For astronomy buffs or anyone who simply enjoys gazing up at the night sky, April 7, 2020 is the night of the Full Super Pink Moon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. This is the night that FULL PINK MOON: Opera Povera from Quarantine will present a A Worldwide Fundraising Live Stream of Pauline Oliveros’s Open Form “The Lunar Opera: Deep Listening For-Tunes” at 6:00pm to 12:00am PDT / 9:00pm – 3:00am EDT.

Created just two weeks ago by Sean Griffin, founder of Opera Povera and a collaborator of Oliveros, and Los Angeles musician Madeline Falcone, A&R manager of the Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund, this extraordinary event will act as a global fundraiser in support of  musicians whose incomes have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also assist Opera Povera’s Full Pink Moon production in covering their production expenses.

The live streaming of Pauline Oliveros’s Open Form “The Lunar Opera: Deep Listening For-Tunes” ensues on Tuesday April 7, 2020, 6:00pm – 12:00pm PDT / 9:00pm – 3:00am EDT this durational virtual opera will feature over 250 artists from around the world, with a pre-opera virtual discussion at 5pm – 6pm PDT / 8pm – 9pm EDT co-hosted by artists Ron Athey, George Lewis, Sean Griffin, with additional guest curators and artists.

We are in a time of isolation but we can be deeply connected right now by that separation we feel by reaching out.” Said Griffin. “It is important to understand that Oliveros’ opera is not a spectator’s opera, rather, it is a vast participatory operatic landscape of moondrunk people in a fictional space of free expression and listening. How Oliveros’s work addresses interaction between people is something extremely valuable in contemporary music and perhaps very suited to our current realignment of social engagement.”

The artists in FULL PINK MOON are searching for ways to continue their creative work through this period of isolation, and we humbly ask in the spirit of the work to consider a donation if you have the resources to help our community of musicians”. Added Falcone.

Pauline Oliveros (1932 – 2016) was a composer, performer, and humanitarian who opened up her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Her career spanned fifty years of boundary-dissolving music making. In the ’50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. In the 1960’s she influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Her numerous awards and accolades included The John Cage award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Oliveros was Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. She founded “Deep Listening ®,” which came from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Oliveros founded Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer, Troy, NY. Her creative work is currently disseminated through The Pauline Oliveros Trust and the Ministry of Maåt, Inc.

Produced by opera design and performance consortium Opera Povera, FULL PINK MOON is presented by the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry and California Institute of the Arts. It is the first event of Gray Sound Sessions, a new experimental music-and-sound series at the Gray Center. See here for more info.

Poster for Full Pink Moon Fundraiser event - Courtesy of the company.

Poster for Full Pink Moon Fundraiser event – Courtesy of the company.


FULL PINK MOON will be livestreamed for the audience on the Opera Povera Full Pink Moon webpage, and will also be streamed simultaneously via Facebook Live, YouTube, and Twitch.

Performers will interact with each other via Zoom. The audience feed will alternate between the main Zoom livestream featuring all of the artists performing at once, and curated interludes featuring smaller ensembles throughout the 6-hour performance.




(additional performers added daily, until the day of performance)

Compiled by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle, April 2, 2020.