The 606 Soundscape, June 18

 

606soundscapeJoin us on The 606 & Bloomingdale Trail starting 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18.

Explore new soundscapes. Go on soundwalks with Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W Long, Anna Orlikowska and me. Hal Rammel and I will show how to make simple instruments.

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Schedule

The 606 & Bloomingdale Trail
June 18, 2016

● 10-11 am Meet at Julia de Burgos Park, Albany Access Point
Soundwalk with Amanda Gutierrez & Eric (Spanish) 

● 1-2 pm Meet at Exelon Observatory at Ridgeway, the West Trailhead
Soundwalk with Norman W. Long & Eric (English)

● 4-5:20 pm at lawn over St. Louis Ave & Bloomingdale Trail 
Instrument Making Workshop with Hal Rammel & Eric 

● 6-7 pm Meet at Wood Street Access Ramp
Soundwalk with Anna Orlikowska (Polish)

Visit 606soundscape.org for details. View printable trail map. Support for this project is provided by the Chicago Park District in partnership with the City of Chicago and The Trust for Public Land. Join us next month for soundscape interactions July 16–18.

Andrea Centazzo & Friends, March 12 at Constellation

Andrea Centazzo card3Join us for an evening of music with Italian American percussionist Andrea Centazzo and a wonderful group of musicians and their unique invented instruments: Ed Herrmann (Skatchbox), Greg O’Drobinak (Arc of the Oven), Hal Rammel (Sound Palette), and myself (Springboard), plus Volcano Radar: Rollo Radford (bass), Elbio Barilari (guitar, sax, violin), and Julia A. Miller (guitar, synthesizer).

8:30 PM Saturday, March 12
Constellation – 3111 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60618
18 and over
Tickets $10
Sponsored by Istituto Italiano di Cultura: Chicago

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Original Instruments Concert, Live at the RAM, 4-22-12

Album coverBlondena Music has released the live recording of the first concert of original music performed on original instruments at the Racine Art Museum, by Hal Rammel, Wilhelm Matthies, the Kenosha FreeGagaku Ensemble, and myself.

Download or stream the recordings and see photos of the instruments and performers here on Blondena Music.

April 22, Original Instruments Concert at Racine Art Museum

OICatRAMPlease join us at Racine Art Museum for original music played on original instruments.

2–4 PM Sunday, April 22, 2012

Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
262.638.8300
www.ramart.org

Hal Rammel, Eric Leonardson, Wilhelm Matthies and The Kenosha FreeGagaku Ensemble will play original instruments solo and in groups. The setting is the Racine Art Museum, a world leader in promoting crafts as high art.

Baschet Brothers Musical Sculpture

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Aluminum Piano with Ed Herrmann and Timothy Grundydetail of Baschet's Aluminun PianoEd Herrmann tests Baschet Brothers Aluminum Piano

Baschet Brother’s musical sculpture, a set on Flickr.

Friday, July 1 at 2–3 p.m. 4th floor, in the museum’s gallery experimental musicians Hal Rammel, Eric Leonardson, and Ed Herrmann will play and accompany François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano (1962). Free with museum admission.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

This performance is a part of the exhibition Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s
July 1 – October 30, 2011
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Crystal Baschet Concerts with Hal Rammel and Ed Herrmann

Friday, July 1 at 2–3 p.m. 4th floor gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art. Free with museum admission.

Experimental musicians Hal Rammel, Eric Leonardson, and Ed Herrmann will play and accompany François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano (1962) in the museum’s gallery.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

This performance is a part of the exhibition Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s
July 1 – October 30, 2011
Curated by Timothy Grundy, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow

Each month a new set of performers take the stage:

July 29:  Dan Mohr and Adam Vida
Aug 26: Coppice (Noe Cuellar and Joseph Kramer)
Sept 30: Gregory O’Drobinak, Eric Leonardson, and Ed Herrmann
Oct 28: Jim Dorling and Sam Wagster

Shapes of Sound exhibition online

Eric Leonardson performs on the Springboard

Eric Leonardson performs on the Springboard, an amplified walker with a wide variety of springs and percussion devices attached. Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI (1997).

Hal Rammel inspired me to make my own instruments in 1990. Tonight, I learned from him that a web page about the wonderful exhibition of experimental musical instruments and their inventors, The Shapes of Sound: Musical Instruments and the Imagination in the Midwest, curated by Hal is now online.

I was honored to be among the 14 artist-inventors having their instruments on display. My Springboard was shown, and I gave a brief solo performance in the show. The show was held in October through December 1997 at an important, non-profit center for culture and learning in the Midwest, Woodland Pattern Book Center located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1979.

As noted on my Experimental Instruments page, the Springboard was built in 1994 thanks to Hal’s example as a sensitive and thoughtful maker, performer, and teacher.

Many photographs of the artist-inventors, and the exhibition itself, are shown along with Hal Rammel’s enlightening catalog essay. To learn more about his fascinating writing, visual art and music for yourself, please visit Hal’s homepage.