Sonified Sustainability: Six Soundwalks on April 27 & 28

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Ecology and the arts are focus of Sonified Sustainability Festival

Sonified Sustainability Festival starts April 20 at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. On April 27 I will lead three soundwalks in Meadowbrook Park and three on April 28 at Busey Woods.

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.

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

Balance-Unbalance 2016: Data Science + Eco Action

BunB2015data-science4:30 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

June 6: Frequenzgänge #52, Hamburg

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Centro Sociale
Sternstr. 2
20357 Hamburg
www.centrosociale.de

Eric Leonardson: springboard
Lê Quan Ninh: percussion
Birgit Ulher: trumpet, radio, speaker
Angharad Davies: violin
Gunnar Lettow: e-bass, objects, electronics

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WFAE NEWS April-June 2015 edition now online

The April-June edition of World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News Quarterly is now online. My “President’s Report” updates readers about publication of the next Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, and previewed some of the many exciting events concerning artistic and technological responses to impending disasters concerning water and climate at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 conference in Tempe, Arizona.

24 January, Mixage Fou 80-Second Sound Competition In Festival REC

Saturday 24th 8:30 to 10:00 CET/GMT +1 at Gaîté Lyrique (Paris)

Christopher Preissing and I are honored to serve as US Coordinators of the Mixage Fou 80-Second Sound Competition. Winners will be announced today in the festival •REC http://gaite-lyrique.net/festival/rec with Phonurgia Nova, France Culture, La Seminae du Son, and Mixage Fou. Listen to the submissions at http://www.mixagefou.com/mixagefou2014/.

If you want to follow us sign on at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mixage-fou-festival-rec-event from 20.30 to follow the evening Mixage Fou Artists: Julien Belon, Roland Cahen, Collective Sound Checks, One Life Remains, Vianney Aubé, Haithem Bellil and streaming from Chicago with Eric Leonardson.

2013 Megapolis Audio Fest with Anna Friz

http://megapolisfestival.org/blargh/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/anna-eric.jpg7:30pm Saturday, April 13

322 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

View directions here

Suggested donation $9

I’m excited to be performing with Anna Friz again, and we’re honored to be the “pre-festival teaser” for the 2013 Megapolis Audio Festival.

Our previous performance with Anna’s radio installation was in Respire (2011) at ESS. Before that, we performed on tour in the Eastern US, while creating Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie (2007) at the free103point9.org Wave Farm, for broadcast on Kunstradio-Radiokunst in Vienna. Our very first collaboration took place in the 2005 Deep Wireless Festival, with a different instrumentarium. Our radio theater work, entitled Other Music was created and performed with Evalyn Parry (text, voice, cassette player), Chris Brookes (voice, cassette player), Anna Friz (voice, cassette player), and myself (springboard). You can listen to the recording here. (Recorded live at The Drake Hotel on May 27, 2005; duration 9:01.)

Learn more about Anna Friz’s current and upcoming projects here: http://nicelittlestatic.com/.

April 14, John Cage’s “Variations V”

 

dancer with film, speaker

Choreographer Enid Smith activates sound in Variations V with radio sensors by Gregory O’Drobinak, synthesis by Eric Leonardson, Alex Inglizian, Julia Miller, film by Tatsu Aoki, and loudspeaker by Ian Schneller (Specimen Products)

a.pe.ri.od.ic
presents
A JOHN CAGE FESTIVAL

April 13-15, 2012
Chicago

Variations V
*Two Showings*

April 14, 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Collaboraction
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, room 300
$15/10 with student ID
purchase tickets at door, or online
limited ticket availability

Sound: Julia Miller, designer

James Connolly

Eric Leonardson

Christopher Preissing

Alex Inglizian, Kyle Evans, Gregory O’Drobinak

Film: Tatsu Aoki

Choreography:  Enid Smith

Dance: Melissa Schleicher-Sanchez, Jaime Juravic

Program booklet download here.

Variations V (1965), a monumental, multimedia work originally a collaborative performance between John Cage, Merce Cunningham and such notables as Robert Moog, David Tudor, James Tenney, Nam June Paik, Stan Vanderbeek, Billy Klüver, Max Mathews, and Carolyn Brown. This 45-minute piece is presented by a team of Chicago sound artists and musicians, with Cunningham dancer Enid Smith.  The evening will include two performances of the work- an early (7pm) and late (9pm) concert.

Variations V deals obliquely with sound; at its premiere, dancers moved across the stage triggering photocells or antennae, which in turn activated radios and tape playback.  Early iterations of this work further toyed with multimedia, allowing the dancer’s motions to additionally trigger lights and background film. As with many of Cage’s projects, Variations V confounds traditional conceptions of performer and curator.  The composer was present at early performances, manipulating the sounds induced by the dancers in real-time.  Cage derived the instructions guiding both physical actors and sonic consequences through chance procedures, flipping coins.  The veiled but detailed score consists of thirty-five remarks, each informing the structure and procedure of the performance including technical elements and rehearsal instructions.

Amplifiers and horn speakers generously donated by Ian Schneller/Specimen Products.

Sharing sounds with springboard | Daily Egyptian

Untitled from Daily Egyptian on Vimeo.

An online article about my springboard just posted on April 4 in the Daily Egyptian, the newspaper of Southern Illinois University. I was interviewed by Pat Sutphin when I performed in the Outside the Box Music Festival, on Saturday, April 2. You can look and listen to it in the multimedia section. Jay Needham curated the evening of radio art and surround sound works in which I performed on that evening.

Explode The Monkey #4: Chicago Edition @ Enemy

Shick & Leonardson performing, in BerlinEric Leonardson joins Berlin-based turntablist/sound artist Ignaz Schick, and many others, performing in two nights of experimental music @ Enemy. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Music starts at 9:00 p.m.

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