library experimental is an ongoing series focusing on Chicago’s experimental musicians. it is happening at the Chicago public library in jefferson park on saturday, march 3, from 2-4pm.
early! free! kid friendly! if the kids are patient!
the first installment of the 2018 season features sorry, no pike; wilhelm matthies; and kimberly sutton / andrew scott young duo!
jefferson park library is located at 5363 w lawrence. convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/
Sorry, No Pike is Eric Leonardson, springboard; Lilianna Wosko, cello; and Christophe Preissing, flute, objects, voice. Together their improvisations are lyrical, quirky, noisy, visually and sonically inventive and incorporate found, invented and traditional instruments.
Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as the Executive Director of the World Listening Project, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson created sound with the Chicago based physical theater company Plasticene (1995-2012). Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences.
Lilianna Zofia Wosko is a Chicago-based classically trained cellist with primary focus on solo and chamber music performance. Lilianna received her Masters in Music in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts Music Conservatory. She has appeared with classical, jazz, new music and international music ensembles in the Chicago area and abroad. In her commitment to expanding her repertoire, Lilianna incorporates elements of different musical genres into her style and has been part of Alama de Tango Ensemble and Tomorrow Music Orchestra. Lilianna is a regular studio musician and she has released three of her own CDs, “My Christmas”, Edited to Form”, and “Episodes 1-12″
Christophe Preissing is an independent composer, audio artist, producer, artistic instigator, and the founder and artistic director of NON:op Open Opera Works, a company dedicated to creating and producing immersive, site-specific, intermedia works. His composition for The Waking Room was praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “brilliant… sound-crazy score.” Recent work includes is SI ng, a performance with Matt Bodett at Victory Gardens, sound for Inferno for the University of Notre Dame’s Journeying La Divina Commedia, the opera-installation Thunder, Perfect Mind, and sound installations at the Harold Washington Library, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Columbia University (NY).
Wilhelm Matthies mostly records in the studio releasing solo, duet and group pieces on SoundCloud and his micro-netlabel darkpebble-bluewave. Mostly his music is contemporary classical either as free improvisation or using graphic composition. He also has played live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with various musicians including Rick Ollman, Hal Rammel, Paul Westfahl, Linda Binder, Jason Wietlispach and Mark Mantel.
Wilhelm has been developing a line of string instruments he calls mosesa since 2012. (Several other instruments came before.) As you can see in the photo, it is horizontally oriented without a fingerboard and fretboard. The idea is to create an instrument that allows for maximum access to the string spectrum and allows various sounding boards to be attached. The instrument sound is picked up using microphones to emphasize the sonic quality of acoustic materials, plastic bottles in versions 1-7, cedar plates and thin wood bowls in versions 8 and 9. Characteristically, Wilhelm bows the instrument with an erhu bow, which allows the range of high overtones to the full, clear tones of the string to be heard.
Kimberly A. Sutton is a cellist, sound artist and composer living in Chicago, IL. Her installation and sound design work explores the subtleties of daily life and connections between the physical properties of sound and cultural signifiers of its content. As a composer and improviser her practice involves meditational exploration of a physical connection with an instrument. Recent installations have been shown at ArtPrize and the Chicago Home Theater Festival and compositions at Detroit Contemporary and the Technosonics Festival at the University of Virginia. She has a BA in Political Science and Music from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Electronic Music and Recorded Media from Mills College.
Andrew Scott Young began his love of music with the double bass at age 10. Studying in public school and privately at the University of Missouri he played bass and guitar in school orchestra, jazz band, and countless other bands and groups throughout central Missouri. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas in the jazz program performing with big bands, vocal ensembles, and small groups. After school Andrew moved to Chicago where while performing, touring, and recording, he began teaching private lessons and leading groups at the School of Rock.