Deep Listening X Avant Toronto

Deep Listening Intensive, featuring Anne Bourne

Workshop in X Avant XII: Resistance Series

The Music Gallery presents

Deep Listening Intensive, featuring Anne Bourne

Anne Bourne’s Deep Listening Intensive was one of the most memorable events of last year’s X Avant festival. This year’s edition is partly in tribute to the founder of Deep Listening, Pauline Oliveros, who passed away too soon after her performance at the 2016 festival. Beyond tribute, this session underscores Oliveros’ relevance to this year’s theme of resistance: she was an unyielding boundary-pusher with profound concern about the creation of collective acts of human beings witnessing each other, and resisting against war and environmental degradation.

Deep Listening, a term coined in jest, became a perfect description of Oliveros’ lifelong mission to listen to everything there is to listen to, all the time. The Center for Deep Listening is now at at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The mission of the Center is to steward the continued development of artistic expression, humanitarian scholarship, and understanding of human perception and cognition begun by Oliveros with her innovative Deep Listening practice decades ago. Bourne will lead participants in experiential listening meditations and sounding pieces composed by Oliveros.


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