Orecchie alla terra

A production of
Electronic Music Foundation
Ear to the Earth 09

October 8—10, 2009

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York City

Ear to the Earth 09, EMF’s fourth annual festival of environmental sound, is based on the idea that by listening to the world, we become sensitive to the state of the world.

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Ear to the Earth this year is 3 concerts and a forum. Our focus is bio-diversity.

But what does bio-diversity mean to the participating artists? Or to you?

Concert 1
It means that entering into a natural environment can result in personal growth. The seeming simplicity of Yoko Ono’s Secret Piece belies an underlying complexity and stunning beauty.

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Thursday, October 8, 8pm
Yoko Ono
A Secret Piece

Concert 2
It means that in Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger’s my eyes… my ears… and in Elliott Sharp’s Ganging the Hook, we’ll experience different perspectives on urban environments.

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Friday, October 9, 8pm
New York Soundscape
Two commissions
Two world premieres
Bruce Odland/Sam Auinger: my eyes… my ears…
Elliott Sharp: Ganging the Hook

Concert 3
It means that David Monacchi will present the sounds of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic, a primary equatorial rainforest. And it means that Steven Feld, with the participation of master drummer Nii Otoo Annan, from Accra, Ghana, will demonstrate ways that our environment is reflected in the rhythms and performances of our music.

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Saturday, October 10, 8pm
Sounds from Africa
Steven Feld & Nii Otoo Annan: Bufo Variations
David Monacchi: Sounds of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve

An Open Forum
It also means that you’ll be able to join composers, sound/media artists, and scientists in discussing eco-concerns in an open forum.

More on the forum
Saturday, October 10, 3pm
Eco-Concerns
Panel
Artist presentations

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