Performance: Ritual Objects, Central Sounds | The Art Institute of Chicago

“Ritual Objects – Central Sounds” – A Sonic Ceremony
July 14, 2016
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, The Art Institute of Chicago
Free with museum admission; registration required
In this performance I will combine field recordings from Chicago soundscapes with live and recorded sounds by Aurelio, a musician, educator, ethno-musicologist, researcher, sound designer, and sound healer.

Using archaic, contemporary, and invented instruments, artist Aurelio leads an immersive and participatory sonic ceremony recalling the journeys taken by objects featured in Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection.

About the Artist:
Through his extensive travels and studies all around the world, Aurelio has become a noted pioneer in the development and manufacture of innovative musical instruments, whether it be simple inviting instruments for beginners, or instruments specially designed for use in sound healing. He is the Creative Director of SVARAM Musical Instruments, Vocational Training and Research Station.

Watch a performance by Aurelio.


WFAE Feature Article: Observations On “Crossing Listening Paths”

My report, “Observations on the 2011 WFAE International Conference “Crossing Listening Paths,” about the 2011 WFAE International Conference is published in the Nov/Dec WFAE Newsletter.

This report is describes my personal observations of the conference and Kerkyra, on the island of Corfu, Greece. Rather than offering an analysis of the events, I wrote about whatever held my memory for any reason. The photos were taken by Nigel Frayne and me.

Here’s one sound. I hope to post more sounds when time allows.

Online Report Published in WFAE Newsletter

headerThe World Forum for Acoustic Ecology’s WFAE Newsletter published my brief report about Megalópolis sonoras: Identidad cultural y sonidos en peligro de extinción (Sound Megalopolis: Cultural Identity and Sounds in danger of extinction) in the May-June, 2009 issue. This conference was hosted by the Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology at Fonoteca Nacional, 23-27 March, 2009 in Mexico City.

Look under the Observations and Commentary section for links to my report (PDF and HTML) plus papers and reports by Nigel Frayne, Hildegard Westerkamp, Vivienne Spiteri, Randolph Jordan, and others. The WFAE Newsletter Archive provides access to all its back issues published since July 2004.