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Deep Listening Band

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Pauline Oliveros, like her more famous soul mate John Cage, is one of those all-around artists who change our ideas about music and performance. For Oliveros and her group of collaborators, the Deep Listening Band, music--or rather assemblages of sounds--should be but one aspect of an aesthetic experience. She constructs her scenarios, which always invite audience participation, from theatrical props, spoken words, film clips, prepared audiotape, and other assorted and sometimes ad hoc ingredients. Quite often the band improvises, guided by her belief in meditation, to reach a beatitude of sorts. Characteristically, the sounds created by Oliveros and her band--relying on an expanded accordion and an electronic system--drone and linger, lullingly but with piquancy. Until recently, Oliveros was the head of a center for experimental music at the University of California at San Diego, where she founded a collective of women musicians and dancers. Still a promoter of women artists, Oliveros has just completed the sound track for a documentary on Annie Sprinkle, the provocative porn-star-turned-performance-artist. Among the pieces scheduled for this concert are Inside Outside by Oliveros and Deep Time by her disciple Fritz Hauser. Tuesday, 5 PM, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; 443-3771 or 747-4130.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Gisela Gamper.

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