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Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer, and humanitarian, is a pioneer in American music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she has explored sound and forged new musical ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching, and meditation, she has created a body of work that profoundly effects listeners and defies conventional criticism. Oliveros has been honored with awards, grants, and concerts internationally. Whether performing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in an underground cavern, or in the studios of West German Radio, Oliveros’ commitment to interaction with the moment is unchanged. She can make the sound of a sweeping siren into another instrument of the ensemble. Through Deep Listening Pieces and the earlier Sonic Meditations, Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds into musical performance. In performance Oliveros uses a re-tuned accordion, which incorporates two different systems of just intonation, and electronics, which further alter the sound of the accordion and allow her to explore the individual characteristics of each room. Oliveros has built a loyal following through the concerts, recordings, publications, and musical compositions that she has written for soloists and ensembles in music, dance, theater, and the interarts. She has also served as the first director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, director of the Center for Music Experiment at the University of California, San Diego, and most recently, on the faculty at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She has also acted as an advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, and many private foundations. Oliveros has been vocal about the need for diversity and experimentation in the arts, about representing the needs of individual artists, and promoting cooperation and good will among people.

Pauline Oliveros/The Circle Trio:
New Work (2002)
Pauline Oliveros, accordion; India Cooke, violin; Karolyn van Putten, voice


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