The start of this new year brings a special time for peaceful reflection, planning, performing, production, and fellowship during my 25-day residency at Ragdale. This is my third residency here since 2015. Ragdale is an interdisciplinary artists’ community established in 1976 in Lake Forest, Illinois by poet Alice Judson Hayes, the granddaughter of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.
On April 26, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news posted this well-written online article by Jodi Heckel about my public soundwalks in Urbana parks, all part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival. Thanks go to Jason Finkelman and the Student Sustainability Committee for their interest and support. In coming months look for a video documenting the festival’s artists and their performances. Portion of this will include the Springboard and my concert at Krannert Art Museum with Carol Genetti and Guillermo Gregorio last October.
For Illinois News Bureau Arts blog Jodi Heckel wrote:
The festival will conclude with soundwalks in two Urbana parks. Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, will lead walks at Meadowbrook Park and Busey Woods to encourage participants to listen more deeply to the soundscapes of their environments. Leonardson is a performer, composer and sound designer, and a professor of sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The soundwalks will take place at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. April 27-28. The April 27 walks are at Meadowbrook Park and the April 28 walks are at Busey Woods. They are free, but tickets are required and the walks are limited to 25 people each.
Read the full article. Among the festival’s featured artists are Cooper-Moore, Terry Dame, Geoff Gersh, Bradford Reed who all perform on unique, handmade instruments.
Sonified Sustainability events are open to the public, free admission, and suitable for all ages. Check out the full list of programs.
I’m happy to share a bundle of news about my fall season events, starting this week!
These include debut performance of the Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio and soundwalks hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Night Out in the Parks 2016 Partner. Here’s a list. I hope you will join us, listen, share, and enjoy.
Upcoming Performances and Events
- Oct 14 Second Fridays with Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio
- Oct 20 Sudden Sound Concert with Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio
- Oct 21 Student Engagement Sonified Sustainability Fest 2017
- Oct 23 Fusion at Hinsdale Public Library
- Oct 29 Soundwalk Washington Park/DuSable Museum
- Nov 2 Soundwalk Dvorak Park
- Nov 20 Soundwalk Brushwood Center/Ryerson Woods
- Dec 11 Soundwalk West Ridge Nature Preserve
- Dec 17 Soundwalk Washington Park/Bynum Island
- Reflections on World Listening Day 2016, by N.w. Long
This week and next, two concerts debut the new Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio featuring Guillermo Gregorio (b♭ clarinet) and Carol Genetti (voice, objects) with yours truly (springboard, electronics).
Friday, Oct 14 7-8:00 PM at William Harris Lee & Co. in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 560. The entrance is to your right as you step out of the elevator. Following our set is another by Ampyre (Mimi Wallman and George Matt Bowles) at 8-9:00 PM. Admission free. Facebook Event
Thursday, Oct 20 7:30-8:30 PM Sudden Sound Concert at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois. Admission free.
Friday, Oct 21 Leading soundwalks and listening exercises for public school children with Deirdre Harrison of The Lucky Trikes and Jason Finkelman. This is a prelude to the Sonified Sustainability Fest 2017 happening next spring in Champaign-Urbana.
Sunday, Oct 23 1:00 pm–2:00 PM Fusion at Hinsdale Public Library, “a signature event…to open eyes and minds,” finds me presenting the Springboard and handmade electronic instruments.
Soundwalks In The Parks
Greetings, I hope you’re enjoy a great summer. I’m sharing info on tomorrow morning’s soundwalk at West Ridge Nature Preserve.
DATE: Saturday, August 27
LOCATION: 5801 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
This event is free and open to all ages.
Starting at the Western Avenue entrance, our soundwalk explores the ecological restoration project that started at West Ridge in 2011, still underway. Many native species of plants and animals have returned, visibly and audibly. Meet scientists who monitor its frog population. This event is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks events. Soundwalking explores our relationship to sounds around us as listeners and creators of our soundscape.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1776938659217852/
Check out the nearby SummerSonic 2016 at ESS in the afternoon.
This soundwalk is part of series continuing through the year with Amanda Gutiérrez and Norman W. Long in other Chicago parks, all part of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)’s Soundwalks In The Parks Program, made possible by a Chicago Park District grant.
Please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.
All the best,
A Celebration of Citizen Science and Stewardship
June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen to the sounds of nature, and soak in musical and theatrical performances. While enjoying the festivities, you will also learn more about opportunities to study and protect Chicago’s natural treasures.
At 6:30 I will lead a soundwalk and then participate in a panel discussion, from 7:30 to 8:30, on ecoacoustics and acoustic ecology.
I will also provide news and information about my soundscape project for The 606 Open AIR and the 2016 Soundwalks In the Parks program with Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long, supported by the Chicago Park District.
Festival located at the south entrance across from McGuane Park
(312) 747-6497 Map
Greetings! Here is some news from Balance-Unbalance in Manizales. Following my “Eco-sensing” talk on Monday, I presented briefly in a large global Live Audio Streaming Panel with Grant Smith on Wednesday. Video of the panel stream is now archived here on YouTube.
We enjoyed discussing our experiences and ideas about real time location-based audio and environmental listening with a large host of brilliant artists and researchers. It was genuinely a global panel with participants from Australia, Estonia, Korea, Japan, England, and USA.
Thursday and Friday at the Universidad de Caldas, adjacent to the Jardín Botánica, we’re having the “Sounding Colombia” workshop led by members of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology: Scott Smallwood and Stephan Moore of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Emmanuel Galvan of the Foro Mexicano de Ecología Acústica (Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology), with Grant Smith of the UK-based SoundCamp.
Balance-Unbalance helps convene people with a great body of knowledge and ideas. We can come together again for World Listening Day: Sounds Lost and Found on Monday, July 18, and through the week of July 16th-22nd, to explore one of most important ways we have to understand and design our world, through soundscape awareness and listening.
All the best,
4:30 PM Monday, May 9, I am giving a presentation titled “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” in the Balance-Unbalance 2016: Data Science + Eco Action conference.
The 5th edition of Balance-Unbalance (BunB 2016) will be held May 9–11, 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. BunB 2016 is designed “…to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society in an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.” Continue reading
I am one of the curators for WATER WORKS! the 2016 Waterwheel online sharing event devoted to water in its social, economic, scientific, and artistic manifestations. Over this weekend people around the world can sign in for free to host or watch events at the Tap.
My four selected works are “Railroad Storm Drain” by Christopher DeLaurenti; “Unter Grund” by Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther; “von der rheinquelle bis hafen karlsruhe | rhein_strom,” by Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek; and Jay Needham‘s “Liquesce 1.”
Our Tap is Water Works! 4, with Ricardo Dal Farra and Leah Barclay. It opens at 22:00 CDT. Again, the Tap is free to sign in and interact with anywhere in the world. Program, dates & times are posted at http://bit.ly/program-WaterWorks.
Over 150 contributors responded with a total of some 260 contributions accessible on the Waterwheel Media Centre. 22 curators assessed the contributions and will present a selection in a series of seven online panels on the Tap on 18-20 March 2016. Join the live streams at http://water-wheel.net/taps-list.