. She has released an album with original compositions, ‘Continuations’.

Day 20 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

BREAKPOINT BLUES, by Federea

This work is intended to be performed in a groupal way (in the broadest possible sense: from a duo to massive groups), in any social context and with people of any age, whether or not they are musicians. Likewise, its execution can be carried out in any imaginable spatial context. Adapted, different and unexpected versions are fervently encouraged. The piece has been made especially for the occasion, and is dedicated with all the love and gratitude to the great and unique Pauline Oliveros on her 90th birthday.

Federea is a composer, improviser and performer born in Argentina and based in Mexico City for several years. His work includes–from a personal and heterodox approach–music, sound art, performing arts and interdisciplinary projects in the fields of creation, research and pedagogy. He has been dedicated to these and other tasks for some time now, while trying to figure out what all this is about.

Day 19 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

 

Bells (walk as a herd), by Blanc Sceol (Stephen Shiell & Hannah White)

Blanc Sceol is artist duo Stephen Shiell and Hannah White. Their compositions, interventions and performances express their experience of place, anchored in landscape but re-imagined into new territory. They create encounters to connect materially and energetically to their surroundings. They are certified Deep Listening® practitioners and facilitate spaces to explore listening and sound making in public spaces. 

Day 18 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

 

THE SURFACE OF THE NIGHT, by Kevin Leomo

the surface of the night’ was written for KLANGRAUM in 2020, an annual concert series programmed by Antoine Beuger, held in Düsseldorf. This piece reflects my fascination with notions of silence and the way I think about sound. Performing this daily during KLANGRAUM with members of the Wandelweiser collective was a deeply formative experience for me.

Kevin is a Scottish-Filipino composer of experimental music, pursuing a PhD at the University of Glasgow. His work explores liminality, a space of in-betweenness, in cross-cultural practice as well as qualities of musical fragility, sound, and silence. Kevin’s works have been performed by The Hermes Experiment, Quartteto Maurice, Tacet(i) Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Trio Abstrakt, and Psappha Ensemble. His music has been performed at Sound Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Sound Thought, KLANGRAUM, imupls Festvial, and on BBC Radio 3.

Day 17 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

 

Ancestors, by Joseph Bohigian

Joseph Bohigian is a composer and performer whose cross-cultural experience as an Armenian-American is a defining message in his music. His work explores the expression of exile, cultural reunification, and identity maintenance in diaspora. Joseph’s works have been heard at the Oregon Bach Festival, June in Buffalo, Walt Disney Concert Hall, New Music on the Point Festival, TENOR Conference (Melbourne), and Aram Khachaturian Museum Hall.

Day 16 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

FLOATING DREAMS, by Róisín Adams

This piece aims to corroborate years of tradition that links breathing in unison to a common spiritual good amongst players and listeners alike. The music that comes from this improvised score is a plead and an expression of gratitude.

Hailed as “a master composer and improviser” by The North Shore News, Vancouver-based Róisín Adams’ visionary work combines ethereal, textured melodicism with an underpinning of intellectual rigor. An imaginative and immensely prolific composer, pianist, bandleader and educator, Adams is also an astute collaborator in a range of projects. Her work has been featured at the Silk Purse Jazz Waves Series, Queer Arts Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, Western Front, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Day 15 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

FLOATING DREAMS, by Dara Bramson, Feli Navarro, Jaime D Rojas Vargas

As a multimedia artist of infinite curiosity, Feli Navarro creates and explores across performance, sound and media art. With a background in audiovisual engineering and music technology, he expanded his artistic field of action receiving training as a performer and actor as well.

Dara Bramson is interested in peaceful encounters with the unknown. She explores the world through the lens of cultural anthropology as a multi-medium ethnographer.

Jaime D. Rojas is is interested in reframing our social, cultural geopolitical, cosmological, and ecological realities.

 

Day 14 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

THREE VIBRATIONS, by ASHLIN ARONIN

Ashlin Aronin is a Portland-based sound and software artist involved in virtual placemaking. Through a combination of the natural and synthetic, he explores affectivity under capitalism through a lens of ecology and the sacred. He creates interactive online experiences based around rituals that mimic and symbolize aspects of our daily lives. He also composes and performs music, using modular synthesizer and field recordings to construct evolving aural landscapes.

Day 13 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

The Shape of Sound, by Laurie Polster

This score is the initial section of longer score, “The Shape of Sound”, exploring how drawing sound affects the experience of listening and vocalizing. Visualizing sound working with both sides of the body to kinesthetically experience sound, becomes an avenue for deep listening. The full score continues with slowly vocalizing the sound you’ve focused on, listening with your entire body, and creating the shape with your voice for as long as possible, building it slowing and bringing it back down to quiet. I composed the full score while studying with Pauline and dedicate it to her.

Laurie Polster is a cross-disciplinary artist, vocalist/musician and composer. Her work in video, audio composition, installation, sculpture, performance, and text pieces reflects her focus on issues relating to culture, memory, and natural phenomenon. Her work is exhibited nationally and held in numerous public and private collections. She’s received grants, awards and residencies, including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and Artist Residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She holds an M.F.A. in Art from Massachusetts College of Art, and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College.

Day 12 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

Vegetable FISTS, bySissj Bassani

Sissj Bassani is an Italian dancer and choreographer. She moves between improvisation and choreographic writing, interested in the thresholds, moments of transition in which the action is both itself and its opposite. She works with choreography as a means of igniting spaces and creating conditions of movement, vision and listening, attracted by long durations. She loves pop culture and Internet phenomena.