A.I.R. Krems


I am honored to be one of two SAIC faculty awarded a one-month international summer artist’s residency with a studio and living quarters at AIR Krems on the Danube River. Located in the Kunstquartier of Krems, these facilities are provided through the support of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in an exchange with a consortium of cultural institutions referred to collectively as the Kunstmeile Krems. Krems and the Wachau region of Austria is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Visit my AIR Krems profile here.

Video of 2014 Myopic Books Performance

Video a performance on May 19, 2014 with Carol Genetti (voice), Albert Wildeman (bass), and Katherine Young (bassoon); I am performing on the Springboard. This was recorded and edited by John Dworkin. The performance took place in the weekly Myopic Books Improvised/Experimental Music Series in Chicago.

 

Excerpts: Carol Genetti, Eric Leonardson, Albert Wildeman, Katherine Young from John Dworkin on Vimeo.

The Arcade | Chicago Curates Columbia: Audio Arts and Acoustics

I recently helped students in Jesse Seay’s Sound Art Electronics class use piezo disc contact microphones to build amplified sound sculptures and instruments for public interaction at The Arcade, an exhibition space at Columbia College Chicago. Their handmade electroacoustic creations were very fun and effective. The show runs for one month and closes May 2, 2014.

In addition to piezo disc contact microphones, Jesse’s students made many simple light-sensitive oscillators grouped together in a wonderful installation room within the gallery, and in one playful—and soundful—sculptural object.

Art in Research / the Place of Research in Art

4:30 PM, Tuesday March 12
Reading Room in the Robert Frost Library, Amherst College

Copeland Fellows Idan Cohen, Eric Leonardson, Matana Roberts and Artist in Residence Rebekah Tolley reflect on varying modes of “research” in their multidisciplinary work, exploring how their creative process shapes the works they produce.

More info: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/copeland_colloquium/2012

Plasticene’s Final Performance: Graphomania

AFTER SEVENTEEN YEARS, CHICAGO’S PIONEER PHYSICAL THEATER COMPANY

ANNOUNCES OUR FINAL PERFORMANCE PIECE, GRAPHOMANIAx, A WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL WORK, MARCH 17th THROUGH APRIL 1st AT THE CHOPIN THEATER DOWNSTAIRS FOR TEN PERFORMANCES ONLY!

Press Contact: Dexter Bullard dexter@plasticene.com 773.960.9098

GRAPHOMANIAx is a theatrical examination of meaning, privacy and consequence in a paranoid world flooded with data. Plasticene’s performers gather, record, decode, struggle, and crunch information to save the state and themselves from unknown but imminent threat. Masters of scenic innovation, the company uses three rolling chalkboards, complex video projections, experimental live sound, and textured lighting, to build mysterious, visceral, and striking theater. The piece was workshopped as part of City of Chicago’s “In the Works” program at Millennium Park in 2011 with participation of performers Sharon Göpfert and director Paola Colletto.

GRAPHOMANIAx marks Plasticene’s final creation. The company and its mission will remain in existence, but will no longer create new performance work as a collective.

When:

Saturday 3/17 Preview 7:30pm
Sunday 3/18 Preview 3:00pm
Monday 3/19 Opening 7:30pm PRESS INVITED – Please reserve at 773.960.9098 or dexter@plasticene.com
Thursday 3/22 Performance 7:30pm
Friday 3/23 Performance 7:30pm
Saturday 3/24 Performance 7:30pm
Su 3/25 Performance 3:00pm
Thursday 3/29 Performance 7:30pm
Friday 3/30 Performance 7:30pm
Saturday 3/31 Performance 7:30pm
Su 4/1 Performance 3:00pm

Where:

CHOPIN THEATRE, 1543 West Division, Chicago, IL 60642
tel 773-278-1500 / cell 773-396-2875 www.chopintheatre.com

Tickets:
Previews all seats $10 Performances $20 full price, $12 student rush half-hour before curtain, as available.
Make reservations at http://graphomania.eventbrite.com
More Info: 773.960.9098
Visit and “Like” Plasticene’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Plasticene

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Respire: Performance with Anna Friz at ESS on SoundCloud

ESS posted my performance with Anna Friz for the opening of Respire at Audible on its SoundCloud profile. What you hear, amongst a roomful of radios receiving the sounds of breathing and other bodily exclamations typically absent from regular radio programming, is Anna playing amplified sruti, mbira, and electronics. I performed on the Springboard and Korg MS-20. We performed on Friday July 16, 2011. Listen here: Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson Live in Studio A by Experimental Sound Studio

Ear Room Interview

link to Ear RoomMark Peter Wright interviewed me for the March issue of Ear Room, an online publication exploring the creative use of sound in artistic practice. A recording of mine is also featured on Ear Room’s Soundcloud player audio archive.

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2nd Annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Photos and Video

The 2nd Annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition ended Saturday, February 27 at Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta. Severe snow storms in New York made it difficult, if not impossible for some entrants to make the trip. I didn’t win a prize, but I did have a highly rewarding experience, some of which I can share with you here in the form of video, images, and links.

Visit this page to read Georgia Tech’s March 15 announcement of the 2010 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition winners.

Steven Litt auditions CrudBox

Steven Litt auditions the CrudBox for the 2nd annual Guthman Musical Instrument competition at Georgia Tech. This is a self-built instrument using solenoids, piezo pickups, and sequencing with an Arduino board. Out of eight finalists Steven was one of the four prize winners. The other winners were Tomas Henriques, Keith McMillen, and Loud Objects. Continue reading