UPGRADE! NY: Pauline Oliveros

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programming series
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26 Jan 2006

Upgrade! NY
January 2006

We kicked-off the year to a full house with an evening of performance and dialog with esteemed composer Pauline Oliveros, joined by two ensembles from RPI and Brown University.

The evening started with a 3-part, audio-visual, improvisation performance. The ensembles and the audience were surrounded by twelve speakers.

Pauline Oliveros (1932) is one of America’s most vital composers. Deep Listening, her lifetime practice is fundamental to her composing, performing and teaching. She serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, Darius Milhaud Artist-in-residence at Mills College, Oakland CA and president of Deep Listening Institute in Kingston NY.

Tintinnabulate is an ensemble of improvisational players whose voices and senses are tuned through the practice of Deep Listening. We achieve harmony through intuition, play, and sympathetic resonance. Founded by Pauline Oliveros, and based at RPI’s iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts) program in Troy, NY, Tintinnabulate has initiated a series of Distance Performances: live, co-located, Internet performances with improvisational ensembles across the United States. RPI’s Tintinabulate ensemble is Alex Chechile, Bart Woodstrup, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, and Yael Kanarek.

MIG (Meme Improvisation Group) is an ensemble focused on technologically mediated improvisation that draws from the Free Jazz and Experimental Music Tradition. Members include both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students. MIG is an outgrowth of MEME, the multimedia and electronic music composition program at Brown University. Brown’s Meme Improvisation Group is Kevin Patton, Damon Baker, Carmen Montoya, and Joseph Butch Rovan.

Tintinnabulate and MIG first performed together in the Fall of 2005. The ensembles performed over the Internet, each from their respective location. This performance at Eyebeam, hosted by The Upgrade, brings the two ensembles together into the same physical space for the first time.