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)
Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”
The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.
We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”
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,
Please join me for a soundwalk with Carl Strang’s Singing Insects Monitoring Program, starting at 7 PM Friday, June 24 at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60646.
My soundwalk is part of series starting this week, with Amanda Gutiérrez and Norman W. Long who lead soundwalks in other Chicago parks, all part of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)’s Soundwalks In The Parks Program, across Chicago for the Night Out In The Parks 2016 series.
Schedule with links to Facebook invitations:
Friday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60646
Meet at Lodge. Limited openings. Please sign up on Eventbrite, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-550-6150. Share this FB Event.
Explore new soundscapes. Go on soundwalks with Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W Long, Anna Orlikowska and me. Hal Rammel and I will show how to make simple instruments.
The 606 & Bloomingdale Trail June 18, 2016 ● 10-11 am Meet at Julia de Burgos Park, Albany Access Point Soundwalk with Amanda Gutierrez & Eric (Spanish) ● 1-2 pm Meet at Exelon Observatory at Ridgeway, the West Trailhead Soundwalk with Norman W. Long & Eric (English) ● 4-5:20 pm at lawn over St. Louis Ave & Bloomingdale Trail Instrument Making Workshop with Hal Rammel & Eric ● 6-7 pm Meet at Wood Street Access Ramp Soundwalk with Anna Orlikowska (Polish)
Visit 606soundscape.org for details. View printable trail map. Support for this project is provided by the Chicago Park District in partnership with the City of Chicago and The Trust for Public Land. Join us next month for soundscape interactions July 16–18.
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
Tuesday, April 26: Chicago local ABC Channel 7 News announced I am one of the artists creating cultural programming in the landscape of The 606 park system along the Bloomingdale Trail. My series of events will invite communities to explore urban soundscape awareness through a series of soundwalks, original instrument-making classes, beginning in May and culminating with participation in World Listening Day on the weekend of July 16–18. A schedule will be announced soon through the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks app.
Walsh Park, 1800 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL
I will be one among many people hosting outdoor activities for all ages The 606 Bloomingdale Trail. My activity is a “sound scavenger hunt.” Register on The GREAT 606 Challenge page to win a collectible prize for completing the challenge. My station is at Park 567, near Milwaukee Ave. and Leavitt St.
Sign up for my mailing list to receive news of future events I will organize on The 606 this year, through the spring and summer, as one of the two inaugural 606 Open Artists-In-Residence.
“The 606” is the system of parks that includes the Bloomingdale Trail and its four access parks. Formerly, the trail was an elevated freight railway line. It was re-purposed into a public park with support from the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District and The Trust for Public Land.