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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 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 09, EMF's fourth annual festival of environmental sound, consisted of three concerts and a forum. Our focus was 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
Secret Piece

Concert 2
It means that Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger's my eyes… my ears... and Elliott Sharp's Ganging the Hook offer 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's presentation of the sounds of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic give us the sense of being in a primary equatorial rainforest. And it means that Steven Feld's demonstrations, with the participation of master drummer Nii Otoo Annan, from Accra, Ghana, will show us 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 composers, sound/media artists, and scientists discussed eco-concerns in an open forum.

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Saturday, October 10, 3pm
Artist presentations

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Joel Chadabe, Executive Curator
Suzanne Thorpe, Associate Curator & Coordinator
Park Boulevard Productions, Audio & Video
La PR, Public Relations

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This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Additional funding has been provided by Amphion Foundation and numerous individuals.