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Running on Empty: Deep Listening Institute Personal Appeal from Compsoer Pauline Oliveros

Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006
Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This message was originally received as part of the International Alliance for Women in Music ListServe. The Deep Listening Institute has provided decades of excellent new music and arts programming, festivals, educational classes, and materials, and remains a bastion of contemporary music and the innovative Deep Listening process invented by founder legendary composer Pauline Oliveros
Running on Empty
A Personal Appeal from Pauline Oliveros

May 7, 2014
Dear Friends and Supporters of Deep Listening,

As some of you may know, the Deep Listening Institute moved out of its Kingston, NY, office at the end of April.  We could no longer afford the rent.  The work of DLI continues, of course, and in fact this has been one of our most exciting years.  We held our first three-day academic conference, “Deep Listening: Art/Science,” last July at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and we’re holding our second one there this July, with an added one-day music festival and keynote speeches by Harvard auditory neuroscientist Peter Cariani and our own Stuart and Renko Dempster.  Last June in Los Angeles we showcased the first act of Ione’s and my new opera, The Nubian Word for Flowers, to rave reviews.  You can see an excerpt here:

We published two exciting new books, Ione’s Spell Breaking -- Remembered Ways of Being, with readings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Kingston, Woodstock and Olive Bridge Library, and my Anthology of Text Scores. Both are being performed worldwide in places like South Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada and France.  And last September the Deep Listening Band celebrated its 25th Anniversary by performing and recording for a week at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym in Ottawa.  We plan to release the recordings on the Deep Listening label.

This year we held our 18th annual Dream Festival and our 14th annual Women and Identity Festival.  In April we staged a three-hour listening marathon of DLI Catalog Manager Al Margolis’ new 3 CD set, Thirty.  The set is a 30-year retrospective of Al’s groundbreaking music, composed and recorded under the name If, Bwana, and the marathon was mind blowing and body elevating.  And this month, May 21-25, we are presenting a sonic installation at the Whitney Biennial in New York City, featuring my electronic music and performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble.

So the mission of Deep Listening continues to grow, but right now we are in a short period of transition.  We are working out of our homes, ironing out details for the upcoming Art/Science conference, and making plans for a transformative new future.  As soon as those plans are finalized, I will let you know, but in the meantime we have bills to pay -- staff salaries, storage costs, business expenses.  And the hard truth is we are practically broke.  Any donation you can make to DLI is urgently needed and profoundly appreciated.

This is a very exciting time for the Deep Listening Institute, but also a little scary.  Please help if you can.

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Pauline Oliveros

Executive Director & Founder
Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.
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