TINA M PEARSON is a composer, performer and facilitator whose interests in sonic phenomena, perception and modes of human interaction have led to roles in art, education and community development. Many of her projects engage the boundaries between languages, disciplines, genres and cultures, and between creators, performers and audiences. Pearson’s work often includes eco-mimicry, altered, just or micro tunings and spectral-temporal investigations, and usually incorporates a focus on breath, attention states and/or stretched modes of performance practice.
Pearson composes, performs and collaborates in acoustic, electronic, multidisciplinary and telematic settings with conventional, found and invented instruments. She performs with extended flute, vocalization, tuned glass, accordion, virtual instruments and simple objects. Her playing is guided by depth of listening and bringing to the fore voices, sounds and places that have been unspoken, unnoticed or forgotten.
Pearson has been commissioned to compose music for acoustic ensembles, new media performances and installations, new choreographic works, networked virtual reality performances and film and video. Her work has been presented in North America and Europe, including in festivals such as the Vancouver International New Music Festival, Newfoundland Sound Symposium, New Adventures in Sound Art Sound Play Festival (Toronto), International Society for Improvising Musicians (Denver), Women and Identity Festival (New York), Network Music Festival (Birmingham UK), Cluster (Winnipeg), and Electric Eclectics (Meaford Ontario); and at conferences including Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts 2010 (Brunel, UK), NIME – New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Oslo), Canadian New Music Network Forum (Vancouver), Deep Listening Art and Science Conference (Troy, New York) and others.
Pearson was editor of the journal Musicworks and an instructor in Sound Art at OCAD University. She creates and performs with the global collective Avatar Orchestra Metaverse and with the Victoria, Canada group LaSaM. She is a certified Deep Listening® practitioner through the late composer Pauline Oliveros, is an Associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre, and a member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, Canadian New Music Network, and other associations.