Winter 2018 News Update

I hope the start of 2018 has felt full of potential for you.

It is my pleasure to announce a performance featuring Hamburg-based trumpet player Birgit Ulher. Please join Birgit and myself with vocal artist, Carol Genetti at Elastic Arts. Katherine Young (bassoon, electronics) and Birgit will open with a duo set.

Thursday, February 8
9 PM
3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

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Birgit also visits SAIC’s Department of Sound that week with support from Goethe Institut Chicago.

Upcoming in 2018

As spring semester begins at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I teach, I eagerly embark on a sabbatical term to focus my own projects. Here are some of the events and travels I look forward to:

  • Starting January 29, I’m honored to be invited back to the artists’ retreat at Ragdale, until February 23.
  • On February 24, I join SAIC Professor Linda Keane and students from her Eco Design course at SAIC to give river ecology workshops for the Chicago River Student Congress 2018 at Bryn Mawr High School, a Chicago Public School.
  • A tribute for my friend Nigel Frayne, who passed away on January 8, 2018, was posted the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News. He was a great friend and supporter of the WFAE, and for me personally, as its president. Please stay tuned we as we remember and honor his many achievements and quiet gifts through the year.

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Best wishes for a healthy and productive 2018.

Sincerely Yours,
Eric

Birgit Ulher, Elastic Arts | February 8, 2018

Birgit Ulher with Carol Genetti and Eric Leonardson + Ulher and Katherine Young

Join us at 9:00 PM Thursday, February 8, 2018

Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

Birgit Ulher is an exquisite sound artist and improvising electroacoustic trumpeter. We have performed together on several occasions in Chicago and Hamburg since 2007. I anticipate this concert will be an equally exquisite experience.

This concert is supported by Goethe Institut Chicago in partnership with SAIC Sound. Share our Facebook Event

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Singing Insect Soundwalk at North Park Village Nature Center – Friday, July 28

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

World Listening Day 2017 | Listening to the Ground

Join The Lucky Trikes, World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and me to celebrate World Listening Day. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground,” created by composer and sound artist Pauline Oliveros.

We start at 6:00 PM and conclude at 7:30 PM, in Garibaldi Park.

Address:
1520 W Polk St
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Find us on top of the hill.

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The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band, and another Night Out in the Parks partner. We will lead a soundwalk around the park as part of World Listening Day. We’ll do some “ear cleaning” exercises conceived by R. Murray Schafer and some community listening, and even Deep Listening as conceived by Pauline Oliveros.

And read lots of stories about nature and city sounds and listening!

Take a walk at night, and walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

photo of Pauline Oliveros playing accordian

Pauline Oliveros in 2015. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18, the birthday of Canadian composer and founder of acoustic ecology, R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933). This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground” devised by Pauline Oliveros who passed last Thanksgiving Day at age 84. As a well-known woman pioneer of electronic music composition, improviser, teacher, and founder of Deep Listening, she was a friend and inspiration to many of us. Continue reading

Sunrise, June 21 Dean Rosenthal’s Stones/Water/Time/Breath for Make Music Chicago

Play with me at sunrise this Wednesday, June 21 in a public, participatory performance of Dean Rosenthal‘s Stones/Water/Time/Breath.
As we did last year, our performance kicks off the first of a full day of free, community music making for Make Music Chicago.
Sunrise is at 5:17 A.M. Feel free to share this Facebook event with anyone who might be interested. Download the score from Dean’s website.

June 24 [New Date], Calling Frog Soundwalk At West Ridge Nature Preserve

5801 N. Western Ave.
Saturday, June 24
7:30 – 9:30 PM

Calling Frog Soundwalk

NOITP logo design by James LeonardsonFrogs and toads are considered bellwether species. Their emergence or disappearance indicate changes in the health of our environment. Our evening soundwalk with Eric Leonardson will provide an introduction to some of the sounds of the several species, as well as their presence within the overall West Ridge soundscape. Learn about the West Ridge frog monitoring and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Calling Frog Survey. Decode the signals and undertones of plants, animals, and urban life. Become a citizen scientist. (Rain date June 24.)

Follow the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology to learn more 2017 Soundwalks In the Parks series.

Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

Big thanks to the Chicago Parks Foundation for posting the  June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” interview highlighting the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Night Out In the Parks soundwalk series, employing local teaching artists with support of the Chicago Park District.

I describe how our thematically-focused soundwalks can serve as immersive, mindful ways to entertain, research, and discover a rich variety of meanings and interrelationships in one’s soundscape.

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Farm-to-Fork Dinner Waste Not, Want Not on May 18

image of sprouting seed

Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross, Research photograph for A Great Green Desert, 2016.

I am serving up some sounds for a special dinner on Thursday, a part of the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide. Nourish your body and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago IL

Sorry, the RSVP has closed. Please see the exhibition and consider attending the upcoming forum, This Land/That Land Symposium.

The dinner will explore topics of food waste and our collective relationship to agriculture. Nourish your body with a farm-to-fork prepared meal by Chef Abra Berens and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. More…