I’m performing in a special concert at Mills College in honor of Musician/Composer Toyoji Tomita on September 10th

Mills College Music Department and Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. Present
The Toyoji Tomita Memorial Concert — Toyoji’s Song

September 10, 2008, at 7:30 pm

Lisser Hall, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, California

Admission: Suggested Donation $20, Free to Mills students, faculty and staff
All proceeds will go to the Tomita Fund for the family.

Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. and the Mills College Music Department proudly present this special evening of performances to honor Toyoji Tomita, who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. Toyoji was an accomplished trombonist who studied at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He was a music instructor at Mills College in Oakland and performed with several ensembles in the Bay Area. Toyoji was the owner and President of T.P.T. Gardener, Inc., one of the first sustainable gardening companies to be awarded public works contracts, including the City of Oakland Frank Ogawa Plaza project and the Alameda County Juvenile Hall renovation project.

This concert event will feature an impressive ensemble of friends and collaborators of Toyoji Tomita, including Roscoe Mitchell, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Phillip Gelb, Ghost Dance Trio, the Cardew Choir conducted by Tom Bickley, Andy Strain, Tom Djll, Wendy Burch, Marianne Tomita McDonald, the Didjeridu Ensemble, and the ensemble Brassiosaurus performing Tomita’s unusual composition, “Three Blind Mice.”

I will be joining these musicians and the Cardew Choir in performing the Pauline Oliveros composition, “Tuning Meditation,” in honor of Toyoji Tomita. In 2005, I was honored to be asked by Pauline Oliveros to serve as a substitute instructor/guest artist for two sessions of her Women in Music class at Mills College, where I discussed my compositions in progress, the creative process, and careers in the arts. Pauline is a long-time mentor and friend, along with her partner, Ione. Mills College was recently ranked in the top 2%, or top 75, of colleges in the U.S.A. by Forbes Magazine. Its Contemporary Music Department is world-renowned,

The evening will begin with a tree planting ceremony on the beautiful, pastoral grounds of the college. A Japanese maple will be dedicated to Toyoji and planted in the West courtyard outside of the main office window of the Music Building, in recognition of his work as a landscape designer and gardener.

Deep Listening Institute’s President, Pauline Oliveros , and Artistic Director, Ione, will present Deep Listening’s Golden Ear Award, created by sculptor Jon Steel, to Marianne Tomita McDonald, in honor of her late husband, Toyoji Tomita. Other awards will be presented to sound artist Brenda Hutchinson, and in memory of artist Ann Chamberlain and Deep Listening friend Jack Nakamura. A reception will follow the concert in the Ensemble Room.

Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. fosters a unique approach to music, literature, art and meditation, and promotes innovation among artists and audience in creating, performing, recording and educating with a global perspective. The Deep Listening Institute fosters creativity in artists of all ages and levels of artistic development by holding workshops, retreats, performing and publishing new work, and developing new performance technologies.

Supporters of the projects and events of Deep Listening Institute can contribute to the fund online at http://www.deeplistening.org/site/donate

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