Pauline Oliveros

Foundation for Contemporary Arts The John Cage Award

Artist's statement: "As a musician, I am interested in the sensual nature of sound, its power of synchronization, coordination, release and change. Hearing represents the primary sense organ - hearing happens involuntarily. Listening is a voluntary process that through training and experience produces culture. All cultures develop through ways of listening. Deep Listening® is 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, or one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening represents a heightened state of awareness and connects to all that there is. As a composer I make my music through Deep Listening."

Bio Pauline Oliveros (1932) is widely recognized as one of America's most important composers of the 20th century. A leader of the avant-garde and a pioneer of improvisatory music, alternate tuning systems, contemporary accordion playing, electronics and multi-media events, Oliveros continues to be a vital force through continuing performances, and through Deep Listening®, a lifetime practice fundamental to her work.

She has been celebrated worldwide. During the 1960's John Rockwell named her work Bye Bye Butterfly as one of the most significant of that decade. In the 70's she represented the U.S. at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 80's she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and the 1990's began with a letter of distinction from the American Music Center presented at Lincoln Center in New York.

Since 2000 the 50th anniversary of her work was celebrated at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors with the performance of her Lunar Opera: Deep Listening For_tunes and in San Francisco with Sounding the Margins: a forty year retrospective.

Oliveros received the Resounding Vision Award for Life Time Achievement from Nameless Sound in Houston TX, April 2007. Moat recently she received an honorary membership in the Society for American Music and an honorary Doctor of Music from Mills College, an honorary Doctor of Arts from DeMontfort University in the UK and the William Schuman award for lifetime achievement from Columbia University

Oliveros' work is available on numerous recordings produced by companies internationally. Current research interests include Adaptive Use Musical Instruments for the Physically Challenged and Experimental Telepresence for performance and teaching. The National Science Foundation CreativeIT and the RPI Office of Research fund her work. She is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY, Darius Milhaud Artist-in-residence at Mills College, Oakland CA and executive director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. in Kingston NY http://