Amherst College Copeland Colloquia on Art in Place / the Place of Art

ArtinPlacePosterFallFinalBeginning in January I will be an artist-in-residence at Amherst College. I was selected by faculty at Amherst College to be a Copeland Fellow in their colloquium on “Art in Place/the Place of Art.” The Copeland Fellows for the spring semester also include saxophonist Matana Roberts, filmmaker Catherine Masud, and choreographer Idan Cohen.

The Copeland Colloquium was established in 1971 by Morris A. Copeland, Class of 1917, and his wife, Mary, with the intent “to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and different perspectives to engage with faculty and students at Amherst College in a way designed to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas.” The Copeland Fellows, who often participate in colloquia and other programming on campus, bring to the College a variety of perspectives and interests, enriching the Amherst community.

Read more about the Copeland Colloquia here.
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Malformation, 60×60 PianoForte Mix

My one-minute composition, Malformation was selected for the 60×60 PianoForte mix at the PianoForte Foundation, coordinated by Christopher Preissing. Founder/organizer Robert Voisey describes 60×60 as a one-hour music extravaganza featuring 60 one-minute slices of New Music.

Malformation is a digital sound creation that uses one small piano sample read by a self-made application, built from Nobuyasu Sakonda’s Max/MSP patches. Made in 2000, his freely available patch allows for random panning, graphical drawing of the resynthesis as a gesture in performance, among other kinds of control.

Michael Norris’s Sound Magic freeware spectral shaping AU plugin, and the Freeverb AU plugin added some timbral and spatial characteristics to the output of the re-synthesized Fazioli piano sample.

December 5, Variations VI Performance at Neiman Center, SAIC

Variations VI poster7:00–9:00 pm Wednesday, December 5

Leroy Neiman Center
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago IL 60603

Variations VI (1966), for a plurality of sound-systems (any sources, components and loud-speakers) will be performed by students, faculty, and others in the Leroy Neiman Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Variations VI is one of a set of seven variations composed between 1958 and 1967 by American composer, John Cage (September 5, 1912 — August 12, 1992).

This performance was organized by composer, instrumentalist, and SAIC Faculty member Julia Miller. Projects/Systems/Scores are designed by its performers: Lee Blalock, James Connolly, Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson, Julia A. Miller, Alyssa Moxley, Enid Smith, and Will Soderberg. Located in downtown Chicago, the Neiman Center is SAIC’s first ever campus center, recently opened in May 2012.

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Photos From AUDIOPARC Launch In Laval, Québec

Launch of a series of sonic art events curated by Magali Babin and hosted by Galerie Verticale in Laval, Québec. On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 Natalia Petkova performed, with amplified horns transmitting their sounds to handheld, portable FM radios. Jen Reimer and Max Stein collaboratively performed a multi-channel sound composition. Douglas Moffat installed a sound and video work. Following the soundwalks Andra McCartney and I each led on Saturday afternoon, Andra and I discussed our history, ideas, and current activities in soundwalking. Andra McCartney wrote about our soundwalks on her Soundwalking Interactions blog. My talk described the efforts of the World Listening Project and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

AUDIOPARC took place around the Métro de la Concorde. AUDIOPARC continues through 2013, and AUDIOPARC is meant to present new and captivating projects with the bold idea to make Laval a playground for the ears. Featured artists in 2013 are Patrice Coulombe and Kathy Kennedy. Photos by Alexis Bellavance and Eric Leonardson. Production: Galerie Verticale

Link to the AUDIOPARC Flickr photo set at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCSJKtu

November 20, X-Act Sound On Free Radio SAIC

poster design by Fred Henzel, 2012

X-Act Sound, a live one-hour radio listening experience created by students of Eric Leonardson’s Introduction To Sound course, at the SAIC Department of Sound.

Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM (US CST / GMT -6)

Listen at Free Radio SAIC

What you can expect to hear: sounds made live and recorded in the field and in the studio, using microphones, tape loops, modular synthesizer, analog and Pro Tools mixing, laptop edits-on-the-fly, broken connections, audio captured on the Internet, electronic music, musique concrète, voices, contact microphones amplifying machines, bicycles, coils in electromagnetic fields, silence, and more…Login to chat with us while we are “on the air.”

Free Radio SAIC is the student-run Internet radio station of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We use an open programming format and encourage our DJs to explore and experiment with the medium of live radio. Program content and style vary but generally include music from all genres, sound art, narratives, live performances, current events and interviews.

This show will be be available afterward on the archive.

November 19 at Myopic With Albert Wildeman (bass)

Eric Leonardson performs at Myopic. (Photo taken by Aaron Zarzutski, August 2008)

7:30 PM, Monday, November 19

Myopic Bookstore
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622
Find us up on the second floor.

Albert Wildeman (bass) and Eric Leonardson (springboard, electronics) perform in the weekly Myopic Improvised/Experimental Music Series, curated by Fred Lonberg-Holm, Brian Labycz and Aaron Zarzutzki.

More info the Myopic Improvised/Experimental Music Series: www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html

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Oct 6, EcoMedia Panel at International Sculpture Conference

Time/Date: 10:00—11:30 AM Saturday, October 6
Location: Columbus Auditorium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603

During the 23rd International Sculpture Conference I will speak on a panel entitled, EcoMedia: Environmental Science & Technology & Interaction in Public Art. The panel’s moderator is Andrea Polli. The panelists are Paul Catanese, Eric Leonardson, and Russell Bauer.

In the 21st century, there has been a resurgence of ecologically conscious art using new media technologies. Like Eco-art, this recent Ecomedia movement is interdisciplinary and global. Ecomedia is heavily influenced by developments in science, particularly remote imaging and other Earth sensing (for example, the widespread use of GPS data) and developments in computer modeling (for example, detailed models that not only model the physics of the Earth and solar system, but also explore the Earth’s chemistry and biology). This panel will present a series of public art work case studies, both permanent and temporary, that could be considered Ecomedia.

The International Sculpture Conference opens on Wednesday, October 3 and concludes on Sunday, October 7. Visit sculpture.org/Chicago2012/ for registration, schedule, blog, and more.

 

October 13, MiniSoundFestival at Prak-Sis

8:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 2012

prak-sis logoPrak-Sis Gallery, 1917 W Irving Park Road
North Center, Chicago IL 60613
(Located between Wolcott and Damen Avenues, a 2-minute walk west from the Irving Park stop on the CTA Brown Line.)

From the organizer, Gwenn-Aël Lynn:

Chicago has long been known for a cradle of innovative music. The tradition continues with an impromptu MiniSoundFestival at Prak-Sis in the North Center neighborhood. Come taste the best of Chicago Sound on October 13th 2012 at 8pm. The legendary oNo will be there  as well as Eric Leonardson, Charles Mahaffee, Ben F. Carney and more.

Advance tickets are $5 and will be $7 at the door. Get your advance tickets by clicking on http://www.gwennaellynn.com/upcoming/. All the proceedings go to the musicians. Support your local sound scene! This is a BYOB event.

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AUDIOPARC et lancement de la programmation de l’automne 2012

AudioParc bannerAndra McCartney and Eric Leonardson speak and lead soundwalks around the Métro de la Concorde, for Audioparc, a series of sonic art events curated by Magali Babin and hosted by Galerie Verticale in Laval, Québec. AUDIOPARC is meant to present new and captivating projects with the bold idea to make Laval a playground for the ears.

 

Launch date: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 17h

AUDIOPARC includes installations, interventions, performances and presentations by artists Andra McCartney, Douglas Moffat, Eric Leonardson (Chicago), Jen Reimer and Max Stein, Nataliya Petkova, Patrice Coulombe and Kathy Kennedy. These will happen through the programming year of 2012-2013.

Schedule

Friday, September 28
17h Launch of the 2012-2013 season with the artists and the curator
19h Presentation of the work of Douglas Moffat
20.30h Performances by Max Stein and Jen Reimer

Saturday, September 29
13h Conference Andra McCartney and Eric Leonardson
14h Soundwalk and discussion with Andra McCartney and Eric Leonardson
16h Performance Nataliya Petkova * Bring any small portable radio *

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New Music at the Green Mill, 2–5 PM Sunday, September 23

Please join me for this concert with the SEXTET of Abbinanti/Gregorio/Leonardson/Preissing/Wildeman/Wosko  at 2–5 PM Sunday, September 23.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
4802 N. Broadway Avenue (Corner of Lawrence & Broadway)
Chicago, IL 60640
773.878.5552
(21 and over)

Frank Abbinanti – piano
Guillermo Gregorio – reeds
Eric Leonardson – springboard
Christopher Preissing – flute
Albert Wildeman – bass
Lilliana Wosko – cello

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The remainder of bill includes…

Gentle Prelude
American Piano Howl, Part 1 George Flynn
George Flynn, piano

TWO John Cage
Christopher Preissing, flute
Frank Abbinanti, piano

Sonata #1 Thom Stevens
Thom Stevens, piano

— BREAK —

Eleventh Hour Wind Quintet
Divertimento Opus 4 Hanns Eisler
Woodwind Quintet Hetu
Tetrodotoxin(less than 25 mg) Scott Scharf

Dalia Chin, flute
Laura Adkins, oboe
Joe Sanchez, clarinet
Mariana Felix, bassoon
Max Pankau, horn

— BREAK —

Mike Spex and friends; rap artist, trumpet and Frank Abbbinanti, piano