Pauline Oliveros

Kingston NY

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Pauline Oliveros (1932) is a composer and improviser who performs extensively locally and in many parts of the world in a variety of venues. Her music is performed widely as well by many notable musicians and ensembles. Her works are recorded and available through download sites, cassette, CD, DVD, and Vinyl releases. Recent compositions include Concerto for Bass Drum and Ensemble commissioned by International Contemporary Ensemble and performed at Lincoln Center in August 2013. Tower Ring 2011 commissioned by the Oliver Ranch Foundation for Ann Hamilton’s Tower situated at the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville California. Oliveros plays a Titano acoustic accordion and the Roland V Accordion in her solo and ensemble improvisations.
In 2009 Oliveros was honored with the William Schuman lifetime achievement award presented by Columbia University along with a three-hour retrospective of her music at the Miller Theater in New York in 2010. Foundation for Contemporary Arts presented Oliveros with the 2012 John Cage Award at Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation in New York March 19. She received the GigaHertz Award from ZKM in Karlsruhe 2012.
Oliveros is the founder of the Deep Listening®. Through her Deep Listening practice she has facilitated numerous workshops and intensives throughout the world leading to collaborations across many disciplines. Deep Listening: Art/Science an international conference produced by DLI was held at EMPAC RPI July 12-14 2013 with 75 presentations and 110 registrations. She has created Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) to enable artists with disabilities to improvise music. For more information see and

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  1. Capone Productions
  2. Michael Century
  3. Deep Listening Institute

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