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Sunday 27 May 2018, 4–6pm, OTO Project Space


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This workshop is part of Contakt's 'Tribute to Pauline Oliveros'. Tickets for all events can be found here.

The ‘DEEP LISTENING' WORKSHOP (4pm) will be led by Viv Corringham, who has worked with oliveros and is certified to teach ‘deep listening’. This is open to musicians and non-musicians.

Can we listen differently to the sounds that compose our world? In this workshop heighten your awareness of the sonic environment - both external and internal - as well as your sense of experimentation, collaboration and playfulness.

Using Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening practices and Sonic Meditations we will focus on one of her recipe-like instruction “scores,” which we will present as a short structured improvisation at the evening concert.

This workshop is open to all with an interest in listening. No previous experience needed.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform the structured improvisation from the workshop in the evening concert.

Please note that places are limited to 15 participants and advance booking is essential – no tickets will be available on the door.

Curated by Contakt

Supported by PRS Foundation, Arts Council of England and Ambache Charitable Trust.

Pauline Oliveros

PAULINE OLIVEROS (1932 – 2016) was an American composer and accordionist. She was a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic music. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Centre in the 1960s, and served as its director. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Oliveros authored books, formulated new music theories, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of "deep listening" and "sonic awareness”. In 1988, as a result of descending 14 feet into an underground cistern to make a recording, Oliveros coined the term "deep listening”, a pun that has blossomed into an aesthetic based upon principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation. This aesthetic is designed to inspire both trained and untrained performers to practice the art of listening and responding to environmental conditions in solo and ensemble situations.


Viv Corringham

Viv Corringham (electric voice, sound recordings) is a New York based British singer. Her work includes performance, installations, radio and soundwalks. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum, 2015 resident artist at Harvestworks Media Arts, NYC and is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros. Her work has been presented in twenty two countries on five continents.

Since the 1980s she has been singing a wide range of music that includes free improvisation, Greek Rembetika and spontaneously created songs. She has also been recording soundscapes in the many countries her sound and installation work has taken her. These various elements find their way into her live performances.

She performs solo, in ad-hoc improvising groups and in fixed groups which include Monkey Puzzle Trio with (ex-This Heat) Charles Hayward, Seven Sisters of Smyrna, playing psychedelic Rembetika with Clive Bell and Sylvia Hallett,  Unusual Boulevard with Gianni Mimmo and Angelo Contini, and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens trio with Miguel Frasconi,

 “From cool Brion Gysin-esque wordplay to looped and multilayered operatic wails.” (The Wire)


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