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
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Lorah Yaccarino

New York, USA

Guitarist and Composer

My identity as a woman and artist is a playful, nurturing, warrioress who plays a kick-ass guitar.

I am a composer and guitarist. Within these modalities I consider myself an expressionist in sound. I often use the ancient Greek modes and incorporate an occasional Indian Raga with organic drones and textures for the melodic content of most works. It is important to me to be highly attuned to the moment we are all creating. I open the 12 strings of my guitar to channel and invoke my muse and any willing and available spirits that want to come along for the ride.

Lorah first picked up the guitar at age 12 when she began her studies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and later continued at the American Institute of Guitar in Manhattan. As a vital element of the 80’s East Village Music and Art scene Lorah has lead several bands and has been involved in many Off-Broadway and multi-media performances. In 1989 Lorah became interested in the effects of music and sound on the healing process. This led her to several pilgrimages to the Mediterranean and England. Here she explored ancient sacred /site/sites, capturing on tape the ambient rhythms and resonant textures of primeval temples. Feeling a deeper connection to the holistic nature of sound Lorah formed the groups Ritual Motion and Sacred Fire for the presentation of these new found ideas. At some point in the mid 90’s Lorah connected with Ione, the world of Deep Listening and Pauline Oliveros. Some of Lorahs performances have been at The Knitting Factory, Rhythm Fest, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Series, and the Woodstock Renaissance Fair.

Current project:
Critically-acclaimed author and Tarot reader Michael Yaccarino has teamed up with his cousin Composer and recording artist Lorah Yaccarino on the creation of a Tarot inspired sonata. Dealing with the feminine attributes of strength, desire, vulnerability, and passion each passage is an enthralling adventure with mystical dimensions.


Gayle Young

Gayle Young plays two instruments of her own design. The amaranth is a 24-stringed zither with moveable bridges, based on an instrument built by Lou Harrison, and sharing many features of oriental stringed instruments such as the koto. The columbine is a percussion instrument using 61 steel tubes placed horizontally over a resonator, with a just intonation tuning of 23 pitches per octave.

Young is also the author of The Sackbut Blues, the biography of Hugh Le Caine, an early innovator in electronic instrument design. She has published many articles on aspects on musical innovation, and was the editor of Musicworks Magazine between 1988 and 2006; she is now the publisher.

All Releases by Gayle Young