Composer Pauline Oliveros, Music Alum, Taught Us the Art of 'Deep Listening'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- In the early 1960s, she had studied at San Francisco State, where she met many like-minded composers. Together they founded the San Francisco Tape Music Festival.

Listening is the act of attending your time and place, and Oliveros was one of the great listeners. That helps to explain how she developed a second sense for always being in the right place at the right time.

That was certainly so in L.A. She led from her accordion unforgettable sonic meditations at the Woman’s Building, the downtown feminist arts center in the 1970s and 1980s. In an early event by the new opera company the Industry, Yuval Sharon produced a preview of her opera, “The Nubian World,” with texts by Oliveros’ Black wife, Ione, a stunning work that deconstructs colonialism through a British field marshal discovering rapture on a Nubian island.