The world is only just beginning to understand the depth of influence late composer Pauline Oliveros has had on our lives and our work. Her focus on”deep listening” taught us to listen “in every possible way to every possible thing”. In particular, her 25 Sonic Meditations embodied her generous compositional spirit, offering opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to learn “how to focus on, listen to, and produce sound naturally.”

The Oliveros Response Project will create a community-wide artistic response to Oliveros' work. We will commission five composers and five visual artists who have been deeply influenced by Oliveros to write a new response to one of her Sonic Meditations. These works will be presented in a series of free music and mindfulness classes and workshops offered over the course of six weeks in multiple Cincinnati neighborhoods. The musical works will be premiered, performed on tour, and recorded by Brianna Matzke, piano, and Chris Graham, percussion. In each concert, audience members will be given an opportunity to reflect on and participate in the work of Oliveros. Through this project, we hope to deliberately explore the influence of Oliveros and trace her continuing connections through the musical world, ultimately expanding upon her influence to continue generating new sounds and new ideas.

Six Cincinnati arts and community-building organizations create a city-wide response to Pauline Oliveros' Sonic Meditations

“Listening is not the same as hearing and hearing is not the same as listening.”

– Pauline Oliveros

Contemporary Arts Center

The Hive

Cincinnati Preservation Collective

Manifest Drawing Center


The Response Project

Six weeks of music and mindfulness

Classes and concerts

Culminating in the world premiere of five new works for percussion and piano


The Johnstone Foundation

Contact me for more information at

brianna [at] brianna matzke [dot] com

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