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This experiential performance integrates cello, vibration, nature sounds, and the breath in a musically-guided meditation inspired by the mystical medieval writings and music of Hildegard von Bingen. Participants will be invited to listen deeply as they are led through a series of exploratory meditations to center the listener’s energy as they focus their breathe and reception to sound.

Each participant will receive a sample of oil inspired by Hildegard’s herbalism writings. Participants can breath in the healing properties of herbs such as peppermint and rosemary while they settle in to the warm vibrations of the cello.

This session will begin with the performance of Caroline Shaw’s “in manus tuas” (2009) and integrate Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening catalog in which active participants are encouraged to breathe and intone sound to, in Pauline’s words, “calm the mind and bring awareness to the body and its energy circulation, and to promote the appropriate attitude for extending receptivity to the entire space/time continuum of sound.”

All are welcome and participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a pillow, blanket, or yoga mat. Listeners may also sit on a chair if necessary and are welcome to move or stretch during the experience.