Pauline Oliveros McGill Colloquium 2017

Still Listening

A series of Events in Memory of Pauline Oliveros

June 1-3, 2017

Improvisation both demands exemplary listening skills, and can help engender them. Pauline Oliveros dedicated much of her life to exploring extended modes of listening, theorizing about them, creating methods to help others listen more critically and carefully, and creating music, often highly improvisatory, that was a product of careful listening—to one’s fellow improvisers, to the space one is in, to other sounds often considered incidental or noise, to one’s own sources of sound. This year’s McGill-IICSI conference (in association with IPLAI) was focused on improvisation and listening, with a particular emphasis on Pauline Oliveros, whose passing in November 2016, left us with a rich legacy of compositions, improvisations, theory, activism, community building, design, and a wide network of individuals and institutions that were influenced in many ways by her example, thoughts, sounds and actions.


June 1, 2017

Naada Yoga Studio (12:15-2:45) (Free)
5540 Casgrain Ave.

  • Jennifier Wilsey: Deep Listening and Extrasensory Perception: Processes for Expanded Listening to and with the Subtle Energy Body
  • I-Ying Wu: Subtle Awareness, dance movement workshop
  • IONE and Friends: DREAMS OF PAULINE—An Interactive Invocation

Concert, Tanna Schulich Hall (3:45-5:00) (free)
527 Sherbrooke St West

  • Avatar Orchestra Metaverse—Heart of Tones performance; presentation by Tina Pearson: Deep Listening in Cyber Space
  • Ann Bourne, Elysha Poirier, Doug Van Nort, multimedia performance

Still Listening: Exhibit Launch (5:00-7:00) (free) Marvin Duchow Music Library
527 Sherbrooke St West, 3rd floor
With Catskill Mountain Gamelan Ensemble Performance
More available on the Still Listening Oliveros website

Evening Concert: La Sala Rossa (ticketed event)
4848 St. Laurent Blvd
Infonie Tribute + Expo 67 Music Celebration (experimental music from Quebec 1960’s)

June 2 (all Conference talks/performances/workshops are free)

Room 832, 527 Sherbrooke St . West McGill University

Introductions: 9-9:30
Talks session one 9:30-10:30

  • Ellen Waterman: A Deep Listening Meditation on Decolonization
  • Sara Ramshaw:DEEP Listening goes to Law School

Talks Session Two 10:45-11:45

  • Erik DeLuca: Wolf Listeners–Acoustemological Politics and Poetics of Isle Royale National Park
  • Thomas Ciufo: Listening Through Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art

Talk Session Three 12:00-12:30
Renee T. Coulombe Banshee: Towards a Critical Theory of Deep Listening Praxis

Lunch Break

Talks session Four 1:30-2:30

  • David Bernstein: Acoustic and Virtual Space in the Music of Pauline Oliveros: From the Soundscape to the Sonosphere
  • Jason Robinson: Making Our Presence Manifest Over Distance: Pauline Oliveros, Telematics, Technology, and Improvisation

Collective Exercise 2:30-2:45
Led by: Viv Corringham
Talks Session Five 2:45-3:45

  • Stephanie Khoury: Creative Music Learning with Technology: Learning to Improvise through Creative and Interactive Listening
  • Dan DiPiero: Listening to Contingency: Improvisation and Everyday Life

Talks Session Six 4:00-5:00

  • Rebecca Caines and Michelle Stewart:Breaking Barriers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Listening with Each Other
  • Jing Xia: Hearing my Chineseness: Listening for Identity Through Improvisation

Evening Gala Performance of “Still Listening”, Scores in honour of Pauline
La Sala Rossa- 4848 St. Laurent–Ticketed event–Benefit for the IPLAI/IICSI Music Youth Network, but note: no one will be denied admission (up to room capacity). Doors at 8:30

For this special evening we have commissioned a marvellous ensemble to perform the exhibited scores. Founded in 2012 by Isak Goldschneider, Novarumori is a Montreal-based chamber orchestra specializing in ambient/postminimalist music. For this Hommage à Pauline Oliveros, Novarumori welcomes a special guest director: trumpeter/composer Amy Horvey. In addition to Ms. Horvey the ensemble includes: Lori Freedman, clarinet; Jennifer Thiessen, viola; Emilie Girard-Charest, cello; Felix Del Tredici, trombone; Marianne Trudel, accordion; Isaiah Ceccarelli, percussion; Daniel Anez, piano; Andrea Young, voice & electronics

June 3, La Vitrola

4602 St Laurent

Performance 9:00-9:45
James Harley and Gayle Young: Listening as Collaboration: Improvising Together on One Extended Instrument

Talks Session seven 10:00-11:00

  • Jessie Stewart: Silent/Listen: Reflections on the Deep Listening 25th anniversary performance
  • Alex Chechile and Suzanne Thorpe:Live Performance Considerations for Pauline Oliveros’ Early Electronic Music

Talk Session Eight 11:15-12:00
Rachael Elliot, Max Stein, Jen Reimer: Roundtable Discussion on the “Sounding the City” project and Site-Specific Improvisations in Urban and Virtual Environments

Lunch Break

Performance 1:15-1:45
Curtis Bahn and Thomas Ciufo: Sonic Constructions

Talks Session Nine 2:00-3:00

  • Kevin McNeilly: Deep Transforms, Close Tellings: The Cocreative work of Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee and Rachel Pollack
  • Sara Villa: Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Exercises in the Literary Pedagogical Context — How to Heighten the Sonic Nature of Poetry in Academic Teaching Practices

Talks Session Ten 3:00-4:00

  • Doug Van Nort : Tuning Presents/Turing Presence
  • Dana Reason: Empathic Architecture and the Space Between

Talks Session Eleven 4:15-5:15

  • Kathy Kennedy: Listening to Vocal Improvisation
  • Brenda Hutchinson: Sound, Listening and Public Engagement

Evening Performance, Centre Phi (ticketed event)
407 rue Saint-Pierre, doors at 8:00
Ellen Fullman, purchase tickets in advance from