Interview By John Lane, Standing In The Stream Episode 19

Standing in the Stream, Hosted by John Lane: Episode 19

This episode features a conversation with prolific Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Eric Leonardson. We chatted about his work as an instrument inventor/improvisor, his history with experimental theater in Chicago, and acoustic ecology.

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Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening Lecture at DKSG, June 14

June 17: Magma, Springs and Bugs at Školská 28, Prague

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Eric Leonardson: Solo for Springboard
Brane Zorman: Hidden Materia
Featuring: Petr Nikl – Cockroaching – Beetle Works
Wednesday, June 17 – 19:00

Školská 28 Gallery
Školská 28
110 00 Prague 1
tel. +420 222 966 974

This concert is part of LISTENING AROUND THE CORNER a mini-symposium happening the next day, Thursday, June 18 from 6 to 9.30 at Tranzitdisplay Gallery.

June 6: Frequenzgänge #52, Hamburg

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Centro Sociale
Sternstr. 2
20357 Hamburg
www.centrosociale.de

Eric Leonardson: springboard
Lê Quan Ninh: percussion
Birgit Ulher: trumpet, radio, speaker
Angharad Davies: violin
Gunnar Lettow: e-bass, objects, electronics

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May 15: HOME RADIATION at Defibrillator

HOME RADIATION

Defibrillator is proud to present

ANNA FRIZ, JEFF KOLAR, ERIC LEONARDSON

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HOME RADIATION

Performing with radiophonic instruments, unique homemade electronics, micro-watt transmitters, and re-purposed objects, ANNA FRIZ, JEFF KOLAR and ERIC LEONARDSON create intimate atmospheres traversing acoustic and electro-magnetic space. Together their work can be characterized as a mindful collaboration with vibrational surfaces and unstable circuits; and with subtle treatments of potentially noisy, often lo-fi materials from which highly detailed landscapes emerge. Though all three artists have worked with one another in various constellations in Chicago and internationally, this concert is their premiere outing as a trio.

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May 8: Original Instruments Ensemble at SAIC

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Friday, May 8 at 2:30pm – 4:30pm, my Instrument Construction students will conclude the spring semester with a display of, and performances with, their new and original instrument inventions for SAIC students, staff, and faculty at the Leroy Neiman Center.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago IL 60603

 

New Video With Birgit Ulher at the Renaissance Society

Birgit Ulher and Eric Leonardson from The Renaissance Society on Vimeo.

This video includes the full duration of our one hour concert at Bond Chapel, on the campus of the University of Chicago. The concert begins with a solo by Birgit (trumpet) and then myself (radios, oscillator, springboard), and concludes with our duo.

October 22 “Our Sonic Playground” At Musuem of Contemporary Art

6–8:00 pm Oct 22, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611
Admission: FREE

I am leading a public, interactive event on Oct. 22, part of a weekly Tuesday evening series organized by the Education Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The activities planned will actively engage the public in four ways, to “play, watch, share, and listen.” Students at SAIC, in my Field Recording/Phonography class, and Lindsey French’s “Sensing the Landscape” class, will help along with members of the MSAE and Chicago Phonography.

The event will include soundwalks with making and listening as the main activities, somehow involving field recording, culminating with a phonography performance and discussion. It will engage awareness multiple levels, concerning the social, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of sound.

Springboard – New Video by Josh Baum and Eric Leonardson

Springboard – Eric Leonardson from Joshua Baum on Vimeo.

An intimate performance demonstration of Eric Leonardson’s Springboard, a self-built instrument made from coil springs, wood, and other everyday objects, amplified by a single piezo-electric contact microphone. Its diverse and unusual sounds belie its humble origins. Leonardson built the Springboard in 1994 and has since performed with many artists locally, nationally, and internationally.

Joshua Baum shot and edited this video at Amherst College in 2013.