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June 5, 2017 -- Works by pioneering electronic composer Pauline Oliveros -- whose soundscapes have entranced listeners for more than 50 years -- will be performed this week at the Santa Monica Public Library.

The concert featuring works that "bridge poetry, meditation, performance art and sound" will take place Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, organizers said.

As part of the library's Soundwaves concert series, the Los Angeles-based Southland Ensemble will perform Oliveros' text pieces "Ear Piece," "Pebble Music," "Papericity," "Arctic Air" and "Rock Piece."

Oliveros, an accomplished accordionist who squeezed other worldly sounds from the popular dance instrument, developed a form of meditative music she coined "Deep Listening." She died last year at age 84.

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Featured in Wednesday's concert, "Pebble Music" presents "catalogues of sounds, arranged by the performers like objects in a museum," according to England's Riot Ensemble, which has performed Oliveros' text pieces.

"Rock Piece" features movement that "is even more explicit, with performers moving into, out of and around the space."

The Southland Ensemble has performed works by John Cage, Anthony Braxton, Mauricio Kagel, David Tudor, Robert Ashley and James Tenney, among others.

The concert is is also part of the 13th season of the Dog Star Orchestra festival of experimental music, coordinated by Michael Piasro.

The monthly Soundwaves series presents artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.

Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings can be found at

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.

For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.


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