Chicago Reader critic Justin Hayford reviews the Articular Facet performance of “Bracken (for Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins, including Department of Sound faculty, Julia Miller in Rhinofest, February 4 at the Prop Thtr.
7PM , Wed. Feb. 4 RhinoFest 2015
3502 N Elston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618
I perform in “Bracken (after Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins (2014) with Articular Facet.
Bracken adapts the language of circuits and software for interpretation by any instrument. A computer generates and projects a live streaming score that that directs the payers to interact with one another following rules derived from binary logic and various methods of analog and digital signal processing. Articular Facet first performed Bracken for the Chicago Composers’ Consortium in 2014.
Performers include: Sam Bradshaw, contrabass; Johanna Brock, violin; Mark Hardy, electronics; Deirdre Harrison, voice and objects; Ed Herrmann, skatchbox; Dan Godston, trumpet; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jeff Kowalkowski, Nord; Julia Miller, electric guitars; William Jason Raynovich, cello; Sid Samberg, viola and piano; Will Soderberg, electronics
Also performed this evening, “The Hound” by Mark Hardy.
In January I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at Ragdale, a non-profit artists’ community in Lake Forest, Illinois. The estate includes live-in studios and a 50-acre prairie. My 25-day residency will provide time for many interests. This includes studio work, writing, class preparation, tour planning, and acoustic ecology. I will lead a public soundwalk for the World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology at the Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on Sunday, January 25.
This is a postscript to mention my debut in a new role, on Sunday, September 7th, as the MC for Water Music on the Beach. Near Berger Park in Chicago, a cast of many wonderful composers and musicians performed that afternoon. This event was organized by 6018NORTH. Please visit Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology for more info.
We're setting up at the end of Rosemont 1blk e. of Sheridan, for Water Music pic.twitter.com/OO90Fjs26q
— ericleonardson (@eleona) September 7, 2014