Pauline Oliveros
Principal Investigator and Coordinator of AUMI

Executive Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.

Pauline Oliveros (1932) has influenced American music extensively in her career spanning more than 60 years as a composer, performer, author and philosopher. She pioneered the concept of Deep Listening, her practice based upon principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation, designed to inspire both trained and untrained musicians to practice the art of listening and responding to environmental conditions in solo and ensemble situations. During the mid-'60s she served as the first director of the Tape Music Center at Mills College, aka Center for Contemporary Music followed by 14-years as Professor of Music and 3 years as Director of the Center for Music Experiment at the University of California at San Diego. Since 2001 she has served as Distinguished Research Professor of Music  in the Arts department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where she is engaged in research on a National Science Foundation CreativeIT project. Her research interests include improvisation, special needs interfaces and telepresence teaching and performing. She also serves as  Darius Milhaud Composer in Residence at Mills College doing telepresence teaching and she is  executive director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. where she leads projects in Deep Listening, Adaptive Use Interface. She is the recipient of the 2009 William Schuman Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement.  A retrospective from 1960 to 2010 was performed at Miller Theater, Columbia University in New York March 27, 2010 in conjunction with the Schuman award. She received a third honorary degree from DeMontort University, Leicester, UK July 23, 2010. Recent recordings include Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masoka and Pauine Oliveros & Chris Brown on Deep Listening, Then & Now & Now & Then: Celebrating Twenty Years, Deep Listening Band, double vinyl album, Taiga Records, 2008; Drifting Depths, vinyl release Important Records 2008, Timeless Pulse Trio, vinyl release Taiga Records 2010.

Leaf Miller
Principal contributor of ideas for the AUMI designers and programmers
AUMI Trainer
Liaison with Abilities First, Inc.
Occupational Therapist/Drummer/Educator

Leaf Miller is a professional musician, teacher and instrument builder, playing drums and percussion in the World Music Tradition for over 35 years. She is the musical director of Women Who Drum, a multi-media project dedicated to women’s world drumming traditions. Leaf has been an occupational therapist since 1988. In her work with children with special needs, she strives to incorporate the healing benefits of drumming with her clinical training in human movement and development. She is currently collaborating with Pauline Oliveros and the Deep Listening Institute on the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) Project, with the goal of developing and providing alternative musical instruments for people with physical challenges. Leaf is also on the faculty of Potential Unlimited, a music, dance, and performing arts organization for artists with developmental disabilities. 


Gillian Siddall
Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project (ICASP)
ICASP - Gender and the Body Adaptive Use team

Dr. Gillian Siddall is the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She is also an Associate Professor in English.  Her publications include “‘That is what I told Dr. Jordan’: Public Constructions and Private Disruptions in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace,” Essays on Canadian Writing; "I want to live in that music’: Blues, Bessie Smith and Improvised Identities" in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation; and “Nice Work if You Can Get It: Women in Jazz” (co-authored with Ajay Heble), Landing on the Wrong Note: Jazz, Dissonance and Critical Practice. Dr. Siddall has been a co-researcher in several collaborative research projects on educational development, in partnership with other Canadian universities.  She is also co-founder of the Guelph Jazz Festival, now in its 17th year.

Sherrie Tucker
Improvisation Community and Social Practice project (ICASP)
ICASP - Gender and the Body Adaptive Use team

Sherrie Tucker is Associate Professor in American Studies at University of Kansas.   She is the author of Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She is co-editor, with David Katzman and Randal Jelks, of the journal, American Studies. Sherrie is one of the founding members of the University of Kansas Interdisciplinary jazz Studies Group and a former member of the Columbia Jazz Study Group.  She facilitates the “Improvisation, Gender, and the Body” team for an international Collaborative Research Initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, entitled, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice.  In 2004-2005, she was the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University.  She is currently a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow, completing a book project on swing culture and war member, entitled, Dance Floor Democracy:  the Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen.

Ellen Waterman 
Improvisation Community and Social Practice project (ICASP)
ICASP - Gender and the Body Adaptive Use team

Ellen Waterman is a flutist and scholar interested in the dynamics of improvisation as a profoundly everyday activity. We are all constantly interacting with our environment, playing off of tiny shifts in perception to make choices that affect the play of movement and sound around us. Most of this dynamic activity goes unnoticed. Ellen explores musical performances as a sensitive articulation of the micro-ecology of specific moments in time and space. Her performance practice intersects closely with her work as a cultural theorist and musicologist with a cross-Canada study of experimental music (, and a book on acoustic ecology: Sonic Geography Imagined and Remembered (2002). Ellen holds the Ph.D. in Critical Studies and Experimental Practices from the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego. Her current research is focused on improvisation, through the international Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research project (  Ellen is the director of the School of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Eric Lewis Profile PictureEric Lewis
Improvisation Community and Social Practice project (ICASP)
ICASP - Gender and the Body Adaptive Use team

Eric Lewis is a Professor of Philosophy at McGill University specializing in the philosophy of improvised music.  He is the director of the McGill Centre for the Critical Studies of Improvisation, and the McGill site coordinator of ICASP.  He is also an improvising musician performing with brass and electronics, and an art curator.


Ian Hattwick
AUMI Programmer for Mac/PC

Ian Hattwick is a musician and researcher interested in improvisation, collaborative performance, and digital instruments. He composes and performs music based on live sampling and digital signal processing, and creates interactive artwork and digital musical instruments. His research is in the development of mapping strategies and digital musical instruments for collaborative performance. He holds an MFA from the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program at UC Irvine, and is conducting PhD research at the Input Device and Music Interaction Laboratory at McGill University.


Henry Lowengard profile pictureHenry Lowengard
AUMI Programmer for iPad

New Paltz based Composer and programmer Henry Lowengard has been creating experimental computer music  and the programs to create it since the early 70s.  For these purposes, has worked with  computer platforms from the pdp/8 to the iPhone and iPad. He's performed with his wife Nancy O. Graham in some of Ione's Dream Festivals, and is currently in the band Mamalama, playing hammered dulcimer, pianica, tenor recorder, and magyar citera. 
Look for him online by searching for 'jhhl' and reading,


Karen Hefford
AUMI AssistantKaren Hefford Profile Picture

Karen attends Memorial University of Newfoundland as a fourth year music student with a major in history and literature. She first became interested in the AUMI in the fall of 2011 when she attended an information session at the University done by Leaf and Jackie.  She is excited to be working as research assistant to Dr. Ellen Waterman and Susan LeMessurier Quinn for their research involving the AUMI and Music Therapy.


Sergio Hazard
Music Therapist, Collaborator and Researcher  

Sergio Hazard is a Chilean Sound Engineer and Music Therapist from the Music Therapy postgraduate program of the Universidad de Chile, Faculty of Arts. He is a musician, composer and teacher of internal Taoist practices: Tai Chi, Yoga and Chi Kung. Currently he is teaching as professor in the School of Sound at the Universidad de Chile, Faculty of Arts. The course includes Music Therapy and Music Technology. He is currently working in the various Community Programs for the elderly and his private practice in Music Therapy with children, young people and adults. 



Paula Josa-Jones
Collaborator and Researcher  

Paula Josa-Jones, MA, CMA, RSME/T, is a choreographer, director and equestrian who has developed a unique form of visually charged dance-theater built on the sensuous experience of the body as landscape and source for movement, image and voice.

Paula is the director  of EMBODIED HORSEMANSHIP® which uses somatic movement practices, including Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Tellington TTEAM/TTouch®, Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais to bring a quality of emotional, physical and mental balance and expressivity into our relationships with our horses and humans. She teaches improvisation, creative process and Performing Wide Awake for performance artists in all genres. She has taught in the dance programs at Tufts University, Boston University and at universities, colleges and dance festivals nationally and internationally. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly. Paula is currently writing Horse Dreams, a book on her work with horses.  She  competes and performs and plays with her Andalusians Amadeo and Capprichio.  


Brenda Hutchinson
Collaborator and Researcher  

Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Hutchinson encourages participants to experiment with sound, share stories, and make music. Brenda also improvises on a 9 1/2 foot tube with a gestural interface she designed. She has been an artist in residence at San Quentin Prison, Headlands Center for the Arts, Harvestworks, Exploratorium, Ucross and Djerassi. She is the recipient of the Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television and has received support from the NEA, Lila Wallace, McKnight Foundation, and NYSCA and Meet the Composer among others. Recordings of her work are available through TELLUS, Deep Listening, O.O. DISCS, Frog Peak Music and Leonardo Music Magazine. Brenda will drive cross-country for any reason.

Thomas Ciufo
Technical Support and Programming

Thomas Ciufo is a sound artist, improviser, teacher and researcher working primarily in the areas of electroacoustic improvisational performance and hybrid instrument / interactive systems design. Additional research interests include acoustic ecology, field recording, and sound studies. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Computer Music and New Media from Brown University and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Recording Arts in the Department of Music at Towson University. International festival presentations or performances include Visiones Sonoras in Mexico City, the Enaction in Arts Conference in France, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference (Vancouver, Genoa, Montreal and Ann Arbor) the Deep Listening: Art / Science International Conference, the NYC Electronic Music Festival, as well as numerous conference presentations for the International Computer Music Society and International Society for Improvised Music.


Former Researchers/Programmers


Zane Van Duzen

Original Programmer

Zevin Polzin

Doug Van Nort
2011 update

Research Assistants from Improvisation Community and Social Practice (ICASP)

K. Sarah Yiu
Fall 2010

Iris A. Hodgson
2010-11 academic year

Tiffany McCormick 
Summer/Fall of 2011

Jaclyn Heyen
Project Manager
Program Development 
AUMI/Accessibility Consultant 
AUMI Trainer

Other Researchers 

Curtis Bahn
Co-Principal Investigator, designing computer interfaces for the project
Composer and Program Designer, Arts Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Don Millard
Co-Principal Investigator, directing design, construction of devices and programming
Electrical Engineer
Director of the Academy of Electronic Media (AEM), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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