UCCS to host Pioneers of Music festival

Jane Rigler, (719) 255-5144, jrigler@uccs.edu Colin McAllister, (719) 255-5134, cmcallis@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two of the most influential groups in European and American contemporary music will perform during a Pioneers of Music Festival April 2-13 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

The festival is part of Peak FreQuency, a resident faculty organization in the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts Music Program, and will highlight some of the most pioneering musicians in the world.

The festival includes the following performances

  • 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Berger Hall. The Instant Composers Pool will perform with an opening by the UCCS Creative Music Honors Ensemble, an ensemble of advanced music majors.
  •  3 p.m. April 12 at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities Guest House. Oliveros will offer a “meet and greet” with campus and greater Colorado Springs community members. At this event, Oliveros will provide a deep listening environment that includes audience participation.
  • 7:30 p.m. April 13 in the Centennial Hall auditorium. Oliveros will perform solo and ensemble works with UCCS music students and faculty members.

All events are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. Admission for students is free. For more information visit http://www.uccs.edu/~peakfreq/. Parking on the UCCS campus is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays and all day Saturday.

About the Artists

Instant Composers Pool
Instant Composers Pool

The Instant Composers Pool, was founded by European music legends Han Bennink (drums) and Misha Mingelberg (piano) in 1967 after they played on Eric Dolphy’s recording “Last Date” in New York City. This long-standing Amsterdam-based group is a blend of European improvised music, jazz band, and chamber orchestra executed in the Dutch irreverent style known as “Dutch swing.”

All of these forces combine into a highly sophisticated and enjoyable music that has astonished and impressed music lovers for several decades.

For more information, visit http://www.icporchestra.com/

Pauline Oliveros
Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros is a senior figure and important pioneer in contemporary American music. Her career spans 50 years of boundary dissolving music making. In the 1950s, she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is distinguished research professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.

Oliveros is interested in finding new sounds and finding new uses for old ones. Her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Whether performing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in an underground cavern, or in the studios of West German radio, Oliveros’ commitment to interaction with community in any given moment profoundly affects those who experience it.

Through deep listening pieces and sonic meditations, Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds into musical performance. She also incorporates various ancient martial arts such as Tai Chi in her education and musical/sonic practices. Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Since the 1960’s, she has influenced American music through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.

Oliveros is the founder of “deep listening,” which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. She describes deep listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one’s own thoughts as well as musical sounds. She is the founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly the Pauline Oliveros Foundation. The Deep Listening Institute has designed and created under her supervision adaptive use musical instruments, a device and software program that can facilitate and empower musical expression for those with disabilities.

For more information about Pauline Oliveros or the Deep Listening Institute, visit http://www.paulineoliveros.us/ or http://deeplistening.org/site/

Funding for Oliveros and the ICP residency is sponsored by the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment with additional support from the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.