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.
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.
On Friday, April 8 Amanda Gutierrez and I led a workshop entitled How do soundwalks engage urban communities in soundscape awareness? for Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. With Norman W. Long in Chicago, fellow teaching artist who led soundwalks in our Soundwalks In the Parks last year, contributing, Amanda and I provided ideas and, of course, a soundwalk. A productive discussion discussion concluded the workshop. My colleague from Berlin, Antonella Radicchi posted an excellent text and images about the overall conference experience, including our workshop, and her presentation on the Hush City app, “…developed to empower local communities to identify, map and evaluate quietness on their neighborhoods.”
Amanda and I will post our own workshop report for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.
On February 1, 2017 it was my great pleasure to introduce the new issue of a newly formatted WFAE Quarterly News announcing the launch of the organization’s rebuilt website, an active blog, and the publication of the WFAE’s first digital journal, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Volume 15.
Join us for a community procession of Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night. All ages are welcome.
An invitation to Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s next soundwalk in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.
On this soundwalk I will be engage participants in their experience of the wooded soundscape, and making a sound map of the place, bounded by the Des Plaines River and River Woods Road. A soundwalk, as I offered in this piece, may be conducted in many different ways.
The short “What is a soundwalk?” video offers a media introduction on this practice.
Listening ahead, the final three soundwalks in Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s 2016 Night Out In the Parks series happen in December, in these parks on these dates, with these teaching artists:
- Washington Park, Saturday, December 11 led by Norman W. Long
- West Ridge Nature Preserve, Saturday, December 18 led by Eric Leonardson
- Garfield Park Conservatory, Wednesday, December 21 led by Amanda Gutierrez
The deadline for the 2017 Invisible Places is November 30, 2016. Its focus is sound, urbanism, sense of place, and acoustic ecology. Submit your papers, proposals for artistic residencies, workshops and soundwalks via EasyChair.
The conference dates are April 7–9, and location is Sao Miguel Island, Azores.
Along with meeting wonderful artists and architects, engaging science and society, in the first iteration of Invisible Places in 2014, I served on the international scientific committee and performed solo in the medieval cathedral in Viseu, Portugal, itself a charming place. It was an moving experience and expect the same next year. I hope you will come and participate, too!
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