5801 N. Western Ave.
Saturday, June 24
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Calling Frog Soundwalk
I thank the Chicago Parks Foundation for the interview and post on June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” highlighting the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Night Out In the Parks soundwalk series, employing local teaching artists with support of the Chicago Park District.
I describe how our thematically-focused soundwalks can serve as immersive, mindful ways to entertain, research, and discover a rich variety of meanings and interrelationships in one’s soundscape.
Soundwalks are free events, held across Chicago by various artists who have relationships with music, dance, socially engaged art and technology, black history, citizen science, nature, and landscape architecture. Teaching artists, many who are alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, have their own relationships with the residents of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and with local staff and volunteers, actively engage residents in the care and use of these parks. Given our focus on the ecological practice of soundwalking and listening, residents gain a unique and enhanced understanding of their soundscape that builds deeper relationships with individuals and community.
I am serving up some sounds for a special dinner on Thursday, a part of the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide. Nourish your body and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
400 S. Peoria St.
Sorry, the RSVP has closed. Please see the exhibition and consider attending the upcoming forum, This Land/That Land Symposium.
The dinner will explore topics of food waste and our collective relationship to agriculture. Nourish your body with a farm-to-fork prepared meal by Chef Abra Berens and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. More…
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Photo from a scene during “Quantum Monk II,” my performance collaboration with Fujima Yoshinojo, a.k.a. Rika Lin and company on Saturday, April 22 at Links Hall at Constellation Chicago.
Quantum Monk II was part of the Beyond the Box performance series curated by Rika Lin, Beyond the Box continues through May 2017.
It is my pleasure to announce the next set of soundwalks led by Chicago teaching artists, alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. The Summer Soundwalks In The Parks Series kicks off at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 8 at Ping Tom Park with “A Sonic Taste of Chinatown” led by Amanda Gutierrez. Address: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (meet at the Pagoda)
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.
Students of Eric Leonardson’s Instrument Construction 4004 course perform on unique and newly invented instruments for acoustic and electronic sound.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 1st floor
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL 60603
Free beverages and snacks will be provided courtesy of SAIC’s Department of Sound.
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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.