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Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound, June 5-15!

The 2014 iteration of the Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound will be held from June 5th-15th!

A note from Artistic Director Gregory Oh:

"Some of you heard our first vibrations in 1998, and others may be new aficionados or curious citizens out for a stroll. Even as I welcome you, I thank this community for welcoming me to my first festival in my new position as artistic director.

There is an amazing array of possibilities this year packed into eleven days! While I was programming, I thought about the way that stories bring us together, keep us together and sometimes tear us apart. Narrative is equally essential to myths and media, love and understanding. At this year’s festival, you will find stories about those who experience adversity and even triumph over it, stories of fantastical creatures and lonely hearts, silent stories, sung stories, stories that move in and
out of sound, stories that come into being and stories that are told to us by bacteria and airwaves and etiquette books. The most abstract of stories - the buzzing of a “bzz” to the chirp of a “tsch”, and the most basic story - of going someplace and then coming back again. Of course, when you take a journey, you never come back exactly the same.

I am so glad that you have joined me for these stories. I look forward most especially to the story that we will discover together, here at the 2014 Open Ears Festival."

For full details and to check out the complete Festival lineup, visit their website, or the full program guide here.

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)