Paige Naylor leads the Deep Listening project at The Bridge. She is a local musician and teacher, in the band Sweet Tooth, and performs solo experimental music. She is currently in the process of getting her certification in Deep Listening through Rensselaer Polytechnic University and is using this process to introduce deep listening to the community.
The Deep Listening practice involves, “bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself. It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth.”* Deep Listening encourages not just musicians but all members of the community to participate. It combines a deep connection with others with a sense of playfulness through music, movement and a collective shared openness.