Thursday, May 10, 2012

[HvEXAS] TONIGHT! Oliveros at 80 concert | Thurs. 05/10, 7:30 PM | FREE | EMPAC, Troy, NY

Pauline Oliveros: Oliveros at 80
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:30 PM
EMPAC Concert Hall
Troy, NY

Join us for a celebration of musician, composer, and Rensselaer Arts Department faculty member Pauline Oliveros on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Presented in collaboration with the Rensselaer Arts Department, this free concert will feature a reception with nine birthday cakes and the opportunity to support Oliveros' venerable Deep Listening Institute. Every member of the audience will receive a free copy of the hot-off-the-presses DVD with the video of the joint concert by Oliveros and Cecil Taylor at the opening festival of EMPAC in 2008.
One of the highlights of this concert is an acoustic simulation of the Fort Worden Cistern—a two-million-gallon underground water tank made famous by Oliveros' 1988 Deep Listening album and recreated by Jonas Braasch, professor in Rensselaer's Architectural Acoustics program. It will empower EMPAC's concert hall to sound like the cistern with its 45 seconds of reverberation. Guests are invited to listen to the process of tuning the concert hall in the afternoon from 11:30 AM to 2 PM as Jonas Braasch and Pauline Oliveros prepare for the evening performance.

Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer, and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' senses to the many facets of sound. Since the 1960s, she has profoundly influenced American music through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual. All of Oliveros' work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills. Many credit her with being the founder of present day meditative music, and she has been celebrated worldwide. Sounding the Margins, a forty-year retrospective, will be released soon in a six CD boxed set from Deep Listening.

Evelyn's Café will open at 6:30 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines - service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.

Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website: Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.

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