Inspired by the late composer Pauline Oliveros and her “Sonic Meditations”, this short film explores Deep Listening in the King Records Building, home of one of the most important record labels in the history of American music. Founded by Syd Nathan in 1943, this building was the launching point for the career of James Brown, among many other incredible musicians. For a time the building was slated for demolition, but is currently under the guardianship of the King Records Legacy Committee and the City of Cincinnati, with hopes and plans to renovate and re-open.
In this film, we learn a bit about the history of the building and King Records, thanks to Elliott Ruther of the King Records Legacy Committee, as well as the Cincinnati Preservation Collective. Then Troy Bronsink of The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action leads us through a brief guided meditation. This will prepare us to listen with full mindful presence to concert:nova string quartet musicians as they perform Dig the Say by Vijay Iyer, a composition dedicated to the memory of James Brown, in the very same space where Brown recorded his first hit record.
The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action
Cincinnati Preservation Collective
Thank you to:
The King Records Legacy Committee
Calcagno Cullen, Erika Nj Allen, and The Welcome Project
Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation
The William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Johnstone Foundation
with support from the International Foundation for Contemporary Music