Deep Listening Artists

Artists that are involved with the activities of the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. are listed here.  Some are Deep Listening Certificate Holders, some have been associated with other programs and performances of the Institute.


Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
Tomie Hahn Director
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Lisa Barnard Kelley

Lisa Barnard Kelley is a vocalist, writer and performance artist. She has honed her skills over the years in acting, movement, stage direction/design, puppetry, jazz/free improvisation and sound production which she experiments with in performances including elements of spoken work, vocalization, masks, music and movement. She dedicates her craft to exploring the open field of vocal expression from within and through the guidance of her mentors.

Kelley is a student of Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and studies dream work and Egyptian mythology/divination with Ione and Andrea Goodman, recently traveling in 2004 to Southern Italy to study the Black Madonna and ancient temples of Sicily. Recently, Barnard has completed projects with Pauline Oliveros for a commissioned film score Maquilapolis and participated as Kingston, NY Coordinator for Robert Whitman’s media project Local Report. Lisa performs frequently with Linda Montano and co-created the band Brothelkin with lyricist Bob Lavaggi and guitarist Ian Turner. Currently, Barnard is collaborating with Al Margolis developing a multi-media performance piece, MutaMYTHeatre’s Three Songs in Search of a Voice: a noh(t)opera.

Kathy Kennedy

Kathy Kennedy is a sound artist whose practice generally involves the voice and issues of interface with technology, often using telephony or radio. She is also a singing teacher, choral director and arranger, and a community artist living in Montreal, and is a founder of the digital media center for women in Canada, Studio XX. Her large scale sonic installation/performances for up to 100 singers and radio, called "sonic choreographies," have been performed internationally including the inauguration of the Vancouver New Public Library and at the Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Series. This year's HMMM performance piece in Montreal involved several thousand hummers along the city's main street.


Karen King-Aribisala


WRITER OF FICTION, novel, short story, poetry.

To me the identities of Woman and Artist are almost
synonymous in the sense that Woman is the fount, the
source of creativity, the creative impulse which her
Artistic self then moulds and fashions to express her
inherent, innate creativity in various ways.
To be Woman is to be Artist.
To be Artist is to be Woman.


Rachel Koenig

New York, USA

Art Forms: Oriental Medicine including acupuncture and herbology; Homeopathy, Jungian Sand Play. Fiction, poetry, essay, and interview. Editorial midwifery. Student of voice and cello. Priestess, Ministry of Maat.

I am drawn to creative experience within which I can fully express myself as a spiritual being . As a healer, I experience the act of compassionate listening, of “diagnosis,” through story and touch, as a kind of still and sacred art form. Within each patient I encounter the entire universe. Having practiced Oriental Medicine for nearly two decades, during the past several years my other great passions, writing and music, have resurfaced. My novel, The Ravens’ Bridge, set in Prague in three layers of time, is an exploration of what it is that can actually travel and survive through time and historical trauma. Musically, I love to sing and have just begun to play the cello. Everything that motivates me to create is literally inspired by my continually evolving awareness of my female incarnation. Whether writing, healing, or sounding music, I desire and continually seek a profound connection to the lineage of female being.


Siew Wai Kok


Video art, sound & improvised music

I work with video and sound (mostly using the human voice) as my artistic practice. My work is mostly personal, starting from the very private self and moving towards understanding humanity in general. I believe that as human beings, we share the same human nature and face similar human problems. We have a common ground. Therefore, to understand oneself is ultimately to understand others, whom we live and work with everyday. This inquiry requires great effort, courage, persistence and genuine honesty, in which sometimes is not easy, as our modern human lives have become quite complicated and confusing. Along the way, we have forgotten “how it all get started” and the very thing that is dear to us. “Finding the true nature of the self and bravely giving it a voice” is what I’m interested in art making.


Erika Kramer

cineMA naif... using still images linked together to create a short reflection of a
archetypical subject or cultural ritual. Naturally connected to the movement of 'slow-art'. A kind of storytelling or mirroring that provides the viewer connected space to imagine their own 'life-experience' as if each of us is a pearl and the story is a string. that brings us together... like a big circular hug.
Poetry. & Haiku / Image.
The ART of TOUCH (impossible in virtual reality) a massage voyage ... lnspiring the spirit to soar and travel inviting a dreamtime state.

The revelation of the 'feminine principle' ... conscious and delicious expression.
As connected circle & cycle .. light, healing, joy... the matrix and dynamic where
problem solving is a creative act from the heart. Seeing my life in time...connected
to the whole. Art is not a visit but the flowline... even the mess in my house is
an 'artists' expression. Chaos theory. Fractal metaphors of discovering and serving
The universe by aligning the elements of a moment to light-up a fresh encounter with
process and solution. Blessed be/e.