In remembrance of one of the important composers of our time, four improvisers sound the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern for Houston’s native daughter.
Her significance as a composer was first established in the early 1960’s, through sonically daring works of groundbreaking electronic music (as well as for notated pieces like Sound Patterns, which launched her international career when it earned the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1962). She consistently operated on the cutting edge of technology through a range of projects, including her live improvisations with global collaborators, facilitated in real-time through high-speed Internet connection.
She was a native of Houston, Texas. And she was perhaps the most influential experimental artist ever to come from our city.
In memory of this singular artist and humanitarian, four musicians with close ties to Pauline Oliveros will sound Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in the first ever public performance held in this special space. Built as a drinking water reservoir in 1926, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern was designed to hold 15 million gallons of water when functioning at capacity. 87,500 square feet, and supported by 221 concrete columns which are 25 feet tall, the Cistern features a 17-second sonic reverberation. Buffalo Bayou Partnership restored and repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space, offering regular history tours as well as periodic art installations and programs.