Review of “Rub” by Auris + Gino

Rub by Auris, art by Eric LeonardsonOur CD Rub by Auris with Gino Robair received a very positive review by Dave Madden. Auris is my trio with Julia Miller and Christopher Preissing. Rub was released in 2013 by Public Eyesore, and is available on SquidCo.


Rub is a dazzling display of virtuosity. So much talent across musical chops and knowing how to use that Ivory Tower perfection to offer new music is almost criminal.” Read the whole review here in The Squid’s Ear.

Review of Articular Facet in Rhinofest

Chicago Reader critic Justin Hayford reviews the Articular Facet performance of “Bracken (for Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins, including Department of Sound faculty, Julia Miller in Rhinofest, February 4 at the Prop Thtr.

Different Worlds | Review of Rub

The Sound Projector bannerThe Sound Projector, the wonderful, British music magazine and radio show, posted a Rupert Loydell’s new review of “Rub,” my 2013 CD with Auris and Gino Robair.

Auris is my trio formed in 2007 with Julia Miller and Christopher Preissing. Rub is available as a joint label on Public Eyesore and Pan Y Rosas.
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“Rub” New CD Release On Public Eyesore and Pan Y Rosas

CD cover "Rub"Just in and out this week, a new CD recorded with the Auris Trio (Christopher Preissing, Julia Miller, and me) and renowned the San Francisco percussionist Gino Robair. Purchase yours on Public Eyesore or download a free MP3 version from the Pan Y Rosas netlabel.

The CD (PE 125) feature duos and quartets with the members of the
Auris Trio and Gino Robair, six tracks in all, recorded at ESS in 2010 by Alex Inglizian. It was exquisitely mastered by Neil Jendon. The artwork features an intaglio print I made in the 1970s. Lou Mallozzi wrote the album notes and Christopher Preissing designed the album art.

Eric Leonardson – springboard, electronics
Julia Miller – guitar, electronics
Christopher Preissing – flute, electronics
Gino Robair – percussion, electronics

If you’ve never experienced our music live, this it the next best thing. Check back on this “what’s new” blog or sign up for my email list to receive news about a future CD release concert in 2014.


December 5, Variations VI Performance at Neiman Center, SAIC

Variations VI poster7:00–9:00 pm Wednesday, December 5

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

Variations VI (1966), for a plurality of sound-systems (any sources, components and loud-speakers) will be performed by students, faculty, and others in the Leroy Neiman Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Variations VI is one of a set of seven variations composed between 1958 and 1967 by American composer, John Cage (September 5, 1912 — August 12, 1992).

This performance was organized by composer, instrumentalist, and SAIC Faculty member Julia Miller. Projects/Systems/Scores are designed by its performers: Lee Blalock, James Connolly, Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson, Julia A. Miller, Alyssa Moxley, Enid Smith, and Will Soderberg. Located in downtown Chicago, the Neiman Center is SAIC’s first ever campus center, recently opened in May 2012.

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April 14, John Cage’s “Variations V”


dancer with film, speaker

Choreographer Enid Smith activates sound in Variations V with radio sensors by Gregory O’Drobinak, synthesis by Eric Leonardson, Alex Inglizian, Julia Miller, film by Tatsu Aoki, and loudspeaker by Ian Schneller (Specimen Products)

April 13-15, 2012

Variations V
*Two Showings*

April 14, 7:00pm and 9:00pm
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, room 300
$15/10 with student ID
purchase tickets at door, or online
limited ticket availability

Sound: Julia Miller, designer

James Connolly

Eric Leonardson

Christopher Preissing

Alex Inglizian, Kyle Evans, Gregory O’Drobinak

Film: Tatsu Aoki

Choreography:  Enid Smith

Dance: Melissa Schleicher-Sanchez, Jaime Juravic

Program booklet download here.

Variations V (1965), a monumental, multimedia work originally a collaborative performance between John Cage, Merce Cunningham and such notables as Robert Moog, David Tudor, James Tenney, Nam June Paik, Stan Vanderbeek, Billy Klüver, Max Mathews, and Carolyn Brown. This 45-minute piece is presented by a team of Chicago sound artists and musicians, with Cunningham dancer Enid Smith.  The evening will include two performances of the work- an early (7pm) and late (9pm) concert.

Variations V deals obliquely with sound; at its premiere, dancers moved across the stage triggering photocells or antennae, which in turn activated radios and tape playback.  Early iterations of this work further toyed with multimedia, allowing the dancer’s motions to additionally trigger lights and background film. As with many of Cage’s projects, Variations V confounds traditional conceptions of performer and curator.  The composer was present at early performances, manipulating the sounds induced by the dancers in real-time.  Cage derived the instructions guiding both physical actors and sonic consequences through chance procedures, flipping coins.  The veiled but detailed score consists of thirty-five remarks, each informing the structure and procedure of the performance including technical elements and rehearsal instructions.

Amplifiers and horn speakers generously donated by Ian Schneller/Specimen Products.

Friday, June 17 – Articular Facet

Performing 7PM

A part of the 11th Annual SKETCHBOOK: EVOLUTION

The Chopin Theatre
1543 West Division
Chicago IL 60622

Also performing next week Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24.

ARTICULAR FACET is a continuation of Julia Miller’s electroacoustic performance project series that began in early 2011 with Joseph Kramer, Noé Cuéllar, Coppice, Andy Ortmann, and Auris.

SKETCHBOOK is Collaboraction’s annual cross-disciplinary performance festival “…featuring the collective talents of more than two hundred pioneering directors, designers, actors, musicians and artists from Chicago and around the country for a jaw-dropping evening of creativity, experimentation, and celebration.”


Articular Facet at Collaboraction CARNAVAL

Collaboraction CARNAVAL

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

I perform with Julia Miller and Coppice: Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer, as a part of Articular Facet 2.

Collaboraction CARNAVAL

Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee, Chicago IL 60622
www.doubledoor.comArticular Facet at Collaboraction CARNAVAL

$10 general admission, $15 at the door; doors open at 8:00, show begins at 8:30. From the Facebook event: Articular Facet serves as an audio guest artist for Collaboraction‘s legendary fundraising party.
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Auris and Gino Robair at Enemy

Friday, October 22, 9:00PM (doors at 8:00)

Gino RobairAuris performs with Gino Robair – Bay Area electronics/percussionist.

Opening: Andrew Royal (violin), Paul Hartsaw (sax), Carol Genetti (voice)

KBD (from Toledo):,

1550 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622

Listen to WNUR at 2:00PM when Gino Robair and Andrew Royal perform

Auris  is Christopher Preissing – flute, voice, electronics; Eric Leonardson – springboard, electronics; Julia Miller – guitar, electronics