Join The Lucky Trikes, World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and me to celebrate World Listening Day. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground,” created by composer and sound artist Pauline Oliveros.
We start at 6:00 PM and conclude at 7:30 PM, in Garibaldi Park.
1520 W Polk St
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Find us on top of the hill.
The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band, and another Night Out in the Parks partner. We will lead a soundwalk around the park as part of World Listening Day. We’ll do some “ear cleaning” exercises conceived by R. Murray Schafer and some community listening, and even Deep Listening as conceived by Pauline Oliveros.
And read lots of stories about nature and city sounds and listening!
Take a walk at night, and walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)
World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18, the birthday of Canadian composer and founder of acoustic ecology, R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933). This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground” devised by Pauline Oliveros who passed last Thanksgiving Day at age 84. As a well-known woman pioneer of electronic music composition, improviser, teacher, and founder of Deep Listening, she was a friend and inspiration to many of us. Continue reading
I thank the Chicago Parks Foundation for the interview and post on June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” highlighting the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Night Out In the Parks soundwalk series, employing local teaching artists with support of the Chicago Park District.
I describe how our thematically-focused soundwalks can serve as immersive, mindful ways to entertain, research, and discover a rich variety of meanings and interrelationships in one’s soundscape.
Soundwalks are free events, held across Chicago by various artists who have relationships with music, dance, socially engaged art and technology, black history, citizen science, nature, and landscape architecture. Teaching artists, many who are alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, have their own relationships with the residents of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and with local staff and volunteers, actively engage residents in the care and use of these parks. Given our focus on the ecological practice of soundwalking and listening, residents gain a unique and enhanced understanding of their soundscape that builds deeper relationships with individuals and community.
It is my pleasure to announce the next set of soundwalks led by Chicago teaching artists, alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. The Summer Soundwalks In The Parks Series kicks off at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 8 at Ping Tom Park with “A Sonic Taste of Chinatown” led by Amanda Gutierrez. Address: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (meet at the Pagoda)
An invitation to Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s next soundwalk in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.
On this soundwalk I will be engage participants in their experience of the wooded soundscape, and making a sound map of the place, bounded by the Des Plaines River and River Woods Road. A soundwalk, as I offered in this piece, may be conducted in many different ways.
The short “What is a soundwalk?” video offers a media introduction on this practice.
Listening ahead, the final three soundwalks in Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s 2016 Night Out In the Parks series happen in December, in these parks on these dates, with these teaching artists:
- Washington Park, Saturday, December 11 led by Norman W. Long
- West Ridge Nature Preserve, Saturday, December 18 led by Eric Leonardson
- Garfield Park Conservatory, Wednesday, December 21 led by Amanda Gutierrez
Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”
The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.
We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”
I’m happy to share a bundle of news about my fall season events, starting this week!
These include debut performance of the Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio and soundwalks hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Night Out in the Parks 2016 Partner. Here’s a list. I hope you will join us, listen, share, and enjoy.
Upcoming Performances and Events
- Oct 14 Second Fridays with Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio
- Oct 20 Sudden Sound Concert with Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio
- Oct 21 Student Engagement Sonified Sustainability Fest 2017
- Oct 23 Fusion at Hinsdale Public Library
- Oct 29 Soundwalk Washington Park/DuSable Museum
- Nov 2 Soundwalk Dvorak Park
- Nov 20 Soundwalk Brushwood Center/Ryerson Woods
- Dec 11 Soundwalk West Ridge Nature Preserve
- Dec 17 Soundwalk Washington Park/Bynum Island
- Reflections on World Listening Day 2016, by N.w. Long
This week and next, two concerts debut the new Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio featuring Guillermo Gregorio (b♭ clarinet) and Carol Genetti (voice, objects) with yours truly (springboard, electronics).
Friday, Oct 14 7-8:00 PM at William Harris Lee & Co. in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 560. The entrance is to your right as you step out of the elevator. Following our set is another by Ampyre (Mimi Wallman and George Matt Bowles) at 8-9:00 PM. Admission free. Facebook Event
Thursday, Oct 20 7:30-8:30 PM Sudden Sound Concert at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois. Admission free.
Friday, Oct 21 Leading soundwalks and listening exercises for public school children with Deirdre Harrison of The Lucky Trikes and Jason Finkelman. This is a prelude to the Sonified Sustainability Fest 2017 happening next spring in Champaign-Urbana.
Sunday, Oct 23 1:00 pm–2:00 PM Fusion at Hinsdale Public Library, “a signature event…to open eyes and minds,” finds me presenting the Springboard and handmade electronic instruments.
Soundwalks In The Parks
Join me for a soundwalk exploring our summer soundscape at night at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, for Nature on Tap! Fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) members and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students will perform their nature-inspired music.
6-9:00 PM Wednesday, September 7
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago IL 60614
- Phone: 773-755-5100
Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and local musicians KG Price (percussion), Jen Hill (cello), Frank Harrer (invented instruments), and Christopher Preissing (flute) will engage you in their nature inspired music.
This month’s theme: The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night
This event, one of the monthly Nature on Tap series, is a chance to explore the museum kids free. Stroll through the exhibits, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, with a craft beer or a glass of wine. Bring your friends and enter the trivia competition or play board games while you listen to live music. Meet some of our resident animals at a live critter connection.