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Paying Tribute To Ms. Pauline Oliveros On The Occasion Of Her 80Th Birthday

Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the lifetime achievements of my friend and constituent, Pauline Oliveros on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Ms. Oliveros is an internationally recognized visionary composer, performer, professor and humanitarian. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Deep Listening Institute in the City of Kingston, NY. Her career spans more than five decades of revolutionary music-making and her lifetime contribution to the arts has influenced the way in which we understand music and the many facets of sound. I am proud to honor Ms. Oliveros for her 50 years of inspiring dedication to musical innovation.

Ms. Oliveros began her career in the 1950s where she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists and poets gathered together in San Francisco. She represented the United States at the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka Japan and was honored in 1985 with a retrospective at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She is also a Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Darius Milhaud Composer-in-Residence at Mills College in Oakland, California. Ms. Oliveros relocated to Ulster County in the early 1980s in order to become an independent composer, performer and consultant. She has written several books, formulated new theories of music and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of ``Deep Listening'' and ``Sonic Awareness.'' Since the 1960s, Ms. Oliveros has deeply influenced American music through her work with improvisation, meditation, and electronic music.

Most notably, Ms. Oliveros is the founder of the Deep Listening Institute, aimed at fostering a unique approach to music, literature, art, and meditation. The Institute promotes innovation among artists and audiences in creating, performing, recording and educating with a global perspective. The Deep Listening Institute has received several grants to bring the innovative Adaptive Use Musical Instruments program to children with disabilities in Ulster County. The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments program is a software application allowing people with limited mobility to create music.

In addition to these notable endeavors, Ms. Oliveros was awarded the prestigious John Cage award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts for her outstanding achievement in the arts. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I join the Foundation of Contemporary Arts in honoring and celebrating Pauline Oliveros on the occasion of her 80th birthday and formally recognizing her profound lifetime contribution to American music and the power of sound.