Past Events

Friday, 7 April – 7:30pm
.ZACK, 3224 Locust Street
$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists
Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show.

HEARding Cats Collective is honoured to present Dr. Carla Scaletti, co-founder of KYMA music computer systems, the system of choice by sound designers and scientists worldwide. The quintessential link between technology and art, MU-PSI, like sci-fi, starts with a hypothetical premise and imagines a universe in which that premise is true. Inspired by ideas like double-well potentials, friction, Huygen’s pendulum clocks, CERN, and the emergence of life from inorganic matter, the sounds are visceral, passionate, and playful.

Mu-Psi is science fiction that you experience with your entire body through total immersion in the vibrational field we call sound. It poses questions that generate more questions, and you are invited to stick around at the end to discuss the sounds and ideas with the composer and with each other.

Carla Scaletti has invited HEARding Cats co-founders Rich O’Donnell, abstract drummer, and Anna Lum, poet, to improvise with her for part of the performance. Mu-Psi is an evening of live experimental quadraphonic electronic music where the audience is invited to listen, to ponder, to question and, at times, to help generate some of the sounds.

Among her many awards, she is winner of the 2017 SEAMUS Award for important contributions to the field of electroacoustic music, she has been invited to present keynote addresses at the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD 2017) and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015), was an invited participant in GVA Sessions 2015 a workshop involving choreographers, filmmakers, and particle physicists from CERN — and was a regular lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) when it was still in Paris. Each year, she co-organizes the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS, which will take place in Oslo in 2017).

Saturday, March 4 – 7:30pm
The Kranzberg Arts Center Studio, 501 N Grand Boulevard
$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists
Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show.


HEARding Cats is excited to present Gabriel Dharmoo in his Anthropologies Imaginaire, a solo vocal performance that interacts that interacts with an accompanying mockumentary wherein the experts comment on invented vocal traditions demonstrated by the singer-performer.

Anthropologies Imaginaire is a humorous and disturbing exploration of post-colonialism, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism and cultural appropriation.

Various odd or isolated vocal expressions from around the world are woven together and revisited through imaginary folklore and experimental voice techniques, showcasing the virtuosity, versatility, and strangeness of the human voice. The result is an aural landscape that questions concepts of normality by reminding audiences how people across the world use the voice differently to convey their cultural identities and artistic sensibilities.

The piece was the winner of the Best International Production at the 2015 Amsterdam Fringe Festival and the Contra Guys Award for Best New Performance Text at the 2016 SummerWorks Festival.

Chris King also made a blog post on Dharmoo for St. Louis magazine.

Dharmoo will also be giving a workshop at the Electronic Music Studio (Tietjens Hall) at Washington University on Friday, March 3rd.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

Between What Is & What Could Be

Sunday, 26 February – 7:30pm The Sheldon Ballroom, 3648 Washington General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 Please RSVP to! HEARding Cats Collective is celebrating the 80th birthday of our co-founder and artistic director, Rich O’Donnell, with a concert that spans 47 years. From O’Donnell’s 1970 MikroTimbre I solo for amplified TamTam, to free […]

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Analog Revenge

Saturday, 13 May – 7:30pm The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street General Admission $15, Student and Artist $10 HEARding Cats Collective knows that our culture is drowning in digital technology, so we are proud to present ANALOG REVENGE and show the world that analog survives and thrives.  ANALOG REVENGE presents three masters of analog synthesis with […]

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Serious Warping of Space, Time, and Your Mind, A Sci-Fi Fantasy

Sunday, 20 Novemer – 7:30 PM The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 As part of our 8th season of keeping Saint Louis Strange and Wonderful, Hearding Cats is mystified to present a 5 act collaboration with 19 artists inviting you to move through space and time on 3 […]

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Nov 20 2016 – Watch this Site for Developments

In the Druid calendar, Samhain is the time of year when the barrier between the worlds is thinnest. According to documents that have come into our possession an unprecedented breach is on the horizon! The barrier will be as thin as the slightest veil on November 20 at the Kerr Foundation on the Riverfront. Watch this […]

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Out of the Blue

A unique experience cultivated by merging  poetry with abstract music and video  October  22, 7 :30 p.m. The Luminary , 2701 Cherokee Street $10  general admission, $5 students and artists Poets Stefene Russell, Anna Lum, Katherine Mitchell and Treasure Shields Redmond will read selections from their works. This event features creations from digital artist Thomas Sutter […]

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Ned Rothenberg

    Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a […]

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Ned Rothenberg recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Ned Rothenberg perform on October 1. We had a great turnout!   We look forward to seeing you on October 22 at our next event, Out of the Blue at The Luminary Arts, featuring poets Stefene Russell, Anna Lum, Katherine Mitchell, and Treasure Shields Redmond!

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A MULTIMEDIA  PERFORMANCE & DONOR PARTY at Satori 3003 Locust Street June 4th 2016 at 7pm featuring dimension -busting 3D video by  VAN McELWEE : ‘Archaic Rooms’ and ‘Y-Space’  CASPER McELWEE: ‘Anaglyphs Chakras’  Live Soundtracking by ASAKO KUBOKI , violin PAPA WRIGHT hyper-karimba    RICH O’DONNELL Kyma MIKE MURPHY (aka dr. mabuse), re-synthesized guitar Cat Chefs: Suzy Farren, Anna Lum, […]

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