Illinois News: Soundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environments

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Chicago-based audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks this week as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made. Photo by David Zuchowski

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.

 

Sudden Sound Concert | Krannert Art Museum

Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio performs a 7:30pm concert with two of Chicago’s most creative musical performers, Carol Genetti and Gregorio Gregorio on Thursday, October 20 in the Sudden Sound Concert Series at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois. Facebook Event.

Artists’ Biographies

carol genetti photo by dan mohr

(photo by Dan Mohr)

Carol Genetti is a Chicago-based vocalist whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Her palette is primordial, existing in a space where language and music have yet to be formed and formulated into familiar cultural patterns. Genetti’s aesthetic is one of raw power, yet also delicate, subtle, and precise. An exquisite soloist, she is often also heard in the company of other improvising musicians. She has been performing in North America and Europe, mostly as a vocal improviser, mostly in collaborations with other musicians, including Jack Wright, Eric Leonardson, Bob Marsh, Peter Maunu, Olivia Block, Andrew Clinkman, Katherine Young, Jon Mueller, Albert Wildeman, and Jim Baker. Learn more at carolgenetti.com.

Guillermo Gregorio 2015

Guillermo Gregorio, 2015

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1941, American composer and clarinet player Guillermo Gregorio has lived variously in Europe and the United States since 1986. He has performed extensively, and his compositions have been recorded on numerous CDs by the Swiss label hatART and the American labels New World Records, Atavistic, and Nuscope, among others. His works have been played by noted New Music ensembles in the USA and Europe. In addition, as an instrumentalist, Gregorio has worked with many experimental and improvisational groups, including those that recorded the music of Cornelius Cardew, Anthony Braxton, and Philip Corner, among other contemporary composers. As a visual artist and designer painting and graphic design has a central influence in his music. Learn more at ggregorio.com.

Eric & springboard

(photo by Noé Cuéllar, 2010)

Eric Leonardson is an audio artist who performs with the Springboard, an instrument built by the artist to explore the sonic potential of coil springs and other materials and amplified by a piezo disc contact microphone.

An invitation to new music performances and explorations of Chicago park soundscapes.

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

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

This year, Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and I are leading lead soundwalks for Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) in Chicago parks across the city. With support of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program, MSAE is partnering with the World Listening Project, West Ridge Park Advisory Council, EleVarte Community Studio, and Yollocalli Arts Research, among others. Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information. Please use #MyChiParks and #InTheParks hashtags for social media sharing.
download & share NOITP 8.5x11 soundwalk flier (PDF)

Saturday, Oct 29 3:30–5:00 pm MSAE Soundwalk in Washington Park, 740 E. 56th Place. With Norman W. Long, meet in the Sculpture Garden at DuSable Museum.

Wednesday, Nov 2 7:00–8:00 pm MSAE Soundwalk in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. With Amanda Gutiérrez*, meet at Fieldhouse. Celebrating Dia de Muertos with ElevArte Community Studio.

Sunday, Nov 20 MSAE Soundwalk Brushwood Center/Ryerson Woods. Details TBA.

Dec 11 1-2:00 PM MSAE Soundwalk West Ridge Nature Preserve, with Eric Leonardson. More info TBA.

Dec 17 MSAE Soundwalk Washington Park, with Norman W. Long. More info TBA.
In closing, I would also like to mention Norman’s post-World Listening Day, personal reflection on the importance of soundwalks, in soundscape awareness and placemaking.
I hope to see you some of the events. If you would like to book a performance by me or the trio, host a soundwalk, or subscribe to my newsletter, let me know. Thanks!

Kind regards,
Eric

Video of 2014 Myopic Books Performance

Video a performance on May 19, 2014 with Carol Genetti (voice), Albert Wildeman (bass), and Katherine Young (bassoon); I am performing on the Springboard. This was recorded and edited by John Dworkin. The performance took place in the weekly Myopic Books Improvised/Experimental Music Series in Chicago.

 

Excerpts: Carol Genetti, Eric Leonardson, Albert Wildeman, Katherine Young from John Dworkin on Vimeo.

May 19 Improvised/Experimental Music At Myopic Books

Katie Young collaboration with visual artist Sae Jun Kim
7:30pm Monday, May 19, 2014
Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Eric Leonardson (springboard) performs with Carol Genetti (voice), Albert Wildeman (bass), and Katherine Young (bassoon)

The music happens in the reading room upstairs. Admission Free

Last Broadcast of “Something Else”

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Something Else Radio Program Sundays 10pm–2am WLUW 88.7FM CHICAGO (1995-2010)

On Sunday, December 19 Chicago’s longest running radio show for experimental, avant-garde music, phonography, and other genres of audio art makes its final broadcast, concluding 15-years of programming. In less than two weeks Philip von Zweck, the host and producer of Something Else who started the show in October 1995, will move on to other things. Continue reading

Auris and Gino Robair at Enemy

Friday, October 22, 9:00PM (doors at 8:00)

Gino RobairAuris performs with Gino Robair – Bay Area electronics/percussionist.

Opening: Andrew Royal (violin), Paul Hartsaw (sax), Carol Genetti (voice)

KBD (from Toledo): www.thenoisyattic.com, www.myspace.com/kbdtoledo

Enemy
1550 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622
www.enemysound.com

Listen to WNUR at 2:00PM when Gino Robair and Andrew Royal perform

Auris  is Christopher Preissing – flute, voice, electronics; Eric Leonardson – springboard, electronics; Julia Miller – guitar, electronics

Triage: duo with experimental vocalist Carol Genetti

Carol Genetti (vocals) and I will be performing a duo set at the final show in the Triage Sound Series:

8PM Tuesday, December 18
Elastic Arts
2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60618
suggested donation

There will also be performances by Series founders, Mykel Boyd, and Neil Jendon.