Dark Listening

Dark Listening 2019

Dark Listening December 9, 2019


photo by Lyssa Pearson, design by P Walde & J Morton

LaSaM presents

Dark Listening, A Sonic Moment for Deep Times

December 9, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at MediaNet’s FLUX Gallery, 821 Fort Street, Victoria, BC. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can (all proceeds donated to MediaNet)

Visiting artist Jeff Morton joins Paul Walde, George Tzanetakis and Tina Pearson (Experimental Music Unit) and guests Monday December 9 at 7 pm at MediaNet, Victoria, BC.

Within darkening skies, and darkening times, Dark Listening offers immersion into sonic contemplations of the seas, lands and air: Quiet sounds, deep sounds, provocative sounds, eery sounds, uncanny sounds, dark and light sounds. Sounds for contemplating, sounds for breathing, sounds for dreaming.

The evening features the late Pauline Oliveros’ exquisite work Arctic Air, where she asks us to consider how different qualities of air affect our listening, and to consider the listening of all beings through her narrated text The Earthworm Also Sings. New interactions with the Experimental Music Unit, whose exploratory music is informed by the nuance of listening and playing together over many years, will also be performed through dark listening works inspired by the Salish Sea, including Pearson’s text score Black, and a new created for the event by Morton.

Paul Walde, electric bass; George Tzanetakis, reeds and kaval; Tina Pearson, flute, voice, accordion; and Jeff Morton, pedal steel guitar and electronics; With guests Christine Walde (narration), Chris Reiche, Arlene Carson and others

What audience members said about Dark Listening 2014:

“What an incredible sonic journey … you touched places inside of me I never even knew I had … truly epic and remarkable combined with the spoken poetry and beautiful lighting. It was inspiring how you utilized silence with a touch of deeper musical mystery … you had me guessing and wanting more and more of what was coming next … – Hon Soulo Chow

Thank you … this was a sonic treat I heard and felt from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. It was human, animal, earthly, cosmic and otherworldly … at times soft and round; at times sharp and angular … all held in an unpretentious, homegrown yet classy, mysterious kind of vibe. I loved the moments of pause in the darkness which was lit with our heightened sense of hearing – the result of how your sound scaping opened us. I loved the poetic narration. Thank you for your unique and refreshing offering. – Karin Lewis


Dark Listening 2014

LaSaM Music and Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre present


with special guest Norm Adams, cello

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sonic evocations and deep listenings 

in the midst of winter seas and skies

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 8 pm

Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre

1983 Fairield Road, Victoria

Quiet sounds, deep sounds, provocative sounds, eery sounds, dark and light sounds. Sounds for contemplating, sounds for breathing, sounds for dreaming

with special guest Norm Adams, cellist, of suddenlyLISTEN Music and Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax

shadows and light by Tim Gosley

narration by Christine Walde

Paul Walde, electric bass

George Tzanetakis, reeds

Tina Pearson, flute, voice, glass

Norm Adams, cello

Featuring a rendering of Pauline Oliveros’ iconic composition Arctic Air, exploratory improvisations by Norm Adams and the ensemble and new pieces by Christine Walde and Tina Pearson.

Phone 250-598-7488 for tickets (limited seating – book early)

By donation (suggested $10 – $15, $5 for kids)

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