Pauline Oliveros, Tower Ring, June 4-5, 2011 at 4pm

TOWER RING by Pauline Oliveros
In the Ann Hamilton Tower at Oliver Ranch
June 4 and 5, 2011 at 4PM



The World Premiere of Tower Ring, a new work by legendary composer Pauline Oliveros will resonate the walls of the magnificent tower created by artist Ann Hamilton at the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville California. The listening audience from their positions on the double Helix stairways will intimately experience vibrant sensations emanating from a rising and descending traditional orchestral gong. Didjeridu, choral voices, an eight story long wire instrument and shimmering bells will add to a tapestry of sounds that can only be experienced in this structure.

The performance will benefit Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. A not-for profit organization that fosters a unique approach to music, literature, art and meditation, and promotes innovation among artists and audience in creating, performing, recording and educating with a global perspective. The Institute’s Adaptive Use Musical Instruments Program (AUMI) has developed free groundbreaking software that enables children and adults with disabilities to make music.

Deep Listening® is a philosophy and practice developed by Pauline Oliveros that distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. The result of the practice cultivates appreciation of sounds on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one's environment, technology and performance with others in music and related arts.

Oliveros’ historic composition, commissioned by the Oliver Ranch Foundation, is keyed to the eight stories of the Tower by a rising and descending gong and tiny bells played by audience members. In addition to the voices of members of the Cardew Choir directed by Tom Bickley, members of existing trios and quartets will be a part of the performance.

Included will be: the Deep Listening Band, Pauline Oliveros (conch/harmonica), Stuart Dempster (conch and dijeridu) and David Gamper (conch/overtone flutes); Horns of Hathor, Oliveros, Ione (improvisational spoken word) and Chris Chafe (long wire instrument); Timeless Pulse, Oliveros and percussionists George Marsh and Jennifer Wilsey. Mills College students will join in the performance; Brenda Hutchinson will be Bell Mistress for the event, Renko Dempster will create real-time drawings during the performance and movement will be guided by choreographer/dancer Christopher Pilafian.

Audience members will meet at the Geyserville Park & Ride and travel by bus to the event. Private parking cannot be accommodated at Oliver Ranch.

2:45-3:15 PM Rendez-vous for buses
Parking lot in Geyserville, Highway 128 & Remmel Road, one block East of Geyserville Avenue, next to railroad tracks. All participants must ride the bus to the site. The last bus departs promptly at 3:30 PM, latecomers will not be admitted to the performance site. There is a short walk on uneven ground from the bus to the tower, which is not wheelchair accessible.

Walking Shoes and comfortable clothing recommended.

Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
Tomie Hahn Director
hahnt "at"