Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Penguin Pieces - Live this Saturday

My ensemble and I will be performing a set of my Antarctic compositions live this Saturday night in San Francisco at the Lab as part of the Soundwave 4: Green Sound Festival. We will be premiering new works inspired by Adélie penguins, scored for natural-object instruments in combination with field recordings from Palmer Station, Antarctica. This time, our instruments will be penguin bones and nesting stones, Antarctic limpet shells, rocks from Breaker Island and more.

Our concert has received a nice write-up in the SFWeekly and is a featured event. Check out the article here:

Please note- we are playing first so don't be late or you could miss our set. Also, many of the shows in this festival have sold out so I recommend either arriving early or purchasing advance tickets.

Animosity in the Illuminated Forest
Featuring performances by composer Cheryl E. Leonard, multi-media artist Elise Baldwin, Norwegian artist Elin Øyen Vister

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Date: Saturday July 31st, 2010
Location: The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco
Time: 7:30 Doors, 8:00 Show
Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale

Infoline: 415.320.6685 or

Cheryl E. Leonard &
Elise Baldwin
Elin Øyen Vister &

Composer Cheryl E. Leonard performs music voicing the catastrophic decline of Adélie penguin colonies near Palmer Research Station in Antarctica. She will be joined onstage by A.L. Dentel, Felix Macnee and Cliff Neighbors, who will play amplified natural objects (including bones, shells and stones from Antarctica) together with field recordings from Palmer Station.

Multimedia artist Elise Baldwin presents her intermedia piece Chimera, part of the Ambit series, a group of live audiovisual turntable performances. The series focuses thematically on the circular nature of memory and the decomposition of physical presence over time.

Norwegian Sound Artist Elin Øyen Vister summons the sounndscapes and the decline of the pelagic seabirds Kittywakem Puffin and Guillemot in the Røst Archipelago in Northern Norway to our shores. With extensive time, research and recordings in the area, Vister investigates a haunting reality for the species.

Artist Talks Q&A will follow performances.

ANIMOSITY IN THE ILLUMINATED FOREST is part of Soundwave Festival ((4)), entitled GREEN SOUND running June 6 to August 13 2010. GREEN SOUND explores the natural world and environmental sustainability through innovative, interactive and experiential performances and exhibitions by over 75 local and international musicians from across the sonic spectrum (experimental to classical to popular music), sound artists, visual artists and filmmakers.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Live on Internet Radio + Touch the Gear Expo

I'll be performing live on the UB Radio Salon on DFM Radio Television International, Wednesday July 14, 4-6 pm US Pacific Time.

The UB Radio Salon is two hours of live improvised music/sound art. This week guest artists Rob Wortman and I will join hosts ninah pixie and das of Big City Orchestra to explore the theme WATER ON STONE. Although our focus is not Antarctica, I will be playing my Antarctic rocks and mixing in several of my unreleased Antarctic field recordings. Tune in:

Archives of past UB Radio Salons (including an Antarctic-themed show I did with Anka Draugelates on 2/18/09) can be found at:

On Sunday July 18th the Outsound New Music Summit presents the Touch the Gear Expo, in which a wide range of San Francisco Bay Area musicians allow you to try out their unusual instruments and sound-making devices/set-ups. I'll be there with a selection of my natural-object instruments including several Antarctic instruments. Here is your chance to play penguin bones, limpet shells and stones from Antarctica, plus California pinecones, driftwood, bark and more.

Touch the Gear Expo
Sunday July 18, 2010 7-9 pm
San Francisco Community Music Center
544 Capp Street at 20th Street
San Francisco

Reminder: My next concert of Antarctic music compositions will be Saturday July 31st at the Lab in San Francisco, as part of the Green Sound Festival.