Deep Listening Into Sounding

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Event Title: Deep Listening Into Sounding
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Price: $(FREE)
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  • A Deep Listening Workshop with Tina Pearson
  • Canadian Music Centre (20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto)*
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 2 - 5 pm
  • Free 

Space is limited, and advanced registration is encouraged!

DEEP LISTENING is a philosophy and practice developed by pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros (1932 - 2016) to explore the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself.

Deep Listening Workshops are portals to creativity that cultivate appreciation of sound, silence and “sounding” on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one’s environment, technology and others in music, related arts, and everyday life. They are known to strengthen connections with oneself, one’s practice and with others, through sounding and listening deeply. Deep Listening is for anyone interested in creativity, wellbeing, relaxation, excitement and connection with their immediate environment.

This three-hour Deep Listening workshop at the Canadian Music Centre will focus on the delicate relationship between attentive listening and authentic sounding through Deep Listening exercises and group performance of one or more of Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations and text scores. It will include an open discussion of Oliveros’ philosophy of artistic practice, and might provide insight and reflection about artistic contexts and relationships in these times of provocative change. 

Everyone is welcome – no musical experience is necessary.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a small blanket, towel or mat to sit on. 

Musicians are also invited to bring an acoustic instrument, but instruments are not necessary for participation.

TINA PEARSON studied and worked with Pauline Oliveros for many years, and holds a Certificate in Deep Listening practice. Pearson interviewed Oliveros and published Oliveros’ articles and scores while she was editor of Musicworks, taught Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations at OCAD University while an instructor in Sound Studies there, curated the presentation of many Oliveros solo and group works, and was a guest lecturer in Oliveros’ Mills College composition courses for six years. Pearson also created and performed with Oliveros as part of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse. Pearson composes and performs in acoustic, electronic and telematic settings with voice, flute, accordion and virtual instruments. Her music has been commissioned for performances, installations and broadcasts in Europe and North America. 

“Tina will take you to the hEARt of sounding.” – Pauline Oliveros

*The CMC is fully accesssible through a street level entrance. The CMC has gender neutral washrooms. Please contact if you have questions regarding accessibility.

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