Deep Listening Workshop: Discover the Sounds of Your World, with Tomie Hahn
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000 Price: $15
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Deep Listening Workshops, as developed by composer and sound pioneer Pauline Oliveros, explore the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening. The practice includes “Sonic Meditations” (coined by Oliveros), body awareness, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams. Through making sound and listening, participants cultivate a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and increase their ability to experiment, improvise, and be playful with sound.
About the Facilitator
Tomie Hahn is the Director of the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she is an associate professor in the Arts Department. Tomie is an artist and ethnomusicologist. She is a performer of shakuhachi, nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance), and experimental performance. Contemplative practices have been a part of her life and pedagogical method for many years. Her artistic and scholarly focus has been the transmission of embodied cultural knowledge, stemming from her life-long practice of traditional Japanese “practice arts” (okeikogoto). Her book, Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance, was awarded the Alan P. Merriam prize in 2008.