b. 1932 -
Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally for four decades she has explored sound‹forging new ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with great breadth of vision. "On some level, music, sound, consciousness and religion are all one, and she would seem to be very close to that level." John Rockwell.
Oliveros has been honored with awards and grants and her music has been played throughout the world. Whether performing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., or an underground cavern Oliveros' commitment to interaction with the moment is unchanged. Through DEEP LISTENING (TM) and earlier Sonic Meditations Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds into musical performance. To make a pleasurable experience of this requires focused concentration, skilled musicianship and strong improvisational skills, which are the hallmarks of Oliveros' form. In performance Oliveros uses an expanded accordion. The expressive possibilities are increased by an electronic system, devised by Oliveros to alter sounds, bend pitches and explore the individual characteristics of each room.
Pauline Oliveros has built a loyal following through her concerts, recordings, publications, and musical compositions that she has written for soloists and ensembles in music, dance, theater and interart companies. She has also provided leadership within the music community from her early years as the first Director of the Tape Music Center at Mills College and as Director of the Center of Music Experiment during her 14 year tenure at the University of California at San Diego. She has acted in an advisory capacity for organizations such as The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts, and many private foundations. Oliveros has been vocal about representing the needs of individual artists, about the need for diversity and experimentation in the arts, and promoting cooperation and good will among people.