Pauline Oliveros fronts ICE this Saturday at Bard


The longtime local resident and cultural agitator Pauline Oliveros also happens to be an internationally recognized giant of serious experimental music and its attendant social and aesthetic philosophies. As composer, performer, commentator and curator via her Deep Listening Institute, Oliveros was keeping things weird in the Valley long before Basilica and EMPAC, Manitoga and Quinn’s made our region an unlikely hotbed of avant-garde mischief. In the world of pure sound, collage, liberated harmony and formal deconstruction, you name it and she has done it.

On Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the LUMA Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center of the Performing Arts at Bard College, Oliveros compositions will receive a royal treatment of sorts by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a 35-piece modular ensemble world-renowned for its cutting-edge repertoire and the specializations required of new music. ICE will perform works of Oliveros alongside the composer herself. A conversation with the artists follows this performance.

Tickets cost $25 to $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call the box office at (845) 758-7900. Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson.