Short Bio

Tina Pearson is a Canadian composer, multimedia artist and facilitator whose projects dwell in relationships between disciplines, technologies and species, and between artists, environments and audiences. Her work often includes eco-mimicry, micro intonation and telematics, and usually incorporates stretched modes of performance attention and practice. Pearson has been commissioned to compose for acoustic ensembles, installations, choreographic works, networked virtual reality performances and film and video. Her work has been presented internationally. Pearson is a member of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse and the Experimental Music Unit and is a certified Deep Listening® practitioner through Pauline Oliveros. She is a first generation settler living within the unceded territories of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on the shores of the Salish Sea.

Longer Bio


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Tina Pearson is a Canadian composer, sound artist, and facilitator. She has worked with artists in dance, visual arts, and new media in projects that play with identity, perception, presence and place, and the relationships between environment, performer and witness. Pearson’s work explores sonic phenomena, bio-mimicry, spectral forms and telematics, usually incorporates stretched modes of performance attention and practice and is often presented in contexts beyond concert culture.

Upcoming and Past Projects

Pearson’s sensibilities were significantly influenced by her wilderness upbringing in Northwestern Ontario, and the juxtapositions between there and Toronto, where she studied and focused on music-making. Her early work explored experiences of performers and audience, such as the concert length pieces for mixed ensemble, Oxygen Tonic – Breath Guided Music (composed with David Mott); Colliding (an electroacoustic music-dance project created with choreographer Paula Ravitz and Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise); and the outdoor soundwalk piece Measure for a Mayfly. Other dance commissions include the harmonic series based RSVP (piano four hands, for dance by Ravitz) and the raga-inspired Saturn, (treble instrument trio, for Grant Strate and Menaka Thakkar). While in Toronto, Pearson composed and performed as a member of the Toronto New Music Co-operative. She was also the editor of Canada’s Musicworks Magazine, introducing its audio component in 1983, and designed and taught a Sound Studies course at OCAD University.

After moving to Canada’s West coast, Pearson formalized facilitation and biospheric art practices into her work. With musicologist Dylan Robinson, she facilitated the concert-length composition And Beethoven Heard Nothing; composed, with Paul Walde, the performative sonic mimicry installation Music For Natural History; and completed the commissions Absorb (multiple channel audio and video installation); This Is For You (audio installation with listener scores); Carried On Your Winds (breath-focused multi-channel participatory installation); and Blood In My Wires, Dust In My Breath (for solo voice with video and electronics). Recent concert-length facilitated compositions with biospheric themes include Root, Blood, Fractal, Breath for the Contact ensemble in Toronto, and Root Bone Wood Stone for the Centre d’Experimentation Musicale in Saguenay, Québec.

Composition List

Pearson’s interest in listening through communication technologies fuelled the creation of telematic compositions, notably the often-performed networked composition PwRHm, created for the Avatar Orchstra Metaverse; the mixed reality work In This Far Now, with Liz Solo; the multi-continent virtual reality work Rotating Brains / Beating Heart composed with Pauline Oliveros and Australian artist Stelarc; and the Skype investigation for hands, breath and voice, Hands Over Sky.

Pearson’s recent compositions with biospheric, site specific and ancestral themes, include Hunt (3) Chanterelles for mixed ensemble; Voicing the Widow Jane Mine for a group of solo voices; Migration of Their Materials, for toy piano and tabla; Tree Sing, for voice(s) and dancer(s) within a treed environment; and Dawn In Glass, made from bird song analysis through the sound of processed glass vessels for outdoor installation.

Pearson’s music appears on a number of audio releases and her work has been presented internationally, including at the Network Music Festival (Birmingham UK), ohrenhoch Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Vektor Game and Art Convergence (Toronto); Newfoundland Sound Symposium; Vancouver International New Music Festival; Firenze MultiMedia Festival (Italy); Sonic Arts Research Center (Belfast, Ireland); New Adventures in Sound Art Sound Play Festival and Intersection (Toronto); Women and Identity Festival (New York), NIME – New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Oslo), Cluster Festival (Winnipeg); Electric Eclectics (Meaford Ontario); Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; among many others, and at conferences such as Brown University’s Art + Environment Symposium (Providence, USA); Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts (Brunel, UK); Canadian New Music Network Forum (Vancouver); International Society for Improvising Musicians (Denver); and the Deep Listening Art and Science Conference (Troy, New York).

Pearson is an active performer and improvisor (flute, voice, accordion, glass instruments, amplified objects, virtual instruments) and event programmer and producer. She presents workshops on listening, soundwalking, improvisation, biospheric art practice, and telematic collaboration, and is a certified Deep Listening® practitioner through the late composer Pauline Oliveros. She is a member of the global collective Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, and the Victoria-based Experimental Music Unit.

Pearson is a first generation Canadian of Nordic and Slavic ancestry who was raised on the lands of the Couchiching and Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. She lives within the unceded territories of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

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