UW Today

January 12, 2011

UW trombonist, DX Arts, involved in concert at Town Hall

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Stuart Dempster, a trombonist and professor emeritus of the School of Music, teams with keyboardist David Gamper and accordionist Pauline Oliveros for a special appearance at Seattle’s Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 15.

From left, David Gamper, Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster make up the Deep Listening Band.

From left, David Gamper, Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster make up the Deep Listening Band.

The performance, which is sponsored by the School of Music, the UW Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media and Town Hall, will conclude the group’s week-long residency at the venue and will feature premiere performances of Great Howl and Town Haul, works created in response to the acoustics of Town Hall.

Collectively, Dempster, Gamper and Oliveros are known as the Deep Listening Band, and they elevate improvisational music with a passion (and reputation) for site-specific pieces that respond to the unique tone and resonance of physical spaces. Celebrating more than 20 years together, the group has honed its experimental voice in a 2-million-gallon cistern, an old limestone quarry, and a lava cave. Now, after a week-long residency absorbing Town Hall’s unique aural qualities, the band presents a surround-sound concert enhanced by the Expanded Instrument System tonal “time machine” and state-of-the-art sound from the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $5 students. They can be obtained online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Attendees at the concert are invited to experience the Deep Listening Intensive that will occur in the space at 5:30 pm. Ticket holders and those buying tickets at the door are welcome to attend this special event before the 7:30 concert. Doors will open at 5:15.

Deep Listening Intensives are intended to encourage and facilitate extraordinary listening and extraordinary consciousness in conjunction with extraordinary musical events and environments. The Deep Listening Band continues to explore and discover the nature of listening as the way to make music and expand their own minds. The  intensive is intended to facilitate a Deep Listening audience that understands that their consciousness is affecting and helping to produce the musical experience for all involved.

For more information, call 206-685-8384.